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Types of Criminal Records Searches

View a summary of different types of criminal records searches used when performing criminal background checks for hiring or renting purposes. It is strongly recommended to include an FCRA compliant criminal records search to verify and get the current status of a criminal case. In addition, you should search for formerly known names or aliases.

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Nationwide Criminal Database (Non-FCRA)

This type of criminal search offers expanded multi-states coverage to help you locate records in areas where a subject may have resided or committed a criminal offense while passing through. Criminal database searches are not FCRA compliant and should be combined with an FCRA type search for employment or rental screening. We offer two types of criminal database searches: instant results and a next-day staff researched report.

Real-Time Statewide Criminal (FCRA)

Searches for felony and misdemeanor criminal records as of the previous business day directly from the state government source (i.e., Office of the Courts, State Police, Department of Public Safety, State Law Enforcement Division, etc.). Results must be carefully reviewed as it may contain non-conviction arrest records. Reports display original arrest charge, final prosecutor charge, disposition and sentencing information. Prices vary per state and not all states are available. View details..

County Criminal Court Search (FCRA)

If a criminal record was found using a criminal database, you must follow up with a county courthouse criminal search. You need to verify the current disposition status at the county court level as per FCRA guidelines. Our background screening interface is systematically programmed so that your county court criminal search is immediately routed to the corresponding county criminal court researcher the moment you place your order rather than at the end of the day. Get more info

USDC Federal Criminal (FCRA)

Some criminal offenses are violations of federal law as opposed to state or local municipal law and thus, will not be found when searching county criminal courts. Federal criminal records are found at the United States District Courts (USDC). There are 94 federal district courts in the USA. Federal criminal searches report information from USDC courts. They include white-collar crimes and crimes that cross state lines. Learn about federal criminal searches

NSOPW – National Sex Offender Registry

Our staff manually searches the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender database (NSOPW). This registry provides sex offender data nationwide. NSOPW is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and state, territorial, and tribal governments, working together for the safety of adults and children. NSOPW presents the most up-to-date information as provided by each Jurisdiction. Information is hosted by each Jurisdiction, not by NSOPW or the federal government. View sample report

USA Patriot Act/SDN/OFAC Searches

Simultaneously search 100’s of government lists of known or suspected terrorists, drug dealers, Office of Foreign Assets Control list, Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list and foreign governments. Most records returned from the USA Patriot/OFAC datasources are based on NAME MATCH ONLY and should carefully be reviewed for identifiers such as DOB’s, middle names and/or residence address. A common name combination may return a handful of records from the USA Patriot/OFAC datasources. Results are delivered instantly. Read more

Wants & Warrants

When an individual is wanted by law enforcement agencies, an arrest warrant is issued. Also when someone does not show up for their court date whether it be criminal or traffic-related, a judge will sign a bench warrant for their arrest. However, under normal circumstances, a warrant is issued for extraditable criminal offenses.

A warrants search should NOT be done as the only type of criminal background check when hiring, it should always be a supplement to a county court criminal search. More info..

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