- What do I need before I can perform a criminal background record search?
- How far back does the data goes back?
- How soon can I receive the results?
- Could a county search give different results than a statewide search?
- Do I need permission to perform a criminal background record search on, before I perform i
- Which search sould I do first, National Criminal Search, State Criminal Search, or County criminal search?
A1 What do I need before I can perform a criminal background record search?
You need to have the person’s name and their date of birth to perform a search. For better result the more information you can supply, the greater the chances of finding a matching record. Such as current address, Social Security Number.
A2 How far does the data goes back?
it varies by state, Most of data go back 7 years, but some state go back 10 years, It really varies by state to states.
A3 How fast can I receive the results back?
National Criminal record and State Criminal record are instant, you will see the results in seconds, not like other criminal data company. But county on site( manual search) search take about 24 to 48 hours . in some remote locations of the country (which are not searched very often) the turnaround time could be little longer.
A4 What is the difference between State Criminal Search and County Criminal Search?
State criminal search gives you more coverage ground compare to County Criminal Search. And County Criminal Search only searches in chosen county that you requested. In state criminal searches are conducted through the using of data based repository systems whose data is updated weekly and monthly. This is reason why you will get the report right away. A county level search is performed by a professional court researcher in the county chosen. The county researcher goes to chosen county and conduct search in person on site manually( more accurate) This is reason why it takes longer to get the result back. County search could find records that statewide searches do not find, as the records could have emerged within the past thirty days. Statewide searches are only as reliable as the people updating the new data into the central repository. Therefore, a county level search could come up with records that were never uploaded to the state database. The county level search is the most indepth and accurate independent search for a specific area.
A5 Do I need permission to perform a criminal record search?
Criminal Records are “public records” which you could obtain in most local court record office. therefore you do not need permission to execute a criminal records search for most purposes. But in the case of employment screening, or tenant screening where permission is generally required. It is always wise to keep up-to-date with new laws pertaining to your field of business, so check your State and local laws.
A6 Which search should I perform first , National Criminal Search, State Criminal Search or County Criminal Search?
National search and State search are conducted through the use of data based repository system which data is updated monthly. A county level search is performed by a professional court researcher in the county chosen. The county researcher goes to chosen county and conduct search in person on site manually( more accurate) This is reason why it takes longer to get the result back. Advantage of National and State Criminal search is that it gives you more coverage ground compare to County Criminal Search and fast turn around time( instant) and it cost less, but County Criminal Search gives you more accurate and indepth information, because search are performed by a professional court researcher in the county chosen. if you have a good idea of what city/county a person committed a crime in, or lived in for a substantial amount of years, conducting a county level search is your best bet. Most of our clients do National or State search before they go in to county level.