Background Screening > Screening Requirements

Prior to Employment, all applicants should complete the following requirements:

  • Level 2 Background Screening (FBI and FDLE) - The Clearinghouse Results Website is used to initiate screenings, search approved Livescan vendors, check/print screening results, and maintain an employee roster.

    It is very important for all Level 2 background screenings to be initiated through the Clearinghouse website prior to sending an applicant for fingerprinting to a Livescan Service Provider.  Initiating the original screening online will provide the privacy policy required for the employee to be included in the Clearinghouse and will also supply a view of the Florida Public Rap Sheet. Also, initiating the screening allows the ability to track a screening through the process and receive e-mail updates when an employee's status has been changed or updated.

  • (View Example of Clearinghouse Profile Page with Eligibility Results for APD)

  • Local Criminal Records Check – A check of local criminal records must be conducted directly with and certified by a law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the person resides.  Internet search results are not acceptable.  (Local Police Departments & Sherriff's Offices)

  • APD Affidavit of Good Moral CharacterAll personnel must complete and have notarized before employment.  Affidavit from other Agencies will not be accepted. (See requirements for CDC+ form)

  • Employment History Checks – Covering 2 year period preceding position they are applying for.  All periods of unemployment should be explained.  Verification is required.

Additional Requirements

Evidence of screening must be retained in the personnel files for those screened. Contractor screening may be retained either by the employer or the licensee where the contractor provides contract services.

All persons required to be screened must be screened and eligible before they are hired to work in a position that provides direct contact with vulnerable persons. However, an employer may hire an employee to a position that requires background screening before the employee completes the screening process for training and orientation purposes. The employee may not have direct contact with vulnerable persons until the screening process is completed and the employee demonstrates that he or she exhibits no behaviors that warrant the denial or termination of employment.

If an employer becomes aware that an employee/contractor has been arrested for a disqualifying offense, the employer must remove the employee/contractor from contact with any vulnerable person that places the employee/contractor in a role that requires background screening until the arrest is resolved in a way that the employer determines that the employee/contractor is still eligible for employment/contracting under this Agency.