Background Screening Services

Description of Searches

Social Security Trace & Address Verification
When hiring an employee or screening a volunteer, the first step is to obtain a Social Security Trace & Address Verification. This screen is rapidly becoming the standard to verify an individual’s past addresses, resident jurisdictions, movement patterns, maiden names, alternate names used by the individual, age and date of birth spanning up to 30 years. This is the most complete resource of current and historical data available by searching billions of records including multiple bureau database sources. When this search is processed it also verifies the social security number against the Death Master File (DMF) as well as it confirms the state and year of issuance. This is an investigative starting point that provides a more complete background search when combined with additional screening services.

Multi-Court Nationwide Directory (MCND) w/ Alias
This nationwide search combines multiple powerful tools into one unique search. (MCND) w/ alias uncovers names, addresses and dates of birth as well as known aliases including maiden names as revealed by our Social Security Trace & Address Verification. All name variations that are identified are then automatically run through our MCND – database court records, incarceration records, Department of Corrections (DOC), prison/inmate records, probation/release information, wants and warrants and other proprietary sources, Offender Watch – 50 state sex offender screening, and our US Patriot Search – FBI terrorist watch lists, OFAC and a multitude of databases covering U.S. and foreign sanctions and watch lists. This is considered an indicator tool, which will help identify where possible records may be found; it is not recommended as a standalone search. All possible records found will be verified at the appropriate level to verify information is accurate and up to date; fees may apply.

SafetyPro
This is an excellent search for volunteer organizations. SafetyPro is equal to the Multi-Court Nationwide Directory (MCND Database) w/ alias, which combines multiple powerful tools into one unique search at a reduced cost for volunteer organizations. (MCND) w/ alias uncovers names, addresses and dates of birth as well as known aliases including maiden names as revealed by our Social Security Trace & Address Verification. All name variations that are identified are then automatically run through our MCND – court records, incarceration records, Department of Corrections (DOC), prison/inmate records, probation/release information, wants and warrants and other proprietary sources, Offender Watch – 50 state sex offender screening, and our US Patriot Search – FBI terrorist watch lists, Office of Foreign Asset Control and a multitude of databases covering U.S. and foreign sanctions and watch lists. This is considered an indicator tool; which will help identify where possible records may be found; it is not recommended as a standalone search. All possible records found will be verified at the appropriate level to verify information is accurate and up to date; fees may apply.

County Criminal Search **
Based on the address history of the Social Security Trace the County Criminal Search is considered the most accurate and comprehensive criminal background search. Locating in-depth information and reporting felony and/or misdemeanor court records in the county you are requesting. This is accomplished using court researchers, Administrative Office of Courts, etc.  Multiple counties may be selected per applicant/alias and the counties may be found by county name, city or zip code. It is recommended searching the county of residence and/or prior counties of residence, employment or education. This is a 7 year search history product. We HIGHLY recommend this product be included in EVERY search conducted for best results of a background screen.

County Civil Search
County Civil courts search upper and lower courts and are based on the dollar amount of the action. The dollar amounts will vary by state and/or county. Civil searches include but are not limited to: wrongful terminations, litigated workers’ compensation suits, personal injury suits, product-liability suits, sexual harassment, fraud, embezzlement, judgments for nonpayment of goods, and litigation related to divorce, marriage, and child custody and other civil actions.

Statewide Criminal Search (7 Year Search) **
Statewide Criminal Searches provide access to public criminal records from all 50 states. Not all states are considered a complete search, and we strongly recommend further verification of the information for the remaining states. Search results and the amount of data available may vary and can be limited from state to state. Results may include felony, misdemeanor, and/or traffic-case information. This is accomplished through court researchers, Administrative Office of Courts, state agencies such as Bureaus of Investigation, Departments of Law Enforcement, Departments of Corrections (DOC), Departments of Justice, Departments of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Departments, State Attorney Generals Offices, State Police and proprietary information.  This report is not recommended as a standalone search in all states as some states do not have a “complete” statewide search. A better practice would be combining this search with a county criminal search.

Offender Watch
Our Offender Watch provides sex offender case information in an easy-to-read report. Our extensive search capabilities check registered sex offender data sources nationwide, such as: Bureaus of Investigation, Departments of Law Enforcement, Departments of Corrections (DOC), Departments of Justice, Departments of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Departments, State Attorney Generals Offices, State Police and proprietary information. Many sex offender screens only retrieve level 3 sex offenders; Offender Watch obtains level 1, level 2, and level 3-current sex offender information that is available from all 50 states.

National Federal Criminal Search
Our National Federal Criminal Search includes case information from federal district courts. The offenses can be as serious as homicide, interstate trafficking, bank robbery, fraud, embezzlement, immigration, firearm or explosive charges and certain sex offenses. Federal criminal charges are NOT found in the county or state records. This report is especially relevant for screening management and executive candidates for white-collar crimes. The primary identifier used in federal records is fingerprints. Disputes by a consumer will require the sending of fingerprint cards to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Since the primary identifier for federal records are fingerprints, not all records will contain enough matching information to report the records. Name only matches will not be reported as there needs to be a minimum of one other personal identifier(s) present.

National Federal Civil Search
The National Federal Civil Search will search all federal court dockets from all US Federal District Courts. Federal Civil cases involve parties of different states or countries where potential damages will not exceed $75,000.  They will also hear cases where violations of the Constitution or Federal laws apply.  This search will include personal and corporate bankruptcies.

US Patriot Search
This service helps you meet federal Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identification requirements and helps impede terrorists by identifying individuals linked to terrorism or classified on government watch lists, improving compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act. This is an extensive report that includes information from the following data sources: Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons, OFAC Sanctioned Countries including Major Cities and Ports, Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories, Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties, U.S. Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA), Unverified Entities List, Denied Entities List, Denied Persons List, FBI Most Wanted Terrorists and Seeking Information, FBI Top Ten Most Wanted, INTERPOL Most Wanted List, General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Bank of England Sanctions List, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) – Canadian Sanctions List, United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List, Politically Exposed Persons List, European Union Terrorism List, World Bank Ineligible Firms and others that are regularly being added.

E-Verify Search
Responding to the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) is critical for your company to stay in compliance with the law. IRCA legally mandates that U.S. employers verify the employment eligibility status of newly hired employees and makes it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ unauthorized workers. This search verifies your applicant has legal documentation and is authorized to work in the United States, directly through the Department of Homeland Security. This search can be conducted only after hiring the applicant and within three business days of receiving a completed Form I-9.

Essential FACIS Level 1
Essential FACIS is a robust product that provides sanction information on individual medical providers, non-medical providers and organizations from the following federal sources: Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Debarments, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Public Health Service (PHS) and Tri-Care (Formerly CHAMPUS). This search also includes our U.S. Patriot Search.

Essential FACIS Level 2
FACIS includes everything in Essential FACIS Level 1 as well as disciplinary actions taken by state agencies, licensing and certification agencies for the state requested.

Essential FACIS Level 3
This is a combination of Essential FACIS Level 1 and Essential FACIS Level 2 that searches the listed federal sources, state agencies, licensing boards and certification agencies across all 50 states.

Employment Verification **
Verification of claimed current and previous employment, as available. Essential Screens will attempt to verify: dates of service, job title, performance, attendance, and reason for leaving, rehire status and general comments. Essential Screens will make a minimum of 3 attempts to reach employer before the screen will be returned “unable to verify” provided a working number was supplied by applicant/client. An attempt will include but is not limited to leaving a message, no answer, sending a fax, email and/or website submission (i.e. The Work Number, etc.)

Education Verification **
Education verification services will authenticate an applicant’s highest level of formal education and confirm schools attended, degrees obtained and attendance dates, when available. Essential Screens will make a minimum of 3 attempts to reach educational institution before the screen will be returned “unable to verify” provided a working number was supplied by applicant/client. An attempt will include but is not limited to leaving a message, no answer, sending a fax, email and/or website submission (i.e. The National Student Clearinghouse, etc.)

Reference Check and Verification
Verification of relevant provided references including professional and personal. This is based on your requests and we obtain as much information as the reference will provide. Essential Screens will make a minimum of 3 attempts to reach reference before the screen will be returned “unable to verify” provided a working number was supplied by applicant/client. An attempt will include but is not limited to leaving a message, no answer and/or sending email.

Professional License Verification **
Professional licensing searches research information on individuals who need state licenses or certifications to engage in a professional activity, including medical professionals, attorneys, CPAs and educators. (Licensed professions may vary by state.) Reports may include such information as the name and address of the licensee; the licensing agency; license type, number, and class; license classification (business or personal); status of license; issue and expiration dates; restrictions and any adverse or disciplinary action. Database Hits are verified at the source of the sanction.

Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) **
Identify High Risk Drivers – You may have employees that operate a motor vehicle for business purposes, this will allow you to reduce risk and keep operating costs low by using Motor Vehicle Records when screening prospective employees. By identifying high risk drivers, you can improve safety and reduce liability. Records that are searched are the candidate’s driving history for a selected period, speeding or other moving violations, chargeable accidents, DUI offenses, suspension or revocations and accumulation of points.

CDLIS
All state agencies are mandated to store and provide information to the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). This nationwide CDL search will help you identify the proper state(s) from which to request Commercial Driving Records. It includes: Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number match, AKA information, Current “State of Record” and up to three previously held CDL numbers. This information constitutes a driver’s unique CDLIS Master Pointer Record.

Media Records Search
Our media records search provides your company with links, domain addresses and other identifiers on the subject from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Myspace, Yahoo, Bing, Google and other sources. The information that is provided allows you to learn more about your candidate. We do not obtain passwords or any type of log-in information.

Abuse and Neglect Registry**
The abuse and neglect registry will be searched for the current address of the applicant. Each state registry will vary and may include more or less information than other states. These registries report individuals that have been found responsible for abusing or neglecting children or vulnerable adults.

Work Comp Claim History**
This provides a history of work related injuries that can include dates, nature of incidence(s), and whether or not the state authority upheld or denied the claim.  Each state limits the data that they will report and not all states offer this search. This can only be generated after a “Conditional Job Offer” has been made.

Essential Tenant

This screen offers information including eviction information, monetary judgments, court-ordered possession, property damage claims, past court actions and much more. It allows property owners and managers to protect their investment while assuring placement of the best qualified residents. This is a great screen to include in a criminal package when screening prospective tenant for maximum effectiveness.