Blog

 
     

Will My Speeding Ticket Show Up on a Background Check?

By Michael Klazema on 7/11/2018

If you’ve recently been cited for breaking the speed limit, you may be wondering whether the infraction could have an impact on your job prospects. Will the average pre-employment background check find your speeding ticket? Do you need to disclose the ticket if asked about criminal history on a job application?

A simple traffic ticket is not a criminal citation. Minor traffic offenses are civil citations, which means they are not considered misdemeanors (or felonies) and are not a part of your criminal record. As a result, a speeding ticket will not show up on a background check if the check focuses on criminal history.

However, criminal background searches are not the only types of background checks employers might run on you. A prospective employer may wish to look at other parts of your background, including your motor vehicle history. A driving record check will likely show your recent traffic violation. If you are applying for a job that involves driving, assume the employer will look at your driving record and see your speeding ticket—as well as any other traffic violations from the recent past (usually seven years).

The nature of the ticket may impact whether it is an issue. If you received your first-ever speeding ticket and were only driving five miles per hour over the speed limit, that is viewed differently than being ticketed for speeding three times in the past six months or driving 30 miles per hour faster than the posted limit. More severe traffic offenses, such as reckless driving or being a habitual traffic offender, can result in a misdemeanor conviction. Those infractions will show up on a criminal background check.

Are you curious to know what your record looks like? Run criminal or driving record checks on yourself using backgroundchecks.com’s personal tools. These self-checks can give you a better sense of what employers might be seeing (and assuming) based on your record.


Tag Cloud
Categories
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • July 30 A website used for hiring temporary household workers settled with California prosecutors who said the business misrepresented the types of background checks it offered to consumers.
  • July 29

    As the economy recovers from the blow struck by COVID-19, many employers and staffing agencies are getting back to hiring and recruitment. Here are some of the ways in which the pandemic has shifted recruiting—perhaps forever.

     

  • July 28

    Pay equity laws bar employers from asking candidates about salary history—a measure intended to help end the pay discrepancies that women, minorities, and other classes face. Here’s what to know about the pay equity laws that have gone into effect in 2020. 

  • July 23 With COVID-related disruptions likely to continue indefinitely, few unemployed individuals have the option of waiting for a better job market. What should job-seekers keep in mind? 
  • July 22 Hiring has become a significant challenge for many employers, in part due to higher-than-usual unemployment payments. Here’s how employers can not only find candidates but also fast-track their hiring processes during the pandemic. 
  • July 21

    While COVID-19 has held the attention of most employers, hiring-related laws and ordinances have continued to pass the legislature or go into effect. Here are the latest developments in ban the box legislation.

  • July 16 With the Georgia legislature's recent approval of a new Second Chance bill, nonviolent felons may soon have more opportunities. The state joins a growing list of areas offering greater access to expungement.
  • July 15 As the United States regains lost jobs, many businesses are unfreezing their hiring. Here’s why employee background checks are even more critical at this stage than they were before COVID-19.
  • July 14

    60 percent of colleges and universities want to resume all in-person learning this fall, but professors are pushing back. Will the debate lead to a staffing shortage in the higher education sector?

  • July 09 While investments into the technology that employees use to perform daily work are essential, tools for HR matter immensely. Explore the difference that they can make.