Info Quest, Inc.: Background checks don’t have to be difficult

Once upon a time, people were most of their lives in small towns or localized city neighborhoods, where everybody knew everybody and trusted most people. Today however, few people live in the same locale for very long and trust is no longer a matter of faith, but often needs to be verified, especially when it comes to the workplace, business relationships and property rental. Background checks are most often performed when hiring employees, managing rental property, or other business reasons. They when an individual is going to be given access to one’s home or property as a result of performing a service or being hired as an employee. The access to technology enables people to either steal or manufacture identities easily. Therefore it is essential to utilize background checks, obtaining as much information as possible to confirm an individual’s identity before becoming involved with them. The old expression “it is better to err on the side of caution” has more meaning today than ever.  For more information regarding the various types of background checks available, please visit Our expert background screeners are there to assisted any business with basic Background Check information. The steps shown below provide the procedure for conducting background checks. However, keep in mind that when conducting a background check, most often there is a signed release of information form that enables access to certain specific records that otherwise cannot be accessed.

GATHER INFORMATION – POSITIVE ID   The first goal of any background check is to obtain a positive identification of the subject in question. The important preliminary information needed includes full name, date of birth, social security number and a current or past address. Date of birth is a very important identifier and necessary to search criminal records. Current and past addresses are also good identifiers, because to conduct a thorough criminal records search, you must ascertain subject’s state(s) of residence. When dealing with female subjects, remember to learn if the individual is married or single. Ask for all last names used, both past and present. This can be an important factor when checking both general and criminal records. Public records are most often indexed by name alone, or by name and date of birth. Proprietary database records – not available to the public – are often indexed by social security number. Other useful information needed to begin an investigation include names of relatives, driver’s license number and phone numbers. A few pertinent questions to be asked when initially interviewing the subject include, “Where are you from?”, “Where did you go to school?”, and “When is your birthday?” Ask for and make a copy of the subject’s driver’s license, which will accompany the application.


CONFIRM – ADDRESS HISTORY SEARCH   Once having gathered as much information as possible, confirm the information. Confirmation is critical. A three credit bureau Address History Search will reveal past addresses, plus others who are currently living at, or who have lived at, the same address. This might also reveal aliases used, plus “also known as” (aka) information – or variations of names used. If none of the data returned matches the information provided by or about your subject, this should raise the proverbial red flag. Information possibly returned from an Address History Report includes: – Address History w/Phone Numbers – Age/Date of Birth – Alias/Maiden Names – Neighbors – Relatives/Roommates living at same address – Dates of Residence Once you have determined that the subject is who they say they are, the other part of a thorough background check is the Criminal Records Search.


CRIMINAL RECORDS SEARCHES    A thorough criminal background check includes searches of Local and County Criminal Records, State Criminal Courts, National Department of Corrections and Sex Offenders databases, and the OFAC Patriot Act Search. Records can be obtained at the various courthouses or online by information providers. Read: How To Search Criminal Records. Local and County Checks – Results from local or county jurisdiction criminal records searches will include only the crimes committed within those immediate jurisdictions. If checking only the counties where the subject says he or she lived over the past 3-5 years, the search is relying on the individual to be truthful about their past residences. This search may miss offenses committed in other jurisdictions. Therefore, conduct a complete address history (three credit bureau Address History Report) prior to conducting a Criminal Records Search. Statewide Criminal Courts – These records are obtained through a state agency and include only the crimes committed within that state. Search costs and response times vary widely from state to state. Some state checks include arrests, but in most instances only those arrests leading to convictions are cited. Data for Sale – Information providers and brokers buy their criminal data from the states. Many states have strong privacy laws and some do not sell any criminal data obtained for a personal or business background check. Some states sell a portion of their data, but not the full conviction or arrest files. The data is not uniform between states. You must know the level of accuracy of the data being purchased by understanding what the state in question has provided.

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