While it’s important for every parent to conduct a background check on potential nannies, it is critical that the correct steps are followed. They should begin by getting permission from the applicant before performing a background check as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Background checks can reveal everything from felony and misdemeanor records to civil litigation records and DMV records, as well as national-level searches, sex offender registry scans and verification of an accurate Social Security Number. Keep in mind, though, that some states restrict certain types of information from being reported and limit the type of activity that can be included on the report. Never-the-less conducting a nanny background check is an essential step needed before hiring a caregiver.