Professional License Verification
Honesty may be the best policy, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should instantly trust every candidate to tell the truth when they apply. Statistics show that the rate of resume and application fraud is skyrocketing. As many as 80 percent of all employees admit to falsifying their records in an effort to gain access to a business or job.
Often, applicant fraud is little more than over-inflated employment dates or job titles. Sometimes it can be much more serious. Candidates may falsify or defraud employers about a professional license or current license status even when they know they either do not have the license or do not currently hold an active license. Because of this, it’s becoming increasingly important to run Professional License Verification searches on applicants.
Visual confirmation of a printed document or faxed copies of licensing information isn’t always reliable, either. Advanced technologies and online printing services make it easier than ever to print off fake identification cards, degrees, driver’s licenses, and even workplace identification cards.
What is Professional License Verification?
A Professional License Verification search validates information provided by your candidate or prospective connection against national, state, or municipal databases. First, our system confirms the license holder’s identity. This includes their first name, last name, date of birth, sex, and any other necessary identifying characteristics.
At this point, if a mismatch occurs, IMI Data Search notifies you that there may be a problem with the verification. Although it is extremely rare, identity mismatches within license databases do sometimes occur. To correct this issue, we will often request more information from your candidate or the database owner (such as a police department or healthcare organization).
If the basic identity information matches, we then check the validity of the license itself against a number of important parameters:
- Is it generally valid?
- Does the date of original issue match?
- Is the license still current and/or active?
- Does the license number itself the candidate’s claims?
- Does the license have any restrictions or special requirements?
- Is the expiration date in the future or close to expiration?
- Does the record of license contain any agency or disciplinary actions?
If a problem occurs at any point in this process, we will alert you and advise you of your next best steps. In situations where the error may be accidental or incidental (e.g., a recently expired license that requires updating), we can re-verify once your candidate fixes the problem.
How We Screen
IMI Data Search uses a number of very specific professional screening strategies to achieve full and reliable license verification. We can verify licenses through both personal contact or database review for local, state, and federal organizations for every profession in America.
Available professional license verification organizations include (but are not limited to):
- The National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
- The American Medical Association
- The Financial Accounting Standards Board
- The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
- State-based Teacher’s Associations (per state)
- Association of American Educators
- The American Bar Association
- The Federal Aviation Administration
- The U.S. Department of Transportation
- American Association of Cosmetology Schools
- The U.S. Military (Navy, Army, Air Force)
- The Department of Public Safety
- Most state-based licensing agencies
IMI Data Search is connected to thousands of licensing bodies all across the United States. We pride ourselves on our ability to locate and verify all license information, no matter what sector you work in or which professional you plan to hire.
Why You Need Special Professional License Searches
When candidates lie about or falsify licenses in highly skilled, educated, or professional sectors, they are frequently under-skilled or lack any particular skill at all. Very often, these individuals are engaging in intentional malignant fraud. Rather than simply forgetting to renew a license or overlooking license fees, they intend to fool the employer.
Licensed positions are licensed for a reason – they demand a higher skill or education level and exceptional amounts of training. When an unskilled or unreliable worker steps into the role, the actions they take may expose the business, their clients, and even the general public to extreme risk because they are more likely to make mistakes in the line of duty. In healthcare and law enforcement, these mistakes can even sometimes cause death or extreme physical harm.
Professional License Verification fosters confidence, fulfills legal requirements on the part of the business, and gives you the peace of mind to know you can trust your new employee to do the job right. In a world where resume, license, and experience fraud rates are higher than ever, that’s something not easily achieved by businesses in-house.
Additionally, businesses are often required to run professional license verification before they hire. These requirements are designated by federal or state law, and cannot be contravened or ignored without the potential of fines.
Running Licensensure Verification search demonstrates that your candidate has maintained their license. The candidate has also adhered to all legal requirements necessary to preserve its active status along the way. It also creates a paper trail that proves your business’s commitment to safety and legal responsibility.
How IMI Data Search Helps With Professional License Verification
Information verification is an employer’s best weapon against increasing resume and license fraud. However, it is only effective if done correctly. IMI Data Search’s innovative and easy-to-use online platform lets you file requests and confirm results from anywhere with internet access, all for a comfortable price.
Professional license results come back in as little as one to three days. Using our system prevents unnecessary hold-ups that slow down the recruiting process for licensed positions. You fulfill your legal requirement to screen candidates for proper licensing faster. This in turn lets you complete hires faster and with more fluidity than ever before.
IMI Data Search can also ease compliance issue fears and pain points. This is especially true when screening in states like California that have complex regulatory systems. The IMI Data Search platform utilizes stop-gap measures to protect screeners from accidental compliance failures. The platform prompts you when there may be an issue or when we need further information to satisfy your request’s legal status. And, in an effort to keep you safe, we also offer advice and guidance on issues surrounding disputes, Adverse Action, identity theft, privacy, and other client or candidate concerns. We’re here for you when you need us most!