This search locates potential criminal records with its nationwide scope. A National Criminal Database Search draws from over 500 million records from thousands of jurisdictions, including counties, department of corrections (DOC), administrative office of courts (AOC), and offender registries from all 50 states, plus Washington DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

When a record is returned, we automatically confirm its accuracy with the originating source at the county or state courthouse.

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

With a national criminal database search you can:

  • Identify jurisdictions on a broader scale where a person may have a criminal record
  • Search beyond states and counties where a candidate has worked, lived or attended school

National criminal database search 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 day


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 federal offenses, including high-level or white-collar crimes and crimes that cross state lines.
  • The National Criminal Database Search casts a wide net to search a variety of sources and millions of records to find the locations of potential crimes nationwide.

More about Federal Criminal History Searches ›
Read our quick guide about the differences between “Federal” and “National” in Background Checks ›

Q. What is the average turnaround time for a national criminal database 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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