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What Does a Red Flag Mean on a Fingerprint Background Check?

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A fingerprint background check simply means that instead of just searching records on your name and Social Security number, an employer conducts a search using your fingerprints This approach is common in federal security jobs, governmental offices and other public offices. A fingerprint check overcomes changes you might have made to your name or identity to cover up past criminal offenses or records. A red flag is a finding from the search that raises a concern.

Fingerprint Red Flags

One red flag in a fingerprint check is simply a change of name or discrepancy in personal details you provide. Additionally, the background check may reveal felony offenses not reported on your application. A poor credit history could also harm you in some jobs. Gaps in employment and discrepancies between your reported work history and real job history are also major red flags.


Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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