Learn more about criminal records check
Although database searches are fast, cost-effective and offer a broad-range of coverage, they are not 100% accurate. They can often produce false positives or miss records.
A database, specifically criminal databases, are only as good as the information that is put into them, as the counties and states that report to them, and as the clerk who is updating them.
This is not to say that database searches are useless. They are very powerful and useful, but only when they are used appropriately. Most database searches, specifically criminal databases, should only be used as a preliminary search to give you a much broader coverage than you would have otherwise had and to act as a compass to point you in the right direction for possible criminal records. They should not be solely relied upon as being conclusive.
County Criminal Record Searches, on the other hand are the most accurate criminal record searches available. However, the limitation of this search is that you are only searching for criminal records in that particular county and will not find any criminal records that may exist elsewhere.
EmploySecure.com strongly recommends the following background screening to properly conduct a comprehensive and cost-effective criminal background check on an applicant:
Conduct a Nationwide Criminal Record Search
This database search will give you a broad range of coverage over about 40 states and will identify possible criminal records and counties where you can search using a county criminal record search.
This search also includes:
- Multi-State Sex & Violent Offender Search
- OFAC Terrorist Watch List Search
Conduct a Statewide Criminal Record Search
This database search is geared to the specific state and may cover more counties within that state than the Nationwide Product. This search also includes non-DOB states, whereas the Nationwide search does not.
Conduct a SSN Verification search
This search will give you an address history for up to 7-10 years for your applicant. You can use this information to conduct the County Criminal Record searches.
Conduct a County Criminal Record Search in the counties where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years.
County Criminal Record searches are conducted in person by qualified private investigators and are the most accurate criminal record searches available.
Conduct a Federal Criminal Court Search
Hits in the Federal Criminal Court System are rare, but Federal crimes are usually more serious crimes.