National Criminal Database Search
In today’s technology-soaked world, it’s easier than ever for con artists and criminals to gain access to your business. Fraudulent resumes, fake references, made-up employment histories, and exaggerated skills can be incredibly difficult to detect. This leads to applicants who look fantastic on paper but may really present a significant liability or loss risk.
Past behavior often predicts future behavior. Criminal activity is no exception. Therefore, Criminal Record Searches reveal a person’s history and life story clearly, raising red flags that identify whether someone is likely to steal, lie, or even cause another person direct harm. A candidate with a history of violence, theft, or fraud is a risky hire.
Bad hires can cost businesses thousands of dollars. This is especially true when that bad hire is a criminal committing a crime in the line of business. It’s up to you to protect your business from these risks. The best way to do that is to screen every single candidate you hire.
Our National Criminal Database Searches is unique because they go beyond the reach of traditional searches by sourcing information from multiple databases. We recommend that all businesses make this search a part of their overall candidate screening program.
Knowledge is power!
What is a National Criminal Database Search?
A National Criminal Database Search is an extension of a standard Criminal Record Check that broadens the scope of screening to include criminal records from anywhere in the nation.
IMI Data’s National Criminal Record Database Search doesn’t check only a single database; instead, our system screens millions of results from thousands of information sources all across the country. Then, it cross-references each result for accuracy and legitimacy to help you feel confident about your results.
National Criminal Record Database Searches review most localized sources, including County Courts, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), township courts, and local fugitive lists.
But these searches go beyond these localized results; they also provide information sourced from multiple states and nationally-based agencies. These include the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), Statewide Sex Offender registries, and the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
IMI Data’s National Criminal Database Search may also provide information on arrest records, warnings, reprimands, fines, tickets, and other non-conviction actions, even if the candidate was never convicted. These advanced screening features are particularly useful for identifying risks before cases conclude.
Why You Need Our National Criminal Database Search
At IMI Data Search, we understand the serious risks businesses take each time they hire a new employee. Just a single bad hire can greatly increase your risk of liability lawsuits, inventory or cash loss, and even direct harm to the public and/or other employees. That’s why we support you in taking every step you can to protect your business from these risks.
When you run a National Criminal Database Search, you put the power of information back into your hands. Nationally-based searches extend your ability to identify candidate red flags. This search lengthens your reach from just one specific area to most justice-oriented records across the United States. A National Criminal Database Search is more robust than a County Criminal Record Check or a Federal Criminal Record Check combined because it reviews thousands of sources at the same time.
This search lets employers and recruiters verify the presence of records from both the state you live in and other states. For candidates who move often or travel, this is a must. A crime committed in another state may not show up on a County Criminal Records Check or Federal Criminal Records Search alone. This leaves you less prepared for hiring decisions, unless it’s paired with a National search.
Running a National Criminal Database Search may also fulfill regulatory requirements for businesses operating in industries that work with vulnerable populations or sensitive information. These industries include healthcare, education, security, intelligence, IT, and finance. Depending on the position for which you are hiring, a criminal record may preclude you from hiring the candidate in the first place. Failing to screen when hiring for these sensitive positions can expose your business to negligent hiring lawsuits after hire.
How IMI Data Helps With National Criminal Database Searches
IMI Data helps with National Criminal Searches by simplifying the process to make it affordable, accessible, and reliable. Our system not only verifies the presence of criminal records but also cross-checks results for accuracy and error red flags. If any confusion or errors arise, we will confirm the information with local, state, or federal agencies to ensure that it’s correct.
At IMI Data Search, we also consider your corporate compliance needs. Our platform utilizes advanced technology to prevent accidental FCRA non-compliance. This includes the initial search and when addressing candidate disputes or re-screening requests. We’ll prompt you for information or contact you directly for direction if compliance demands additional data.
Compliance and Regulations
Need to follow Adverse Action protocols after identifying the presence of a criminal record? IMI Data’s screening services provide login access to all of your documents. This ensures a persistent paper trail that illustrates due diligence. We can provide guidance on the Adverse Action process, including access to legally required disclosures and forms, as well as aiding you in handling questions or disputes from your applicants.
If or when you require additional guidance, we make it fast and easy to get in contact with us. Call us or email us; one of our screening experts will respond and provide you with information. Our experts handle questions from businesses and prospective candidates every single day. Each request is handled sensitively following all compliance needs with your privacy and business goals in mind.
Best of all, IMI Data’s National Criminal Database Search is lightning-fast. For most uncomplicated situations, you can expect your results within as little as a few minutes to a few hours. Issues with data entry errors or failed cross-matching of candidate information may increase this time length, but we aim to return all results in a maximum of one to three days.