What is the name of your state? NY
I have been asked by a few companies lately to provide my Social security number, birthdate, Drivers License # and full current address on a Pre employment Investigative background Inquiry release form or similar. This form then has to be faxed back to the company with a signature. This form basically is an authorization to obtain any and all information about me and my background including my credit history.
What I find is unusual is they require this form before they will even set up an interview.
My question is one of legality. Can they require this information before an interview or making an offer?
What recourse do I have other than not providing the information and looking for another opportunity?
Should I be concerned about identity theft or other harm to me?