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North Dakota Background Check Laws

In March 2019, the North Dakota governor signed House Bill 1282 (2019) into law. This law prohibits all city, county, and agency pubic employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history, or considering it in evaluating their suitability for the job, until after the applicant is actually selected for an interview.

Employers may notify applicants that history of certain types of crimes may preclude their employment in particular positions. Some public employers are still required by law to check an applicant’s criminal history. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is exempt from the law.

Cities Include: Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Dickinson, Mandan and more.

Note: This information is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with your own legal counsel for advice related to your state/locality.