Background Criminal Records – Content

County Criminal Records

This product includes a 7-year felony and misdemeanor search at the county seat court. Record searches can be conducted for a longer period of time based on client request and pursuant to federal and state laws. Information is obtained through in-person searches at the courthouse or by electronic access. Record contents typically include date of the offense, filing date, description of the offense, disposition, and case number. All 3100+ counties nationwide are available.


Statewide Criminal Search

This search comes directly from the state’s official criminal record repository. Information is compiled from the counties within that state. The repository typically includes felony and misdemeanor information from all or most counties; however, be aware that the repository information may be incomplete if a county fails to provide information to the state repository. In addition, pending and recent charges are routinely missing. Statewide searches are valuable as a supplement to our county criminal records search. Available in most states.


Federal Criminal Records

This is a search of the federal district courts for any criminal charges that fall under federal jurisdiction. These types of crimes include violations of federal law or those crimes that occur on federal property. Examples include tax evasion, treason, drug trafficking, mail or wire fraud, and immigration law violations. All districts nationwide are available.


National (Multi-Jurisdictional) Criminal Database Search

This is a database search for felony and misdemeanor crimes committed in numerous jurisdictions nationwide. Records are indexed from state repositories, state correctional facilities, county records and other additional sources. The availability of records varies greatly from state to state. This is not a true nationwide search of all criminal records, but it is a good supplemental search to our county criminal records search. It can also help identify crimes that occurred in jurisdictions that are not revealed by an application, resumé, or SSN Trace. Any information discovered in a database search is automatically confirmed at the county of origin before being released to the client in order to remain legally compliant.


Sex Offender Registry Search

This search includes a national database search of registered sex offenders. The search reveals individuals that are currently registered as sex offenders; the originating offense may be included depending on the state.  To obtain information about the originating case, we suggest conducting a county criminal records search where the original conviction occurred.  Available in all states.


Homeland Security Search

This product is a search of 137 domestic and international sanctions and exclusions lists, including the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. This search identifies known individuals or entities not allowed to work or do business with the United States. Our Homeland Security Search satisfies a key component of the USA Patriot Act.