I am filling out information for an employment background check through a third party agency called Orange Tree (I am located in Washington State). Their website says this:
How far back background check go depends on several factors, such as your company policy, state reporting limitations where the candidate works or where the employer is located, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most criminal background checks have a look back period of seven years.
The FCRA prohibits Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) like Orange Tree from reporting the following:
Civil suits, civil judgments, and arrest records that antedate the report by more than seven years. Other criminal records that resulted in a conviction, any adverse information that predates the report by more than seven years. Some states have different reporting limitations than the FCRA, for instance they may limit reporting of convictions to seven years, limit reporting depending on the level of the offense, prohibit reporting of non-convictions, or limit reporting based on the expected salary of the new hire.
The bolded portion leads me to believe that they can only report criminal records they find within 7 years.
I am at a part in the background check that asks me to divulge "admitted offenses" that occurred within the last 10 years.
My questions are:
What becomes of the records that I divulge that are more than 7 years, but less than 10 years old? Can they return them to my potential employer?
If I divulge a particular arrest or incident in this section, but the background check fails to locate the official record, can they report the matter to my potential employer?
Also, this may require a question of its own, but - I pulled up my record through the Washington State Patrol to help answer the background check as accurately as possible and one incident has the date wrong entirely, and more than one incidents do not appear on the report entirely.