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Consent to Background and Reference Check

Use this consent to background and reference check document whenever you are reviewing the character and qualifications of a new employee.


  • Performing a background check on a prospective employee
  • Receiving official permission to contact professional references.


If you’ve ever hired someone to work at your home or business, you know that the hiring process can be challenging. Reviewing people’s qualifications and character can be difficult, and checking references and background can help you get a better picture of what it may be like to work with someone on a regular basis. If you need to hire someone to help you out around the house or the office, use this interactive form to get their consent to perform a background and reference check.

A background check is a good idea whenever you are hiring someone that you trust with access to your home, business, or loved ones. A background check can delve into someone’s employment history, credit history, driving records, and any criminal activity they may have been involved in. However, because background checks delve so deeply into someone’s personal life, it’s a good idea to notify them of your intent to do a background check and get their permission before you do so. Indeed, some background checks involving particularly private information like healthcare records or financial history, must be approved by the employee under federal and state privacy laws. If you are performing a background check on a new hire, use this interactive form to create a consent document that can protect you from potential liability.

This interactive consent to reference and background check form will also give you official permission to contact someone’s references. This can be a great way to get an idea of what it’s like to work with a particular person from a first-hand point of view. However, federal and state privacy laws may still apply to the type of information you discuss with an employee’s references, so make sure that you are aware of the rules that apply in your area.