This article will help you:
- Determine which screenings are in your package
- Understand a basic report package
- Learn where to look for more info on other Checkr screenings
This article is intended for users with Admin or Requester roles.
For more information on the screenings Checkr offers, see the Screening Types section in the Help Center.
Please contact Checkr Customer Support for questions about the options we offer, or to configure packages specific to your needs.
When you order a background check package on the Checkr Dashboard, you'll see which screenings it includes:
Most screenings begin with a "basic" report package, which includes the most common searches:
- SSN Trace
- Sex Offender Search
- Global Watchlist Search
- National Criminal Search
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 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.
Data returned from the SSN Trace, including previous addresses and possible aliases, is then used as a pointer to run a County Criminal Search, searching specific counties for records.
Process: Credit Bureau records are checked against the name, date of birth and SSN submitted by each candidate. All discrepancies are vetted by Checkr’s QA team prior to initiating the remaining screenings.
Sex Offender Registry Search
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 Date of Birth (DOB).
Process: A near instantaneous database search. All potential records are vetted by Checkr’s professional QA team to ensure maximal accuracy.
Global Watchlist Search
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 vetted by Checkr’s professional QA team to ensure maximal accuracy.
National Criminal Database Search
A “pointer” database of over 33 million records is queried instantly.
Process: A near instantaneous database search, delays only occur when a record requires additional review by the Quality Assurance team.
Note that this is different from a federal criminal search.
County Criminal Search
If the basic report package returns any pointers to possible data in specific counties, a County Criminal Search is initiated. All felony and misdemeanor records identified on the National Criminal Search are verified at the source county courthouse. A County Criminal Search is conducted in one or more of the following:
- Current County Search: In the county where the candidate has most recently resided.
- Unlimited County Searches: In all counties where the candidate had a registered address during the past seven years.
Process: This is a largely human search, both for Checkr and for other consumer reporting agencies. However, Checkr’s proprietary software ensures more consistent quality across the efforts of many contributors. Checkr sends licensed and insured court researchers into each respective courthouse to search for records.