Criminal Background Checks

Most companies prefer to hire people without criminal records, especially if the job involves the handling of money, the distribution of assets or involves the safety of the public or other staff. Running criminal background checks can help ensure you are hiring the best candidates for your position and organization.

Criminal Background Check Databases

There are many different types of crimes of varying severity and limitless jurisdictions. To be certain that your background checks are as accurate as possible, your background checks need to reference far more than just one or two criminal databases.

Background Runner offers the following criminal background checks:

National Criminal Database Search

State and county borders are easy to cross and applicants may have committed  a crime outside of the county where they live. Searching the National Criminal Database is an effective tool for locating those records.

National Sex Offender Registry Search

This is a multi-jurisdictional database of sex offender registries across the United States. This check mitigates the risk of hiring someone who could pose a threat to your employees or customers.

National Criminal Database Search
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Global Security Watch List Search

This is an effective tool for discovering individuals on a government watch list.
This dataset includes:

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • System for Awards Management (SAM)
  • Other US Government and International Government watch lists for foreign terrorist organizations, terrorists on the watch list, politically exposed persons and individuals and organizations that are on watch status

County Criminal

Our researchers and court runners have a deep working knowledge of every court and county ensuring that our county criminal checks are completed as quickly as possible. They enjoy first-name working relations with clerks and supervisors nationwide. This helps ensure that our county criminal checks are completed as quickly as possible.

State Criminal

This statewide criminal search provides an overview of a candidate’s criminal history in a specific state. This search includes any crimes against individuals at the state level – police, law enforcement, misdemeanor and felony convictions.

Federal Criminal

This searches across 94 Federal US District and Appellate Court databases for crimes including identity theft, tax evasion, embezzlement, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and other federal level crimes. Federal crimes don’t appear in state or county courts.

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International Criminal Records Search

This search can be performed in more than 200 countries. This international search provides an overview of a candidate’s criminal history in a specific country.

Run Your Criminal Background Checks with Background Runner

If all these criminal databases are confusing to you, just give us a call. Our screening experts can help you choose which criminal background checks to run based on your needs. Our Screening Services are FCRA and EEOC Compliant. Order your Criminal Background Checks with your Employment Screening today. Click here to get started, or call us at  800-322-2850.