What does an extended and normal background check cover?

A normal background check in accordance with 11.1.4 of Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 shall include at least:

  • the establishment of the identity of the person concerned on the basis of the papers presented as proof, and
  • checking criminal records in all states of residence for at least the last 5 years, and
  • the recording of all employment relationships, education and training and any gaps for at least the last 5 years.

An extended background check pursuant to 11.1.3 of Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 shall additionally include at least:

  • intelligence and other relevant information available to the competent authorities which they consider may be relevant to the suitability of a person to perform a function requiring an extended background check.

Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 (→ EUR-Lex)


The security checks pursuant to § 55 et seq. Security Police Act (SPG) remain unaffected.