Can I Request Date of Birth for a Background Check?

Posted By Cindi

Date: October 1st, 2008

Category: FAQs

Because of laws prohibiting age discrimination, most applicants expect not to be asked for date of birth. Effective background screening often requires that piece of information, however. You are allowed to request date of birth, and even race, as long as: you request it for all applicants for the same type of work, get that information on a ‘tear-off’ or separate page from the main application, and do not store that information in the permanent file (it must be destroyed after the background check).

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