Fingerprinting is the only biometric-based background check that provides “positive” identification against government agency criminal history databases to ensure that an individual is who they say they are.
Employers Choice Screening partners with multiple live scan and fingerprinting experts who serve as a resource for us to provide electronic fingerprinting and related services to handle all of your identity management needs.
Note: Availability is based on jurisdiction and the employer must provide us with their ORI Number in order to schedule a live scan appointment.
The Originating Agency Identifier Number (ORI) is a nine-character identifier containing both alpha and numeric characters assigned by FBI CJIS, which validates legal authorization to access Criminal Justice Information (CJI) and identifies the agency in all transactions.
Live Scan fingerprint-based Background Checks vs. Name-Based Background Checks.
Fingerprint background checks involve comparing an applicant’s fingerprints against state and federal fingerprint databases. These checks only look for prior arrests and report crimes that are in the database. Name-based background checks on the other hand compare a candidate’s information against available criminal records. These are used to determine prior criminal records and can also be used to verify name, birth date, and social security number among other personal identifiers. In contrast, name-based background checks can be used to verify an applicant’s professional certifications, education, past employment history, and driving record.
Fingerprinting / LiveScan Background Check.
Fingerprints have several shortcomings and limitations, making them poorly suited to employment background screening. For starters, state and FBI fingerprint databases are designed for criminals and not potential employment seekers. Other flaws include:
The FBI database does not include final or disposition information many as 50% of the criminal records in the database.
Fingerprint records are not updated regularly. Sometimes, they are weeks and months out of date.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines state that arrests that do not result in convictions should not be considered while making a hiring decision. This is because of its disproportionate impact on non- Caucasian communities. Unfortunately, fingerprint-based records often include these arrests.
FBI reports or rap sheets cannot be challenged by the subjects
Name-Based Background Check.
There are several benefits to carrying out name-based criminal background checks for employment purposes. A few of these are:
These reports are consistent with EEOC guidelines since only convictions are included. There are no mentions of arrests.
Background screening companies can uncover other valuable information apart from criminal convictions. For instance, you can ascertain whether a candidate’s educational and employment background is what they claim it to be.
Candidates can challenge the results in name-based background check reports through an adverse action process. This process is required by all screening companies to follow as per the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Fingerprint background checks can take up to six weeks to deliver results as compared to a few days in name-based background checks.