A screening tool that provides the most up-to-date court records by county. It is by far the most common type of search in an Employment Background Check and it is typically used in conjunction with an SSN Trace as part of best practices compliance protocol. It provides felony information, and it may also contain misdemeanor or infraction information. County Criminal Records are searched primarily by name, and birthdates are used as a secondary identifier.
State Criminal Records
A screening tool that uses "statewide repositories" of criminal history information contributed by the various county and municipal courts within the state. In the states that offer a unified court system, a statewide search will provide a comprehensive criminal screening without the need to search by county.
National Criminal Database
This type of search returns criminal records instantly and because there is no time delay and no additional court costs associated with accessing criminal records, it is a perfect tool to enhance the screening effort.
The data comes from a multi-jurisdictional information system, which facilitates information flow between the numerous law enforcement branches for tracking crime-related information. Criminal records are updated at various frequencies depending on the jurisdiction and the frequency of updates will differ by jurisdiction due to various state and local requirements.
National Criminal Database With Alias
A screening tool that uncovers names, addresses and dates of birth as well as known aliases including maiden names as disclosed by the SSN trace. All name variations are searched through a multi-jurisdictional search.
Homeland Security Watch List (OFAC)
This search tool uses information that targets foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.
Information is obtained from the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists, FBI Most Wanted Fugitives, U.S. Marshals Service Wanted, U.S. Customs Service Wanted, U.S. Department of Justice Wanted, U.S. Secret Service Wanted, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Wanted, Other Federal Wanted Lists Numerous State and Local Wanted Fugitives.
Sex Offender Records
This screening tool provides the identity and location of known sex offenders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and numerous Indian tribes. This information is coordinated by the Department of Justice, and obtained from the Departments of Public Safety, State Police, Bureaus of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies.
Federal Criminal Records
This screening tool provided by the Federal Judiciary allows access through search of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.
Federal Civil Records
This screening tool provided by the Federal Judiciary allows access through search of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. A federal civil case involves a legal dispute between two or more parties. In a civil lawsuit in federal court, the plaintiff files a complaint with the court and “serves” a copy of the complaint on the defendant.
County Civil Records
This screening tool offers information from small-claims, lower courts and upper courts that handle routine collection of small debts and landlord/tenant disputes brought to small-claims courts.
Although the types of cases handled at the various court levels vary depending upon the jurisdiction, in general, the Upper Court handles more serious civil litigation matters, including those matters exceeding a certain dollar threshold.