Fees for background checks becoming a trend

By Michael Klazema on 1/10/2012

As of Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, any type of information on criminal background through Shreveport, LA is going to cost you $26. In a move that is becoming a trend nationwide, the Shreveport, LA city council voted to pass along the fees of preparing criminal records for background checks to the recipients. With budgets being cut in police departments nationwide, it is no surprise that they have to pass this fee onto the public. Even though these are technically public records, it only means they are available to the public, with little preventing cities and counties to charge for this service.

If you are considering getting a criminal background check done on yourself or a prospective employee, it may be in your best interest to find upfront if and what fees are involved with obtaining those records. Some jurisdictions have different policies and fees, so it is important to find them out before a report is prepared. It is also important to know that as an employer in certain jurisdictions you can pass the fee along if you wish in order to get a background check done. Depending on the purpose for the report, you may find that people are perfectly willing to pay the fee and submit to the check.

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