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What is a Level 2 FBI Background Check

Level 1 and Level 2 Background Checks: Level 1 and Level 2 Background Checks are terms 
used in Florida Statutes to convey the method of the criminal history record check and the 
extent of the data searched. However, the terms may also refer to certain disqualifying offenses 
if certain statutes are referenced. Level 1 and Level 2 are terms that pertain only to Florida and 
are not used by the FBI or other states. They are defined in Chapter 435, Florida Statutes 
(F.S.), but are used elsewhere in statute without definition and appear not to be associated with 
all of the provisions in Chapter 435, F.S. 
       • Level 1 generally refers to a state only name based check AND an employment 
         history check. 
      • Level 2 generally refers to a state and national fingerprint based check and 
        consideration of disqualifying offenses, and applies to those employees designated 
        by law as holding positions of responsibility or trust. Section 435.04, F.S., mandates 
        Level 2 security background investigations be conducted on employees, defined as 
        individuals required by law to be fingerprinted pursuant to Chapter 435, F.S. 

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