What is a pointer search?
Not all screenings result in actionable information for customers. Checkr uses certain screenings operationally to generate other screenings. These are commonly referred to as “pointer searches” and serve an important purpose: to cast a wide net when conducting a comprehensive background check.
Information returned in pointer searches is not always complete or up to date. For this reason, they should not be used to determine a candidate's eligibility, and Checkr takes steps to avoid facilitating such use by customers. These searches inform how Checkr conducts other screenings, and result in Complete, rather than a Clear or Consider outcome.
Pointer searches include:
- SSN Trace: provides verification that the SSN exists, what state it was issued, what year it was issued, and all known names (AKAs) and addresses associated with the SSN.
- National Criminal Database Check: database search. Triggers county criminal checks, and may trigger municipal criminal checks, depending on the Package selected.
- State Criminal Records Check: select states only.
If these non-reportable searches return “pointers” to possible data in specific counties, a County Criminal Records Check is initiated. All felony and misdemeanor records identified on the National Criminal Records Check are verified at the source county courthouse.