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What is a level 2 background check?

By on August 6, 2019

The FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) defines a level 2 background check as a fingerprint-based background check that applies to employees holding positions of trust or responsibility. A level 2 check is more in-depth and includes fingerprint-based searches spanning national FBI, the FDLE and county criminal records via local courts and law enforcement agencies. [1] 

Requirements for a level 2 background check 

State level 2 checks require a name request and a fingerprint card. National Level 2 checks have the following requirements; 

Fingerprints of the individual being searched. The individual being searched must also agree to the terms and conditions that have been set by the FBI. Fingerprinting must also be via the state repository initially and not against public policy. Lastly, the information should be received by a government institution, not private entities. 

Cost of a level 2 background check 

The cost of level 2 checks varies depending on factors such as; who is being searched and who is submitting the search. The cost ranges between $0 and $36. Cost includes State and Federal costs. 

Information contained in a level 2 background check 

Level 2 checks focus on disqualifying offenses capable of disqualifying a person a position of trust or responsibility. Level 2 background check information looks similar to information in criminal offenses like murder, sexual misconduct, and kidnapping. If you are wondering how far level 2 background checks go, results include state and national criminal history and arrest warrants. The information is removed 6 months after the last check. Typical level 2 checks take 3 business days to be finalized. 


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