The Indiana Gaming Commission does a very thorough background check on
all license applicants. For some categories of information, there is
no cut-off date beyond which they won't seek information.
The basic outline of licensing process can be found here:
Indiana Gaming Commission
You should certainly read through the entire site here, as there is a
great deal of pertinent information.
However, for the particular question of 'How far back do they go...?",
please note the following items:
...An applicant must never have had a gaming license suspended or
revoked in any other jurisdiction
'Never' means never, so a suspension/revocation of a license any time
in the past will be grounds for denial.
...An applicant who has been convicted of a felony or gambling related
misdemeanor offense may not be issued a license
Again, there is no time limit on this provision, and a prior record at
any time in one's life is grounds for disqualification (though there
is the possibility of a waiver...see the relvant information at the
...An applicant must not appear on the exclusion list in Indiana or
Since the exclusion lists kept by different states are based on
different criteria in each state, there is once again, no clear
cut-off date for this criteria beyond which it is no longer considered
by the Gaming Commission.
If you're interested, you can read the details of Indiana's exclusion
list law here:
Lastly, the Gaming Commission site notes that:
...An applicant must be of good moral character and reputation.
In my experience, this sort of clause is a catch-all statement that
essentially means that the Commission is free to take into
consideration whatever information comes its way about an applicant's
character and record, without regard to how recent or dated the
information may be.
But also, in my experience, such character reviews are not without a
certain amount of heart. If a "youthful indiscretion" appears on
one's record, but the applicant has a clean record ever since, and
good character references, then the indiscretion may well be
overlooked by the Commission.
I trust this information fully answers your question.
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