Background Check Limits
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 FedEx will hire you or not. Here are the laws.
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.
FedEx has no outright ban on Felons
Their website does not come right out and say, ‘No, we don’t hire felons!’ Meanwhile, many job review boards cite examples indicating that some people have run into issues getting jobs with FedEx, which they ‘believe’ were due to felonies. 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.
It is worth noting again that the FedEx application does not ask about any criminal convictions including felonies.
FedEx drivers and DUI
FedEx obviously has a need for qualified drivers, so having experience in that field is a huge bonus…but having a DUI on record could disqualify you automatically. Warehouse work or experience in parcel handling and other courier service is also highly valuable (as is being healthy and strong enough to lift 75 pounds!), but if you have a DUI apply for a warehouse position.