Seattle Background Checks

Background checks are a key step to ensuring that the right candidate is hired for the job, but can often take a lot of time and require tedious research to avoid legal trouble. Health Street is here to help companies flawlessly accelerate the background screening process in Seattle. We can perform criminal database checks, DOT background check services, and even check the references or credentials that a candidate claims on a resume.

Register for a background screening in Seattle online or by calling (206) 347-1012. Every individual being screened will receive a waiver electronically, and the background screening will begin automatically once it has been signed. If this is the first time that your company has ordered a background screening through Health Street, then we will also send you an agreement to be signed electronically.

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Seattle WA Background Check

Statistics About Crime in the City of Seattle, WA

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In 2020, law enforcement in the city of Seattle recorded a total of 4,468 violent crime offenses of which 2,651 related to aggravated assault and 52 related to homicide.
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A total of 38,787 property crime offenses were recorded by Seattle law enforcement in 2020 of which 10,427 related to burglary.
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In 2020, a total of 1,004 narcotic violations and 994 DUI offenses were recorded by law enforcement in the city of Seattle.

Background Check Laws Specific to the City of Seattle

In addition to federal and state background check regulations, Seattle employers must further follow city-specific laws when using background screenings. City officials established the Fair Chance Employment Ordinance on November 1, 2013, which declared new restrictions on how local employers could use criminal records during the hiring process. Under the Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, categorical exclusions such as “felons may not apply” are prohibited from job ads.

The ordinance also limits questions of criminal history on job applications and background checks until after the Seattle employer conducts an initial screening. In the event that an applicant is denied employment based on a conviction record, the employer must provide a legitimate business reason for denial in addition to providing the applicant or employee the opportunity to explain or correct criminal background information.

Background Screening Stories Specific to the City of Seattle

In an ongoing lawsuit first filed in 2018, Seattle-area landlords are suing the city claiming Seattle background check laws violate their constitutional due-process rights by protecting themselves and already established tenants. Under current city law, Seattle landlords cannot ask a potential tenant about their past criminal record and cannot reject an applicant because of a criminal record.

As of right now, the only applicants who can be denied on the basis of a criminal background screen are those who are listed on the sex offender registry. If landlords fail to abide by these regulations, they can be fined upwards of $11,000 for the first offense and up to $55,000 after that. When the city passed this law, those who supported the initiative said it would lower barriers for those seeking housing who were often denied by landlords due to background check information.

The plaintiffs in the 2018 suit and their attorney group, Pacific Legal Foundation, have previously challenged the city of Seattle on a law that requires landlords to accept the first qualified renter who applied. The plaintiffs state that they have rented to individuals with previous conviction records before but simply want the ability to choose.

What Types of Background Screenings Does Health Street Offer in Seattle?

Criminal Background Screening Packages

Our criminal background checks for Seattle always begin with a Social Security Number Trace. We offer the option to build your own package or select from one of our popular background check packages below.

Platinum Package – $175

The Platinum Package includes everything listed in the Triple Database package, plus Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level).

Ultimate Package – $250

The Ultimate Package includes everything listed in the Platinum Package, plus a 10 panel drug test.

Build Your Own

This package can be mixed and matched to meet your needs, including options from our criminal database checks, resume verifications, sanctions, and drug testing. The price will be determined by the combination of services selected.

Additional Background Screening Services

Our DOT screening services or resume verification can help you save valuable time and ensure that your candidates meet the requirements for the job.

Resume Verification

Beginning at $39, our resume verification services can be used to check a person’s work history, credentials or certifications, and references.

DOT Background Checks

The price of this option depends on which of the background check services is selected. We offer a variety of DOT screening services, including Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) checks and DOT Prior Employment Drug Test History.

Why Order a Background Check

Why Are Background Checks in Seattle Important?

The safety of your employees and reputation of your company may be at risk if the wrong candidate is hired. Background screenings can help you identify important information that may determine whether someone is qualified for the job. As with any city, ordering a background screening in Seattle is a critical step to making sure you hire the best person for the job.

Why Choose Health Street For Seattle Background Checks?

Health Street has over a decade of experience with performing background checks in Seattle. Laws and regulations are different depending on the location, so performing a background check independently can be risky. We are here to help employers in Seattle avoid the risk of legally uncovering too much information during the hiring process, save time and money, and assist in hiring the best candidates for the job.

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Background Checks for Other Locations

Looking for a Different City?

Try taking a look at the Washington Background Check page.

Looking for a Different State?

If you’re looking for a background screening in a different state, you can find the state background checks pages here.

Citations

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“Year to Date Totals.” Seattle Police Department, https://www.seattle.gov/police/information-and-data/crime-dashboard
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“Fair Chance Employment.” Office of Labor Standards, http://www.seattle.gov/laborstandards/ordinances/fair-chance-employment
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“Seattle sued over law meant to help renters with criminal records get housing.” The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-sued-over-law-meant-to-help-renters-with-criminal-records-get-housing/