National Criminal Database Check

No background check is complete without a National Criminal Database search. Tracking residential and employment history isn’t always enough to find widespread crimes. This national background check fills in the gaps with its nationwide scope, and provides a broad view of your candidate’s criminal history.

A National Criminal Database search draws from over 505 million records from thousands of jurisdictions, including databases with terrorist and sex offender information.

With a national criminal background check you can:

  • Identify criminal records across thousands of sources nationwide
  • Search beyond states and counties where a candidate has worked, lived or attended school

National criminal background check sources include, but are not limited to:

  • Criminal records from state record repositories and some county and township courts
  • Departments of correction and probation
  • Sex offender registries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam
  • Information from state-level agencies, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the FBI
  • Local, state and federal fugitive lists

Average Turnaround time: Same day / 1 business days


Our Compliance Policy:

When a record is returned, we automatically confirm its accuracy with the originating source at the county or state courthouse. This is done in compliance with section 606 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), to ensure you receive the most complete, accurate information.

The National Criminal Database Check is only available in conjunction with additional county and state-wide searches.

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Q: What’s the difference between the federal criminal history search and National Criminal Database search?
A: They may sound the same, but these two types of searches are distinct.

  • Federal criminal searches report information from federal district courts and contain only specific high-level, white-collar crimes and crimes that cross state lines.
  • The National Criminal Database reports information from a compilation of thousands of sources at the county, state and federal levels.

More about Federal Criminal History Searches ›

Q. What is the average turnaround time for a national criminal search?
A. The turnaround time for our National Criminal Database Search is a few minutes when no records are found. However, verification of records at the originating courthouse, agency or registry may take 2 to 3 business days.

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