UPDATE: DOB Redaction within California Court Records

As you know, Consumer Reporting Agencies like A-Check Global rely on personal information within court indexes as an accuracy indicator during criminal background screening. We previously reported that more than 30% of California’s 58 counties were now redacting Date of Birth and other critical identifying information from criminal case records. We would like to now follow up with some great news.

The California State Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 1262 (SB 1262)—important legislation designed specifically to help stop delays in criminal background checks. This legislation will next be heading to the desk of California Governor Gavin Newsom for final approval and signature and will once again require publicly accessible electronic indexes of defendants in criminal cases to permit searches and filtering of results based on a defendant’s driver’s license number or date of birth, or both. For employers as well as the background screening industry, this is welcome news. Once the Governor signs the bill, previously redacted court case information is expected to be restored starting January 2023. We will certainly keep you updated as this progresses.

Your business means the world to us and we look forward to serving our valued California customers, as well as those nationwide and around the world, for years to come. We’re here to help if you have any questions.

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