The background screening world is filled with acronyms and technical terms that can be intimidating for the uninitiated. If you can’t tell the difference between DOT and non-DOT or don’t know what a wet signature is, don’t worry. We have rounded up a useful list of terms to help you make sense of it all.
Stands for Date of Birth. One of the basic pieces of information that allows companies and government agencies to confirm an individual’s identity.
DOT and Non-DOT
DOT stands for Department of Transportation. Industries regulated by the Department of Transportation must comply with stringent background screening standards. Non-DOT, on the other hand, refers to a company or industry not regulated by the Department of Transportation.
Online system maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to confirm employment eligibility based on records available to the U.S. Department of Social Security and the Social Security Administration.
This form is used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired in the United States. Federal law mandates that every new employee complete their 1-9 Form.
A series of terms that define the basic characteristics of a background screening service. For example, the search scope of a background check may look like this: 10-year, federal criminal search, convictions only.
Social Security Number. A nine-digit code assigned to every U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident. As the date of birth (see DOB), this piece of information is essential in establishing someone’s identity.
A signature made using pen and paper, as opposed to an electronic signature
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