National Criminal Search, a/k/a Multi-State Criminal Search may not be what you think it is. Considering the existence of various types of background screenings, it may be difficult to find what level of searching best fits your company’s needs. The two most common criminal history background screenings include the Federal level background screening and the Multi-state/National level background screening. The Federal Judicial System is very much different from that of the States’ Judicial System.

Federal Employment Background Screening

A Federal Background Check will outline prosecuted crimes at the Federal level. This certain type of background screening doesn’t include prosecuted crimes at the state or county level, e.g. Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Burglary, Shoplifting, etc.

What Does a Federal Search Uncover?

  • Possession and distribution of drugs
  • Illegal possession of firearms
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Federal Income Tax Evasion
  • Bank Fraud
  • Identify Theft
  • Mail Fraud (Federal only)
  • Wire Fraud (Federal only)

                    ……. and much more

Federal criminal histories are not included in state or county level background screening. Therefore, it is crucial to perform a Federal criminal background screening to protect you and your company.

State and Multi-State Employment Background Screening

A State or Multi-State Background check will report records from the State or County criminal records’ repository. You will want to do a background screening in any state in which the individual has resided or the jurisdictions that appear on their Social Security Number address history. Because laws vary by state, there are endless crimes that may be revealed by performing the correct type of criminal records search.

Choosing the Right Background Screening Company

Many companies offer employment background screening services, and you may realize how overwhelming to find one who will best fit your company’s needs. It’s crucial to research a background screening company’s process and what types of criminal record searches they are providing.