Using a Nationwide (aka Multi-States) Criminal Records Database Search
- Criminal database search enables expanded nationwide coverage where criminal offenses may be found
- A nationwide criminal database search is a good starting point to uncover any criminal offenses outside the search subject’s address history
- Search is cross-referenced based on first, last name and exact DOB input
- It is very important that you verify correct name spelling and exact DOB reflected in driver’s license
- If search subject has any previous former names or aliases, it is strongly recommended to perform an additional search
- Most importantly, verify their true identity prior to ordering (i.e., legal & former names, known aliases and exact DOB)
BCS nationwide criminal database search is processed in-house by our research staff, who are knowledgeable in applicable search algorithms to provide you a more precise criminal search result by filtering false positive results.
Our new Near-Time Data Insertion™ technology will update criminal records data in a much more frequent basis from a growing list of thousands of individual datasets. In addition, it will be presented in a more user-friendly format highlighting relevant decision-making points. It is strongly advised that any significant felony or misdemeanor database “hits” should be verified by a real-time county or statewide criminal search.
Criminal data sources searched:
- Nationwide Criminal Records
- Sex Offender Registry
- USA Patriot Act OFAC/SDN/FINRA/EPL/OIG/SAM/USDA Sanctions
- Global Watch List (Interpol)
- Canadian Sanctions List
Normally completed within 1-4 hours
Three name searches for the price of one
In the case of two known last names, please enter in hyphenated (-) mode. For example “Mary Brown Whitney” should be entered as “Mary Brown-Whitney”, “John St. Louis” would be entered as “John StLouis”, “Jose De La Cruz” would be entered as “Jose Delacruz”. No spaces, commas, periods or Jr., Sr. in last names. Based on your entry, our algorithms will automatically cross-search “Mary Brown”, “Mary Whitney” and “Mary Brown-Whitney” simultaneously.
- All these data sources are searched simultaneously
- Nationwide criminal database searches are NOT FCRA compliant and should only be used as a research tool to locate jurisdiction where criminal records may reside
- If you are solely using a criminal database search to make employment or renting decisions, you may want to learn more about how criminal databases work
Because not all statewide repositories report all types of criminal offenses for each county, our nationwide criminal database is supplemented with many individual county sources. Thus, you may find duplicate offenses listed from the state and another from the county source. This is done intentionally so that we can offer the most comprehensive coverage in the background screening industry. There are instances where cases may first appear in lower court (i.e., General District, Magisterial) and are then transferred to upper court (i.e., Circuit, Common Pleas, Superior Court) with a different case number.
BCS Criminal Background Check Report
Viewing on a mobile device or small screen? View PDF version of Nationwide Criminal Database Report.
Please Read: Note that in addition to criminal charges such as felonies and misdemeanors, our database search may also include traffic infractions and municipal ordinances that are not considered criminal offenses. Please carefully review each case accordingly.
FCRA: Be aware that any criminal cases found on a nationwide criminal database search may have been sealed or expunged at county court level and therefore cannot be used to make an employment decision. In compliance with the FCRA, criminal database searches should be verified by a county criminal court and/or a real-time statewide criminal search to obtain the most recent case status. Criminal database searches may not include all levels of criminal records in all states.