Criminal Background Checks

Criminal Record Screenings

Understand your candidate’s criminal history with fast and reliable data. Fair hiring starts here. 

Let’s start with the basics

What is a criminal background check?

Criminal background checks compile national and local records of criminal misconduct. So you are aware of any reportable criminal records associated with your candidate.

Why is understanding a candidate’s criminal history important?

Candidate eligibility and fit 
Does your candidate have a criminal record that would make it illegal or risky to perform the role? Criminal background checks help answer that question.

Organizational risk 
Criminal background screenings can help protect your brand’s reputation, and reassure customers and employees of workplace safety.

Checkr’s Criminal Record Screenings

Checkr’s AI-powered platform boosts the speed and accuracy of every criminal background search. Backed by our expert research team, our comprehensive offering probes thousands of databases and registries for an exhaustive report including aliases and global watchlist returns. 

National Criminal Records Check

Determine which if any county records should be reviewed with this powerful primary search that queries over 900 million records.

County Criminal Records Check

Screen county records from any state for the most complete documentation of criminal history.

Federal Criminal Records Check

Search the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) for federal felony and misdemeanor convictions at the district level in federal courts.

State Criminal Records Check

Search state criminal record databases. This screening is dispatched in tandem with the County Criminal Record Check to ensure full coverage and case information.

Global Watchlist Search

Search a comprehensive network of domestic and international government watchlists for criminal history and industry bans.

Sex Offender Registry Searches

Search registries from all 50 states, Washington DC, and US territories. Reports will include the offender’s date of registration and current status.

SSN Trace and Address History

Review address history and Social Security Number (SSN) validity with a powerful SSN trace through public and proprietary records. Determine which counties and other databases should be searched for additional public records.

SSN-less Reports

If a candidate does not have or does not provide a SSN it is still possible to run certain checks like motor vehicle records (MVR).

FACIS Searches

Fraud Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) screens for sanctions/adverse information in sensitive fields such as healthcare. Checkr offers two levels of checks for federal and state compliance.

Featured solutions

Go beyond your typical background screening with Checkr’s advanced products and packages. Our offering powers at-scale hiring with less risk and more flexibility.
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International Background Checks

Manage global and local background checks in a single system with Checkr’s global platform which extends to 223 countries.

Continuous Monitoring

Get notified of any reportable changes to employee criminal records with Checkr’s continuous criminal records monitoring.

COVID-19 Continuity Package

Checkr ensures your team maintains access to vital court records—even with COVID-19 related delays—so you can continue hiring.

What to keep in mind when performing criminal background checks

Checkr’s platform promotes fair and compliant practices with state of the art tools and technology. We are also your partner in education. When it comes to criminal history screenings, here are the primary laws and best-practices to consider.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

To build a compliant background check process, you must understand the FCRA and regional and local requirements around denying a candidate employment based on a criminal record.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The EEOC helps ensure that candidates are being treated fairly in the hiring process, and provides a framework for individualized assessments of pre-employment background checks.

Modern Candidate Experience

Background checks can be intimidating, Checkr improves the user-experience with online educational tools, live support, and access to report status in our mobile-friendly candidate portal.

Ban the Box

“Ban the Box” is a collective term for regulations dictating when in the hiring process you may review a candidate’s criminal history with the goal of ensuring fair access to employment.

Your Company Policy

At the end of the day, you define the terms of engagement for any role. A clear company policy regarding criminal background checks that is applied consistently will limit liability and risk.

Preview of the Fair Chance Playbook

Want to unlock a new, diverse talent pool?

Explore Checkr’s Fair Chance Playbook to learn why candidates with a criminal record can actually be the key to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

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Civil Searches

Gain further insight into a candidate’s legal history beyond criminal activity with county or federal civil searches.

Verifications

Verify education and work history outside the US while also surfacing data regarding criminal history and international watchlists.

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On average Checkr customers reduced adjudication time by 90%.