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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Alaska

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Employers may access conviction records, but not arrest records. See Arrest and Conviction Records.
  • Alaska requires criminal background checks of applicants for certain positions. See Mandatory Background Checks.
  • The Alaska Supreme Court recognizes that an employer can be held liable for negligent hiring. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Employers can access motor vehicle records with an individual's written release. See Driving Records.
  • Compliance with Alaska's law on applicant drug testing is voluntary for most employers. See Drug Testing.
  • Alaska is one of the few states to have legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes. See Recreational Marijuana.
  • Alaska law prohibits collecting and testing a DNA sample without an individual's informed written consent. See Genetic Testing.
  • Polygraph testing of applicants is prohibited, except in one profession. See Polygraph/Lie Detector Tests.