This article will help you:
- Determine which checks are in your package
- Understand a basic report package
- Learn where to look for more info on other Checkr products
This article is intended for users with Admin or Requester roles.
Determine which checks are in your package
When you order a background check package on the Checkr Dashboard, you'll see which checks it includes:
Basic report package
Most checks begin with a "basic" report package, which includes the most common searches:
- Social Security Number Trace
- Sex Offender Registry Check
- Global Watchlist Check
- National Criminal Database Check
These searches cannot be run as standalone searches, and are always run as a group.
Social Security Number (SSN) Trace
The SSN Trace is run first, and provides information such as known names (AKAs) and addresses associated with the SSN.
If a County Criminal Records Check is added to the package, data returned from the SSN Trace, such as previous addresses and possible aliases (when included in the screening package), is used as a pointer to search specific counties for records.
Process: Credit Bureau records are checked against the name, date of birth (DOB) and SSN submitted by each candidate.
For more information, please see Social Security Number (SSN) Trace.
Sex Offender Registry Check
A nationwide search of all 50 states and the District of Columbia’s sex offender registry for all levels of registered sex offenders. Search includes type(s) of offense and identifiers, such as DOB.
Process: A near instantaneous database search. All potential records are reviewed by Checkr’s professional QA team to ensure maximum possible accuracy in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
For more information, please see Sex Offender Registry Check.
Global Watchlist Records Check
Searches for terrorists and individuals excluded/barred by the US government and foreign entities. Also includes a sanctions search to identify individuals who are included in government sanction databases.
Process: A near-instantaneous database search. All potential records are reviewed by Checkr’s professional QA team to ensure maximum possible accuracy in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
For more information, please see Global Watchlist Records Check.
National Criminal Records Check
A “pointer” database of over 900 million records is queried instantly.
Process: A near-instantaneous database search, delays only occur when a record requires additional review by the QA team.
Please note: this is different from a Federal Criminal Records Check.
For more information, please see National Criminal Records Check.
County Criminal Records Check
The County Criminal Records Check is not a default screening in a Basic Criminal Screening, but if the report returns any pointers to possible data in specific counties, Checkr conducts County Level Verification to help ensure that public record information is complete and up to date in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
When potential records are identified in the National Criminal Database Check the report is automatically upgraded, a County-Level Verification fee is charged, and 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.
A County Criminal Records Check can be separately added to a package, and is conducted in different ways, for example:
- Current County Check: In the county where the candidate currently resides.
- Unlimited County Checks: In all counties where the candidate had a registered address during the past seven years.
Please note: Applicable county-level pass-though fees may apply.