This article will help you:
- Determine which screenings are in your package
- Determine what each screening entails
- Change what's in your package
This article is intended for users with Admin or Requester roles.
Checkr also offers package types for different needs. If you need to configure your packages or have questions about other options we offer, please contact Checkr Customer Support. Only Checkr can modify your packages.
When you order a background check package on the Checkr Dashboard, you'll see which screenings it includes:
Below, you'll see the most common searches included in a criminal background check, as well as links to more information.
County Criminal Search
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.
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.
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.
Social Security Number (SSN) Trace
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.
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.
Global Watchlist Search
Search 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.
Based on your industry or the level of thoroughness you desire, you may add other screenings to your package, including:
- State Criminal Search
- Federal Criminal Search
- Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Search
- Drug Screening
- FACIS (Fraud Abuse Control Information System) Screening
- Employment Verification
- Education Verification
- Personal and Professional Reference Checks
- County Civil Search
- Federal Civil Search
- Municipal Criminal Search
- Credit Reports
- Tenant Screenings