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The Seven-Year Reporting Rule and Criminal Records

Posted in News Articles on 04/02/2007

There are currently 11 states throughout the country which have a seven-year reporting rule relating to the reporting of criminal records. This means that nothing older than seven years can be reported at all. The reasoning behind this for these states is that if an applicant has committed a crime more than seven years ago, but has not re-offended since that time, should be given a “clean slate” as they have paid their debt to society.

Those states that have the strictest rule regarding this are:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Montana

The following states have a seven-year rule; however, they do make exceptions for employees who are expected to earn a certain salary level. If the applicant is expected to make or exceed the set salary level, all records may be reported regardless of the age. Those states and their salary level are as follows:

  • Colorado – salary of $75,000 per year or more
  • Kansas – salary of $20,000 per year or more
  • Maryland – salary of $20,000 per year or more
  • Massachusetts – salary of $20,000 per year or more
  • New Hampshire – salary of $20,000 per year or more
  • New York – salary of $25,000 per year or more
  • Washington – salary of $20,000 per year or more