How Do I Get My Babysitter Background Check?
Tiffany Smith, Senior Associate Editor
Articles> How Do I Get My Babysitter Background Check?
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You may be asking yourself, "Why do I need a background check to babysit?" Chances are there are no skeletons in your closet. But families love background checks. And with good reason. They add a layer of trust. A proactive babysitter will run a background check on herself and have it available for families to see during the interview process. Having one available for parents may set you apart from other potential sitters as you'll appear responsible, prepared, and serious about the job.

You can go to your local police department to request a background check (alternately, there are a number of private companies that will run a background check). If you are a babysitter signed up on, you can request a background check through our website.

A standard background check will run a Social Security Number Verification, a National Criminal Database Search (which can pull felony and misdemeanor convictions and dismissals), and a State Sex Offender Registries Search.

Individual states and counties may have additional information, such as parking or speeding tickets, included in their background checks. 

To learn more about background checks, read our articles "What is a Background Check?" And "How Do I Request a Background Check?"

>>Have more babysitting questions? Return to the main Babysitting FAQs.

Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter @tiffanyiswrite.

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(4) Comments
Emelie R.
Emelie R.
Having a background check doesn't necessarily help you get a job as I have one and the majority of the people that I grant access to it, don't even look at it because they are not paid members so I don't see how having one actually helps you get a position.
July 9, 2015 at 6:17 PM
Alexandra B.
Alexandra B.
Thank you for listing a few alternative ways to get a background check. :)
January 25, 2013 at 5:08 PM
Diana R.
Diana R.
I am very happy to belong to I would like to be able to get a job soon
January 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM
Charlene A.
Charlene A.
What if I already have a copy of my BCI/FBI background through a state/county agency.
July 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

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