Should Door-to-Door Salesmen Under Go Background Checks? Some Say Yes

By Michael Klazema on 2/15/2012

The city of Huntsville, AL has a proposal on the table that would require door-to-door salesmen to undergo a background check and have to carry a city ID if they want to legally sell their wares. The goal of this move is to not only keep residents of Huntsville safe, but to also weed out anyone who may be selling illegally or selling unsafe products door-to-door.

It is important to note that these background checks would only be required for those who are commercial sales people and professional fundraisers. The background checks would not be required of school children, girl scouts, political candidates, and charitable or religious groups. The proposed legislation in the city would look at the criminal background of each door-to-door salesperson and make a determination based on their background if they will be given an ID card from the city of Huntsville. This ID card would need to be worn continuously and shown when the salesperson approached a home. There would also be a provision added which would make it illegal for them to approach a home with a “No Solicitation” sign. Violators could be subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or spend up to six months in jail.

Should this legislation pass, it seems that those who are ex-convicts or who are paroled would be unable to participate in this program. Even certain misdemeanor crimes would be considered disqualifying events.

The city of Huntsville says they simply want to keep their residents safe, and this is one way that they can go about it. Should a sales person who previously received a city ID card be convicted of a crime, they would immediately lose their ID card and be unable to keep selling in the city limits.

Companies like can be useful to cities like Huntsville who may be considering a move such as this. Not only can perform these checks, they can offer products like Ongoing Criminal Monitoring that would let the city know, immediately, if one of these sales people were indicted or convicted of a crime. This would help the city keep track of who is out on their streets and interacting with their residents.

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