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When you can and can’t run a background check

April 26, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The World Clown Convention may sound like your office every single day, but is actually an event that brought together 200 clowns from around the world to Albuquerque.

There was no word on whether they all arrived in a single VW.

Assuming that you want to hire one of the non-disturbing variety for your kid’s birthday party or hire anyone to come into your home for that matter, can you run a background check?

If you ask permission and the person says yes, it’s ok. 

If you don’t want to ask permission, it will depend on the type of information you want. 

Credit checks are not public information, so you need the person’s written permission before running one or you will face charges.

Adult criminal records are public, but you may have to pay a service background check service if you don’t want to go to the courthouse. However, you generally need a person’s social security number to get accurate results.

Even without running an official check, you’d be amazed how much information you can get just by Googling Bozo’s real name.