The only way to ensure that you are performing an accurate county-level criminal records search is to search in every jurisdiction the applicant has resided in during a specified period of time (usually 7 years). But how do you know which jurisdictions should be searched?
This is where a Social Security number trace comes to the rescue. A Social Security number trace utilizes credit header information, the non-confidential portion of an individual’s credit history.
Each time a person uses their Social Security number to apply for credit (home loans, student loans, rental applications, new cell phone contract, new credit card, etc.) the address associated with each credit application is tracked and becomes a part of the person’s address history. Over time, this creates an address history for the individual, tracking their change in addresses.
This history is extremely useful for identifying the counties of residence for the individual, which informs our researchers on where to perform criminal record searches. After all counties of residence have been identified through the Social Security number trace, we initiate a request for a misdemeanor and felony record search in each relevant jurisdiction.