A sex offender registry is a common search that background screening companies provide as part of an employment background check. Most background screening companies advertise what is called a “Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search”, which will search for level II and III convicted sex offenders nationwide. However, the nationwide sex offender registry misses around 20% of offenders that are listed on statewide registries (each state is required to maintain a list of convicted sex offenders). Therefore we recommend conducting statewide sex offender registry searches on new hires/applicants over a nationwide registry search, as the results are more accurate. For more information on the differences between nationwide and state-level sex offender registries, please contact us.