Criminal Background Check: Search-by-Search Description

A list of the criminal history searches that will be conducted in order to collect criminal history during the process of a criminal background check.

All of the following criminal history searches will be conducted in order to collect criminal history during the process of a criminal background check.

Social Security Number Search

A search of credit report header data to help confirm your identifying information such as name, aliases, address(es), Social Security Number, and areas of prior residence.

County Criminal Records Searches

A direct search of county courthouse records for any felony or misdemeanor criminal history. All records are researched to help ensure positive identification and complete, easy-to-read details.

Statewide Criminal Records Search

A search conducted through statewide criminal records repositories or court systems for any felony or misdemeanor criminal history.

Federal Criminal Records Search

A direct search of federal courthouse records for any felony or misdemeanor criminal history. All records are researched to help ensure positive identification and complete, easy-to-read details.

National Criminal Database Search

This search is an instant, multi-jurisdiction private database search covering more than 375 million criminal records collected from across the country. All database "hits" are verified directly through the source of information to ensure that records reported are current and up-to-date.

National Sexual Offender Database Search

A search of a national private database which contains sex offender data collected from across the country. All records are researched to help ensure positive identification.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals/Entities Search

A search of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE), a database which provides information to the public, health care providers, patients, and others relating to parties excluded from participation in the Medicare, Medicaid, and all Federal health care programs.

Search for Dishonorable Discharge from the Armed Forces

Military records are verified through either telephone interviews with the subject's former commander or by obtaining the applicant's DD-214 form. Verification generally includes subject's name, Service Number, rank, dates of service, awards and decorations, and place of entrance and separation.

International Screening

International criminal records searches are performed where applicable.

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