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April 27, 2016 10:37 am

Juvenile Records & the Washington Fair Credit Reporting Act

Washington law prohibits reporting (by consumer reporting agencies) of juvenile records when the subject of the report reaches their 21st birthday. RCW 19.182.040 Consumer report—Prohibited information—Exceptions. (1) Except as authorized under subsection (2) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make a consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (f) Juvenile records, as defined in *RCW 13.50.010(1)(c), when the subject of the records is twenty-one years of age or older at the time of the report. Ironically, while we (as a consumer reporting agency) are prohibited from reporting juvenile records (notwithstanding the nature and timing of the offense), there is nothing that would prohibit you as a landlord from accessing the information directly. Discussion Most of us rely on our tenant screening company for criminal records data.  The question is whether it makes sense to search the public record yourself – to access the occasional juvenile record.  We think not.  Here’s why: 1.  The information... View Article