First, identify the background screening company that prepared the report – their name and contact information is normally at the top of the first page of the background check report.
Second, analyze your background check report and make sure you understand everything it contains. If you find that the information is inaccurate, you are entitled to dispute it with the background screening company/consumer reporting agency who assembled your report.
You can call or write the background screening company that prepared your report (instructions below). They will re-check the accuracy of the information they reported with their sources and update you with details. Note: They have up to 30 days to reinvestigate, but usually take much less time.
For the best outcome, be sure to provide:
- Your full name: First, middle, and last, including any applicable suffixes (Jr., Sr., II, etc.)
- Your complete mailing address and phone number
- Your date of birth
- Your Social Security Number (this is necessary to access your background check report)
- The item in question (a detailed explanation of why the information is inaccurate and specific reason for the dispute)
- Include or attach any supporting documentation (e.g. court order)
- Your authorizing signature