Background checks take 3-5 business days on average. However, timeframes vary for a number of reasons including; number of states lived in, credit freezes, court closures, and individual county policies. Clerk controlled courts can have significantly higher turnaround times.*
*There are more than 7,000 significant courts, and while most county criminal records checks are completed very quickly, individual county policies may affect this. Some counties require the court clerks to do the research and in this case the background check companies are at the mercy of the courts when it comes to turnaround. In this case the court agent goes to the court daily, but still has to stand in line in order to speak with the clerks.