This article will help you:
- Understand what happens in a Federal Criminal Records Check
- Understand your candidate's experience
The US tries cases in two different courts: state/local courts and federal courts. These are considered to be different jurisdictions and therefore try different categories of cases.
Federal criminal offenses usually fall into the following categories:
- Crimes against federal employees (postal carriers, TSA employees, etc.)
- Crimes committed on federal land (e.g., national parks)
- Bank robberies (all banks are protected by the FDIC, a federal department)
- Commissions of crimes across state lines (e.g., a kidnapping occurring in California which crosses into Nevada, large-scale conspiracies)
- Drug cases involving large distribution network(s)
- Child Pornography (internet allows for transmission across state and country borders)
- Other crimes that fall outside state and local jurisdictions
It can be easy to confuse a Federal Criminal Records Check with the National Criminal Records Check. Unlike these other records, federal criminal records are only accessible through a specific federal criminal search.There is no overlap with county or statewide searches, nor with the National Criminal Records Check.
The main difference between a federal crime and other crimes is that a federal crime is prosecuted under federal criminal law in federal courts. A county criminal search doesn't return results on the Federal level.
Federal Criminal Records Checks use the US Federal Government’s PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) criminal record system, which is an online portal used to obtain case information from the 94 Federal District Court jurisdictions.
Searches that uncover a criminal record can take 2-4 days to complete. Because most federal criminal records have all or most personally identifying information (PII) redacted, searches that yield no results are returned almost immediately. All federal criminal information is online, making in-court research unnecessary.
The Federal Criminal Records Check must be run in conjunction with the basic report package. The Federal Criminal Records Check cannot be run as a standalone Screening.
Candidates will be asked to provide Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including their full name, date of birth, social security number, email address, and phone number.
They will then be presented and asked to acknowledge receipt of applicable forms and notifications, including Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and an Acknowledgement and Authorization for Background Check.
After the candidate consents, Checkr will initiate the Check.
If you've applied for a job and are looking for more information on your background check’s status or progress, please log into the Checkr Candidate Portal.