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 i wanted to have the sitter's home address and copy of Driver's license on file. Is that too much? I feel that every "employer" would have this on file. I'm entrusting her with my baby's life after all!

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That is standard procedure, so don't bother to hire anyone who objects to provide that. However, don't ask for that kind of information right away unless you're sure that's the individual you want to hire or at least one of the individuals you are seriously considering. A lot of caregivers are hesitant to share personal information (as they should be) off the bat because they don't want personal details like that to be in the hands of every single family they interview with. It makes sense since on average, caregivers typically have to interview with multiple families before they land even 1 side-gig.

Therefore, it would be unwise for them to give out that information anyhow. Like parents, they also have concerns. For examples, caregivers walk into homes with little to no knowledge of who they are dealing with. On the other hand, families typically have a host of details to work with from background checks, to references/reviews, IDs, etc, so it is important to consider both sides. That said, if both of you have gone through the basics, then there it should not be an issue... 

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Having worked for one family I experienced taking my DL copy for insurance purpose ( I was using their car), Another family asked for my DL id and made a copy for themself never mentioned about insurance. I think it was to much.

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I don't think there's anything wrong with getting the home address but I personally would not want to give my driver's license to anyone. It's true that many companies would have it on file but this is not the same thing. If you can't trust her to care for your child without all those documents, maybe she's not the sitter for you.

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Jerry in Corona, NY
Aug. 27, 2018

Not at all the safety of your child should always be the first priority.

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Brenda in Atlanta, GA
Aug. 27, 2018

I have previously been asked for this and did not see an issue with it. After all, I was with the mother's baby all the time!

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Of course! if i had a child i would do the same

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This is not much at all. A child is priceless and I would happily give up a picture of my license. In fact I wish more parents cared this much.

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Not too much at all.

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No thats not to much i agree with you actually

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

It maybe the right person but there is not licence driver,it should not be condition because it may not have a car purchase options.

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Yes, honestly! If a sitter is willing to prove they are responsible and safe enough to watch your child, then they should be willing to give that info to you.

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Giovanni in Bend, OR
Aug. 21, 2018

I don't think asking for those two pieces of information is too much, and as a caregiver I would have no issue providing these for you! Anything that helps not only you feel more comfortable, but also sets a good trust base between parent and caregiver.

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Mady in Fletcher, NC
Aug. 15, 2018

having worked in an HR office for a company that hired people constantly, we got copies of 2 forms of IDs acording to the laws of the I9. but ones we e-verify and got forms done, after a week or 2 had to destroy those copies (by law). so in my personal opinion if you want to create some kind of application and ask for the information you need thats fine, if you want to fill it out while looking at my ID to confirm the info is correct, thats fine but a copy of the actual ID, I dont know

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Actually, all of that should be on file with the agency you got her from, along with a background check. No, you are a mom and always side with being cautious, especially in these times. Good Luck!

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No, it is not too much.

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I think the driver's license is absolutely a fair ask, especially if they are driving your child.

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I don't think that's a bad idea at all! I think having a copy of their driver's license number is OK, but some sitters may not want their ID photo in someone else's hands. But if for some reason there was an emergency, the police can always search by the license number.

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

Of course!! You did the right thing, Peace, Laura Frances Zaki

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I feel that this is not too much to ask, since it is your child.

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The driver's license is appropriate if he/she is transporting your kid/kids. The home address should be on the license. As to safety, I would look at reviews/references, and talk to them if you can.

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Kayla in Salem, OR
Aug. 11, 2018

I don't think its too much! If a parent asked for my home address and a copy of my ID I wouldn't think it was too much. As you said your trusting them with your child.

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Definitely a good idea to have the sitter's home address and copy of driver's license, ID or SSN. Not at all too much to ask. If your sitter knows where you live, you should be allowed to know where they live! All employers indeed have these documents on file, you are the employer in this situation so definitely ask her for this information! Hope this helps!

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that is absolutely understandable, however i would make the copy yourself if you have the resources.

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Of course you can/must ask. Some families do that, other do not.

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I believe that's perfectly acceptable!

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yes, that is always wise with a new sitter. I would even permission to look up their social media account. cannot be too careful

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On my meet -n- greet I give a copy of my DL, which has my address on it, and my references. There is no reason someone shouldn't want to give you a copy of their DL.

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Morena in Tampa, FL
Aug. 3, 2018

As a sitter, this is not too much. I have had plenty of parents ask me for my license. In one easy step, it creates more trust in the relationship, and for me personally, it makes me feel more comfortable because I know the family has peace of mind.

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Absolutely not. I would not mind being asked that and if it was someone watching my kids, I would want the same. Your baby is too important to skip something like that because you're worried about being petty, overbearing, or insulting your caregiver, they should be mature enough to understand why you would want that information.

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Considering the individual hiring isn't a company with strict safety guidelines, protocol, etc. I'd say asking for a home address is something that a sitter might, for their own well being, have a right to decline. However, especially if you are willing to pay for it, many sitter's would be fine with having a background check conducted on them for the safety of your child. At the end of the day, there is no harm in asking for any information you feel is necessary to ensuring your child has the proper care.

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Makes sense to me. I wish more families would ask for this, so smart.

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As a babysitter, no, this is not too much to ask! If you've already met with your sitter and ensured that she's who you're going to hire, I don't think it's unreasonable to have that information. The only way I would say this isn't appropriate is if she wasn't hired yet, just for personal safety reasons.

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Jenna in Trenton, NJ
Aug. 1, 2018

I don't know if home address would be very helpful in any situation if they are babysitting at your house, but having a copy of a valid drivers license, their phone number, and their guardians phone number if they are <18 seems very reasonable. In case of any emergency as well, it is always good to make sure that they know the proper person to call.

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That is not too much at all! They are taking care of your precious children, and as their employer, you have every right to take precautions as needed.

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i totally agree, my daughter's babysitter was my friends daughter & she really..... terrible. the reason most people dont put that information is probably because of the amount it costs for the background checks, if i saw it right i think it was 40 bucks. i dont know thats the reason i dont have one.

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I think that is completely reasonable.

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idont have any of that just a teen care giver

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It is not too much, I actually gave my last family my driver's license, proof of insurance, and updated tags before I started the job.

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I would not think this unusual, but perhaps only ask this is he/she is over 18. Most employers do not require a copy of drivers license, so for a minor sitter this might seem strange, or like a red flag.

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I don't see why it would be a problem for you to have that information. after all you are paying her and you have to know about you care giver as much as possible. after all who ever you chose as your care giver is a stranger to you and your family until you feel like they show you that you can trust them and make them a member of your family.

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That's not to much to ask for at all. That to me is security and if something were to happen you can track them and have access to family members and relatives

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Jessica in Cleves, OH
July 31, 2018

I agree. If a family hired me I would have no problem giving them a copy of my drivers license.

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No I don't think that is too much to ask but I think there should be some sort of a confidentiality agreement signed stating that none of their information will be given out or used for other purposes other than for the job or child's safety.

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There is nothing wrong with having this information, as you stated after all this is how business is conducted with corporations it should be viewed no differently. Assuming after they have moved on, the information is discarded there seems to be no issue with it.

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Shena in Ashland, NE
July 31, 2018

That's 100% reasonable as well as you SHOULD get those.

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no because anyone can lie about who they are and if they try to harm or take your child you will have that imformation

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Azra in Ridgewood, NY
July 31, 2018

I agree with that. it only makes sense to have it on file especially if they're driving with your children

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No, I don't think that's too much. As a caregiver, I think it's a good idea because you are trusting the caregiver to make good decisions and taking care of your little one. I think every caregiver should do this.

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When involving your children I feel as though you can never go too overboard. I would want to know my child is in more than capable hands, whatever makes you feel safe shouldn't be considered "too much".

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I agree that it is a good idea to have this info on file.

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Melissa in Oswego, NY
July 29, 2018

As a caregiver, I believe this is completely ok to ask of someone! If someone isn't willing to give this information, then ask them about it. If they cannot come up with any reasonable answer, then it may be safer to move on to another applicant. Truly, you are trusting them with your child and oftentimes your home! Don't be afraid to keep things on your own terms and what helps you feel most comfortable!

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Morgan in Normal, IL
July 29, 2018

NO! Not at all. I applied for a one time baby sitting job, and I sent her everything I had, as if it were a huge full time position, because you never know!!!

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Kaitlyn in Hewitt, NJ
July 29, 2018

you are completely right for doing that, after all it shows how much you want your baby to be safe!

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User in Hamburg, NJ
July 29, 2018

You definitely should have this on file for any "just in case" moments.

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No, it's not too much to ask for a home address and driver's license of the sitter.

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Yes, I agree. The Driver's License would have the physical address.

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Jess in Berwyn, PA
July 28, 2018

If I was in your position I would do the same thing!

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do not have a drivers license as yet but i have a valid ID to show that i can work in the country. 156-08 132 Avenue jamaica NY 11434

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I don't know I have trust issues so I wouldn't want you having my address I kinda even get scared being in some else's house

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This is totally reasonable. You are entrusting this person with your whole world. If this person is unwilling to give a copy of their driver's licence why should you trust them with your child. However, make sure the information they give you is confidential.

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yes you can have this

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Ellie in Nampa, ID
July 26, 2018

Having a copy of the address can cause concerns for personal safety. If the sitter is already coming to your own home, I wouldn't bother to ask about her own address. This is considered to be highly private information. However, a copy of the driver's license seems like a perfectly reasonable request.

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Sydney in Eden, UT
July 26, 2018

I feel like copy of drivers license isn't necessary, I think just name and address would be good enough in case something bad happens.

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Kelsey in Frisco, TX
July 26, 2018

I personally do not think this is a bad idea. I would want to make sure the person possibly driving my child around has a valid license and is the age they claim to be. I think in some ways you can never be too safe to protect your child.

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This is definitely not too much considering you are trusting another individual with your baby! You can never be too careful these days.

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Both have good reasoning behind it. I could see from a babysitter's point of view how the home address could be pushing it. She/he knows where you live so you should know where they live. This is totally okay to do.

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Brenda in Foley, AL
July 26, 2018

I see nothing wrong with that. I would want the same thing.

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Have you looked into the babysitter getting a background check or a motor vehicle check? This could clear up many questions on the safety of the person being used.

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Lorenzo in Graham, WA
July 26, 2018

I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

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YES! You should be provided everything! Background check, address, ID, finger printed..All of it. Don't feel shy to ask for this essential information. We are so honored you entrust us with your precious child, we show that by being an open book to you.

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User in Las Vegas, NV
July 26, 2018

I do not think it is unreasonable.

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It is absolutely not too much especially if you are allowing someone who is a stranger to you to enter your home to take care of your children. I feel that every employer should. It could be a benefit in the future.

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For the safety of the sitter, I believe that this type of information should only be given/shown either in-person or when hired after the interviewing process. I say this because there are some scammers that make profiles on this website. They eventually get reported but, not everyone can detect if a person is a scam or not. I believe that the requirements this website already has is enough information for families to obtain including background and motor vehicle record checks, which requires the sitter to have a clean report on both.

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Jena in Gilbert, AZ
July 25, 2018

Absolutely! I would want someone to know that I would give my life to save their children.

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I do not believe it is asking too much, however, you could ask the sitter first if she is comfortable providing you with this information. One easy way of getting this information which I think would make everyone involved a little more comfortable is having her fill out an application form, this would be more professional.

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Cassandra in Vail, AZ
July 25, 2018

I completely believe that this is an okay thing to ask of a potential sitter, however I can understand their hesitation if you have not provided them the same information (i.e. your address and hopefully a phone number). A sitter who wants to protect their personal information is not a bad sitter but you do have every right to ask for information you think you need as a parent.

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I think that you should have all the information you feel is necessary for your child's safety. Joleena

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I dont think it too much to ask. My kids are teenagers and if they are going to some ones house I'm not familiar with I have to know where the house is, who lives there and speak with the parent. If something was to to happen I know where to go and who to look for.

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I do not think that is too much to ask in any way! I have worked both as a nanny and as an office manager, and in an office environment we have those all on file, as most employers do! For me, with children involved, it is even more prevalent for this to be on file in case of any sort of emergency and this information could be of much help. At the very least, as the parent our your children, you are entitled to the information requested by the one keeping your children safe.

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Absolutely not too much. You are entitled to know...background check, I say!

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I am a sitter, and I feel as though it is my job to keep your baby/children safe. I always have an open and friendly rapport with the family I sit for. With that being said, if it made you more comfortable to have such things on file I would be fine with it, and anyone that is right for the job should feel the same way. I agree, most jobs do have this information on file, and you are technically still a form of employment.

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is very important for the parents of the child be comfortable with the babysitter that takecare the kids . I don't got no problem to provide information .

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Its a good idea for parents get a copy of our driver license! trust is very important for everyone.

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As a care giver I would say that driver's license is fine if he/she will be expected to transport your child. I have been doing this work for three years, and the only time I have been asked for my address is when the employer wants to include my salary in their tax planning/reporting. To ease your mind about trustworthiness and safety you can read the nanny/sitter's reviews.

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It is very important for them to have that kind of info because they need to know you what kind person will be taking care of the child.

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That is absulutly Reasonable and should be expected.

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Personally, I will go to whatever lengths to have parents feel comfortable leaving their kid's in my care. I have even had to send my own medical records to prove I have my Flu shots! But I did it because it mattered to them!

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As a caregiver I do not think it is too much for my employer to want my address and a copy of Driver's license to have on file.

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Skylar in Maywood, NJ
July 24, 2018

Not too much at all, you should be 100% comfortable with who you leave your kids with. Always rather be safe than sorry.

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As a nanny I find this totally reasonable and you're right, any employer would.

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I agree 1000% with this parent. If I had to leave my child in the care of someone other than a family member, I would want to know as much about them as possible....including their address and having a copy of their driver's license. The world today can be a very scary place. A parent needs to be able to focus on their job and not worry about whether or not their child is being cared for by a loving, mentally and emotionally competent caregiver.

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Linda in Marion, IL
July 24, 2018

Home address is fine. DL - should be ok too. You can also look up on Judici in Illinois and other states have the same kind of website.

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I think that it is fair. I would be more than willing to provide that information if a parent asked.

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Off course for me is the right thing to do to ask for it. I would do the same.

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I've never had a parent ask me for a copy of my driver's license but I think it's totally understandable! Just be sure that the trust works both ways. For example, you wouldn't want to give your address to some psychopath just like you wouldn't want some psychopath to watch your baby. Trust is key!

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I wouldn't have any problem giving my driver's license to a family I was sitting for. Giving my home address seems unnecessary unless you are mailing paychecks there or could give another valid reason for needing it.

Isn't giving your driver's license essentially the same as giving your home address? Unless the address on your license is outdated...

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That's completely within reason. God forbid anything happen to your child. At the very least you should have your sitter's address if you need to make a report or if you have an emergency. Just I wouldn't show up without calling.

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No, as a sitter and mom, I wouldn't expect any less.

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I've done a bit of research before making a decision. There are both good and bad things for this, with a driver license alone, it could potentially lead to identity theft in the wrong hands. Even though we all have a driver license to have it on file is kind of personal. In a lot of ways allowing someone to have a copy of a driver license is almost the same as giving a social security number away. Resumes, background/driving record check, references and interviewing can help, but I'm kind of split on the whole copy of a driver license.

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I don't think that's too much to ask at all. There should be a level of trust between the sitter and the family for sure. If they're hesitant to supply that, I think that's a bad sign. They should be an open book!

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I'm happy to provide a background check and Driver's license. I want my family to feel comfortable with the person taking care of their child(ren) so I always invite the parents for a meet-and-greet coffee chat to make sure I am a good fit.

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Marina in Irvine, CA
July 24, 2018

I agree, and don"t see a problem

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thats the right thing to do as an employer, that would put both mom and dad in a comfortable space knowing they put there trust in the sitter when comes to their baby.

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Well yeah I would say it would be the right thing to do if you both are exchanging similar information about one another. So I would say it is not too much.

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Simple, not too much to ask for. If you trust them with your child they should trust you with their information also.

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Amyer in Warwick, RI
July 23, 2018

I do not think that's to much to ask for at all. Like you said every employer should have it.

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Hope in Nekoosa, WI
July 23, 2018

I think that is 100% okay because most jobs require you to give that information. Anyways if something were to happen then you have the sitters information. As a parent, you should have that information on file and if the sitter does not want to give that to you then I find that super suspicious(personally).

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That is totally ok! If I were putting my baby's life into someone else's hands who I didn't know very well, I would want that information too!

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No way is that too much. You should have all their information, this is a professional job.

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It's absolutely normal to ask for a back ground check & drivers license. about 80% of the families I've worked for asked for it and I didn't feel as if it was too much. Especially if the job includes pick up/drop offs. Hope this helps!

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That's completely reasonable!

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I have been asked for both of these. If they have nothing to hide, it should not be an issue. I have sent a copy of my license to more than one family that I have cared for. I have had background checks and driving records pulled. I have no negative feelings about this because I am caring for their most precious thing, their child.

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no its not too much I mean after all you want to be able to know the child is safe at a good cost

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Mary in Glendale, AZ
July 23, 2018

I feel that you should be able to get the information of someone that is watching your child. I feel that if it makes you comfortable getting their license than it would be something that you are allowed to do. The caregiver should understand since of course, it is your child's life that you are trusting them with.

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John in Waltham, MA
July 23, 2018

If they don't respect you, UNTRUSTWORTHY

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That last sentence is true. But some people feel uncomfortable with people who they don't know so well having their home address. I understand how you feel and what you want though. Maybe ask nicely and if they say no, than wait until after some time of you knowing that person better.

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I believe it is not too much, as long as it does not interfere with your nanny's private life.

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Michael in Miami, FL
July 23, 2018

Absolutely not. You are entrusting your baby, your prized possession with me. You want to make sure that I am a person that can be trusted and reliable. Checking to make sure that I do not have a record should be the norm when it comes to babysitting.

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Kalley in Roanoke, VA
July 23, 2018

I think it is fair if she is driving your baby in her car. If she is only coming to your home, then I think it's a bit personal.

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Kayla in Phoenix, AZ
July 23, 2018

I would ask for way more if it were my kid

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I agree. Asking a person for that type of information is totally normal. A good babysitting/ nanny would give that information to a trusted employer.

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That is definitely not too much at all. Like you said, employers do have employees info on file and that person will have YOUR BABY! Don't forget the SSN for the background check.

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No, I do not feel that is to much specifically you are trusting them with your children.

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I think that is fair.

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I do not think asking for a home address and/or drivers license is "too much."

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Well i don't dive but i wouldn't have a problem doing that

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User in Norwalk, CT
July 22, 2018

Of course! you need to know where she lives and probably run a background check. nothing wrong with it . all my employers knows where I live.

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Amazed how many people don't ask for a driver's license. I have to show my drivers license when writing a check at the store! They are taking care of your most treasured. So Yes Ask for address and drivers license!

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Rhode in Dorado, PR
July 22, 2018

That is NOT too much. That is perfectly understandable. A care taker should never have a problem with giving out that information. Its a valid point from the parents because some like to have background checks or know their children are in safe hands.

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User in Columbus, GA
July 22, 2018

I think that is reasonable. I have always provided copies of my driver's license and CPR certification to all families I have worked for in the past.

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