Is there a time frame when a bankruptcy won't show in a general background check in Colorado? I now have good credit, no criminal history, an excellent driving record and just came off a 13 year high profile job in a law firm with excellent references. I filed bankruptcy in 1998. Will a pre-employment ackground check always show this? If it does, should I tell the potential employer up front and try to talk about it?

  • Look in Section 605 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to see when a bankruptcy might come off your credit report. As to what constitutes a "basic" background check, I don't think there's one answer -- depends on the industry, company, state, etc. Some places will do a credit check as a matter of course, some won't.
    – jcmeloni
    Aug 15, 2013 at 17:18
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    The form you fill out should state the time frame for each section. Some may go back decades, others only a few years. Always err on divulging a little too much vs assuming they won't care if I fib in this section. Aug 15, 2013 at 18:29


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