Cursory Nationwide Criminal Index Database.

Cursory Nationwide Criminal Index Database Search

Employers Choice Screening uses in‐house researchers to complete all requested Cursory Nationwide Criminal Index Database searches.

The source for information depends on the type of search being performed. Most searches are conducted by directly contacting the appropriate source, such as contacting a county court directly for a county criminal search or contacting past employers for employment verification.

We also conduct nationwide and statewide database searches. In doing this, we may scan a multitude of state‐run databases, in conjunction with county, state, and federal criminal history record searches. A cursory nationwide criminal database search helps identify jurisdictions on a broader scale where a person may have a criminal record. In addition to this, it helps search beyond states and counties where a candidate has worked, lived, or attended school.

Nationwide criminal index database search sources include:

• Criminal records from state and some county  courts

• Departments of correction and probation

• Sex offender registries from 50 states, Washington D.C., & Guam

• Information from state‐level agencies, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the FBI

• Local, state, and federal fugitive lists

Database Limitations

There are more than 7,000 significant courts in the United States that maintain criminal records but there is no nationwide criminal record database that includes all of these records. 

There is no nationwide criminal record index database that contains all these records. Vital information, such as file numbers, conviction dates, and personal identifiers, are often missing. 

A “hit” on the ‘Nationwide’ or the ‘Statewide’ Criminal Database Check does not ensure that the applicant is a criminal, and a “clear” result does not ensure that the applicant does not have a criminal record. 

State repositories are dependent on counties for criminal record information, and counties may or may not be diligent, reliable, or timely in providing updates. For this reason, most state repositories do not have complete or up-to‐date information. The availability of criminal records varies greatly from state to state and county to county. 

Most criminal database searches are not compliant with the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) and similar state laws;  any “hits” must be verified with the local jurisdiction.