• Mexico Background Screening

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    Revision Date: March 25, 2022

    The following has been provided as general educational information only. It is not legal advice, express or implied. Consultation with legal counsel in all matters of employment and business law is recommended.

    Services Available:

    • Criminal Search
    • Education Verification
    • Employment Verification
    • Global Watchlist Search

    Disclaimer:  The following guide is provided for general educational purposes only. It is not legal advice, and users are encouraged to seek their own independent counsel when evaluating these services. Importantly, the specific screenings offered by Checkr do not guarantee an organization’s legal rights to request or use them. Several factors, including the residency and location of your organization and your candidates may implicate additional data privacy and employment laws.

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    Criminal Search

    Description:

    The criminal search is conducted at the National level covering all Mexican states. The search returns all available criminal offenses against the subject searched. It may include charge type, offense date, court, and file date. Other case information may not be available.

    Sources:

    The search is conducted through the Secretariat of Protection and Citizen Security (“Secretaria de Proteccion y Seguridad Ciudadana”) at a federal level and, local or state agencies which vary per jurisdiction  

    Search Type:

    The search covers federal, state and city level jurisdictions and generates a Criminal Certificate. The search period varies per each jurisdiction. Although, many jurisdictions contain historical data, only certain information will be reportable based on local regulations. It is common practice for citizens to obtain and provide an employer with a copy of their Letter of No Criminal Record (“Carta de No Antecedentes Penales” or “Certificados de No Antecedentes Penales“); however these have been discouraged by the present administration and even denied by some agencies as they are considered discriminatory; therefore they are only issued under specific circumstances.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Applicant’s Name - All other names by which applicant is known or have previously
    • been known (such as your maiden name), must be provided in full, including given
    • names.
    • DOB
    • Address in Country
    • CURP Number – Clave Única de Registro de Población
    • Copy of Government ID
    • Consent Form – Signed consent is required

    The applicant should previously be provided with and have signed a data privacy notice before conducting the screening.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 5 business days.

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    Education Verification

    Description:

    The verification of academic status of any educational level such as high school, college and post grad. It may include institution name, dates of attendance, graduation/conferred date, degree obtained, major, minor, honors, awards, and comments.

    Sources:

    Registrars and administration offices from educational institutions across Mexico. Some institutions may require additional documentation and fees to process the verification. Name and title of the sources will be provided when applicable. An education verification search is conducted and charged per degree. Multiple degrees/majors listed in an order will be billed accordingly.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Applicant’s Name (all names including Father’s Last name and Mother’s Last Name)
    • Name While Attending
    • DOB
    • Institution’s Name
    • Institution Address
    • Institution Telephone Number
    • Dates of Attendance
    • Graduation Date
    • Degree Obtained/Licentiate Date*
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Authorization – Must contain proper language for authorizing third party to obtain the information.
    • Diploma/Certificate – This may be required by some institutions.

    Although graduation is a common practice in Mexico, for many institutions the Licentiate Date is what determines if the applicant obtained the degree. The applicant should previously be provided with and have signed a data privacy notice before conducting the screening.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 6 to 7 days. Verifications will be closed, as Unable to Verify, after 15 business days of unsuccessful attempts.

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    Employment Verification

    Description:

    Verification of previous employment history to confirm work experience. It may include such information as the employer's name, dates of employment, position/title, and/or reason for leaving.. Salary information will be provided if available for disclosure by the source.

    Sources:

    Government agencies and employers across the country. In some countries, the records of former employees are not kept in a searchable form and contacting the supervisor or manager is normal practice.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Applicant’s Name - Last Name, First Name, Middle Name
    • DOB
    • Employer’s Name
    • Employer’s Address
    • Employer’s Telephone Number
    • Dates of Employment
    • Position/Title
    • Reason for Leaving
    • Employee ID
    • Authorization – Must contain proper language for authorizing third party to obtain the information.

    Some employers may have unique processes for providing verifications that may include special authorization forms, experience letters, employment reference letters, etc. These additional requirements will be communicated at the time of ordering if the need for additional information arises with a specific employer. The applicant should previously be provided with and signed a data privacy notice before conducting the screening.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 6 to 7 days. Verifications will be closed, as Unable to Verify, after 15 business days of unsuccessful attempts.

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    Global Watchlist Search

    Description:

    The Global Watchlist Search product provides a thorough search of multiple National and International repositories and government watchlists. The search consists of thousands of databases, many of which are updated daily to provide more up to date coverage. 

    Sources:

    OFAC, FBI Most Wanted (incl. Terrorists), FBI Seeking Information, FBI Hijack Suspects, Politically Exposed Persons, governmental lists, sanctions, enforcements and warnings from over 500 agencies, criminal courts, & news sources from around the world.

    Search Type: 

    Multi-jurisdictional database search consisting of both historical and near real time updated information.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Applicant’s Name - Last Name, First Name, Middle, suffix
    • Aliases/Other Names
    • DOB
    • Nationality
    • Authorization – Must contain proper language for authorizing third party to obtain
    • the information.

    The applicant should previously be provided with and have signed a data privacy notice before conducting the screening.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 1 to 2 days.