Background Check Limits for Amazon
It is important to understand that some states have laws regarding how far back a criminal background check can go. This may play a big part in whether Amazon will hire you or not. You can find more information about seven year states here.
Twelve states do not allow any felony conviction information older than seven years to be reported.
- New Hampshire*
- New York *
- Texas *
(* exceptions based on pay/salary)
These states will report unlimited numbers of years back of felony convictions and also report NOT guilty verdicts: Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Amazon has no outright ban on Felons
Amazon has no blanket policy regarding the hiring of felons which is great. You will run into claims online stating, “Amazon didn’t hire me because of my felony.” While this may be true that does not mean that they do not hire felons.
Keep in mind some people interview poorly, have different experience levels, have different criminal records, etc. Every case is different and it seems like Amazon takes each case individually.
However, we know that they do hire some felons in some instances. Our opinion is that it is worth your time to go through the application process.