In April 2012, the National Consumer Law Center published a piece entitled “Broken Records,” reporting that inaccurate background checks are extremely pervasive in the background screening industry. The report identified the following common problems with background checks:

  • Mismatched people (i.e. a person with no criminal background with someone who has a record, which is especially problematic for people with common names);
  • Omission of crucial information about a case, (i.e. a person is arrested but then found innocent);
  • Inclusion of sealed or expunged information (i.e. a juvenile offense);
  • Misleading information, (i.e. a single charge listed multiple times), and/or
  • Misclassification of offenses (i.e. reporting a misdemeanor as a felony).

While the Fair Credit Reporting Act and numerous state laws provide protections to job applicants, including the right to know what has been reported about you in a background check, the reality is that the applicant might never be provided with this information. In spite of excellent job interviews, perfect qualifications, and great experience, job offers that appeared to be imminent may suddenly evaporate for no apparent reason. This problem is particularly acute with applicants who have common names.

Do you want to find out whether criminal records have been erroneously linked to you? If so, the following services are available:

Criminal Records (per court or jurisdiction) $50.00 (New York Statewide $85.00)

Felony and/or misdemeanor convictions. Statewide checks are available in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Criminal checks in all other states are conducted at the local (county) level. Please note: Each criminal record check includes ONE name in ONE court or jurisdiction. Additional checks are $50 per name and per court/jurisdiction. The exception is New York (statewide), which is $85 per name.This is due to the cost of record searches established by the New York Administrative Office of the Courts.

Social Security Number Verification $15.00

The Social Security Number Verification is not a check of the Social Security Administration's databases, but a search of credit bureau and public records databases to determine what name or names are associated with the usage of a particular Social Security number. A comprehensive address history is also included. Furthermore, this search provides information regarding when and where the Social Security number was issued. This report enables job applicants to identify discrepancies between their resumes and what is reported with the Social Security Number Verification.

National Criminal File $40.00

This check provides a search of multiple criminal record sources, including some state and county criminal repositories, a proprietary database of felonies/misdemeanors, and prison parole/release records. While this check provides access to millions of criminal records, it is not a true nationwide search.

National Sex Offender Registry $25.00

This is a national search of the U.S. Justice Department’s Sex Offender Registry. All 50 states are included.

Requesting a Self-Background Check

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