When you purchase some or all of your background checks from us, what you are
buying is expertise, knowledge, automation, and investigative experience. We
only perform background checks when the subject has signed the necessary
Authorization & Release in compliance with the FCRA. Remember, if a background
check is performed on a person who has not signed a Release, that background
check has been done illegally.
Comments on the major areas:
CRIMINAL CONVICTION HISTORIES:
Most employers want one or more County Criminal Conviction History checks on an
individual. When we receive your work order we immediately set a person in that
county into motion to pull any records from the relevant Courthouse. Normally,
the last seven years are searched because the courts have been set up to do that
time span for 25+ years. You can pull the records back to when the person became
"of age" (usually 17 or 18, depending upon state). Courthouse records are pulled
fresh every day. We do not use purchased magnetic tape, CD, or subscription records.
We always go to the courthouse containing felony records which we then report along
with any warrants. We also obtain misdemeanor records and any additional warrants
if they are anywhere in the same physical courthouse. We can run a separate search
for misdemeanor records in a second court house if you request it.
State-wide criminal conviction history checks are available in 41 states. Occasionally,
additional items must be submitted, depending on the state. 6 states further require
a set of fingerprint cards to be submitted. 5 states further require a notarized
release form to be submitted. 7 states further require a regular release form to be
submitted. Complete state-wide checks from the other 21 states can be obtained in a
reasonable time frame. Of course, the FCRA requires that all requests be based on
an Authorization signed by the person who is being checked.
For county criminal conviction history checks we advertise a 1-3 day response. The
current actual response time is 29 hours, with larger more automated counties being
faster, and smaller more manual counties being slower.
The response time for state-wide checks varies widely.
CIVIL LITIGATION HISTORIES:
Many employers have found that civil litigation records reflect personal interaction
capabilities and financial responsibility attitudes that help them considerably when
considering candidates. They are also finding that things such as child abuse and
spousal abuse, where criminal charges have been refused in order to maintain the person as a
wage-earner, are now showing up more frequently. These are indicative of certain
We use urine samples, not blood samples, for drug tests. It is possible to purchase
drug tests that look at anywhere from 5 to 10 categories (or Panels) of drugs. We
only provide an 11 Panel test, which covers illegal drugs, as well as the illegal
use of controlled substances (taking a legal drug without having your own prescription
for it). This test also includes a panel to check for adulteration (tampering) of the
specimen. We have collection sites in any U.S. city populated with over 40,000 people.
All samples are tested in one of 7 national NIDA certified drug testing laboratories.
Our computer network is tied in to all 7 labs. Normally, the results of a sample
collected today will be available in your interface the next morning if the test is negative.
Add an extra 24 hours for the GC/MS verification if the preliminary test is positive in any
way. The drug testing charges shown in the Service Menu include the cost for the
verification of any positives.
Every drug test form has a unique eight digit path variable, and a unique seven
digit specimen variable. We supply you with a quantity of pre-printed Forensic Drug
Testing Custody and Control Forms. When you give a form to a candidate, you give us
the seven digit specimen number from the form when you send us the work request via
either fax or our computer gateway. As soon as the test results arrive here, they
are correspondingly either sent to you via fax, or they are made available to you
fully encrypted in your client interface.
DRIVER'S LICENSE HISTORIES:
Driver's License History data are obtained fresh from the states on a daily basis.
We do not use magnetic tape or CDROM records, nor do we subscribe to an online
service of stored data. You can see how the
D.L. Turn-Around Times vary
from state to state.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER VERIFICATION:
The social security number, the person's name, and their date of birth are submitted
to see if that number was issued to that name on an exact match basis.
Also, the number is compared by the national credit system to that quarter's master
tape from the Social Security Administration to see if it is a good number, or has never
been issued, or belongs to a deceased person, or belongs to a retired person, or
has been used in fraud, etc.
The name, address, DOB, and SSN are submitted to obtain as much data as is in the credit
bureau file on that person. If a file exists,
what you receive is: the person's full name, their full address, the SSN with any fraud
WARNINGS, their age or DOB, any known aliases, trade lines with their reporting dates,
and a chronology of past inquiries --- but NO financial information.
PERSONAL CREDIT HISTORY:
Personal credit histories are retrieved from providers fresh as they are requested.
Turn-around time is about 15 minutes. The provider automatically sends notification
to each of your job candidates.
Prior employer verification consists of:
Prior employer's name
Prior employer's address
Prior employer's phone number
Candidate's Start Date:
Candidate's End Date:
Candidate's Last Job Title:
This check does not provide you with any subjective data such as attendance, attitude,
We verify, or find as incorrect, the following which you provide:
Educational Institution Name and Location
Diploma or Degree
Date of Graduation
Major or Specialty
The cost is per campus. This check does not return grade point average, attendance, or
PROFESSIONAL LICENSE VERIFICATION:
We verify, or find as incorrect, the professional license information that you provide to us.