IMPORTANCE OF A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKFight the urge to skip the process of running a criminal background check on your next roommate just because your bills are long overdue or you’re eager to start saving for your ski trip in Aspen. Well, we think you should know the importance of it before you hop on that ski lift.
- For your protection.
- Safeguard your property.
- To verify an applicant’s information.
- A better pool of applicants.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SERVICESChoosing what service you need can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. Each website offers its own tiers of service. They can run the most basic to more comprehensive criminal searches. Our advice, in this case, is to try to assess what’s really important for you to know to save time, money and effort. But never settle for anything less than you deserve. Here’s a rough idea of what information may include in these services:
Basic Background Check
- Social Security Trace – verify someone’s identity. This search not only confirms their name but also returns any additional names, aliases, and address. The trace will validate the year and state in which the Social Security Administration issued the number which could be useful in uncovering potentially fraudulent social security numbers.
- Sex Offender Registry – most jurisdictions require any individual convicted of a sexually related crime to register with the county he/she resides in. Some website can assist in searching an applicant against these databases to ensure the individual is not a convicted sex offender.
- Terrorist Watch List – checks multiple databases for names and alias of anyone known to be, or reasonably suspected of being, involved in terrorism or assisting terrorist.
- National Sex Offender – checks to ensure the individual is not a convicted sex offender. Most jurisdictions require any individual convicted of a sexually related crime to register with the county he/she resides in.
- National Criminal – check comprised records obtained from the state Department of Corrections and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Comprehensive Background CheckUsually include searches mentioned in the basic background check plus:
- Federal level – checks to see if a person was tried by the United States government in a U.S. District Court.
- State Level – checks upper- and lower-level county courthouse records across the entire state.
- Country Level – checks county courthouse records across the county.
LIMITATION OF BACKGROUND CHECK RESULTThe National Criminal Database is a “third party” database which comprises records obtained from the state Department of Corrections and the Administrative Office of the Courts. These database systems are dependent upon getting their data from the individual state and county jurisdictions. A lot of individual states and counties do not update their data to the national system on a regular basis and some do not do it all. That’s why this type of search just isn’t enough. Coverage details are available at Trudiligence.com You also have to know that criminal record searches generally go back as far as 7 to 10 years in certain states. Therefore, the criminal background check result you obtain may be limited depending on what state you live in. Just be aware that you might not capture all of the criminal offenses a person have past a certain period of time. Nonetheless, any information you can get about your future roommate is better than nothing.
COST OF A BACKGROUND CHECKConducting a criminal background check for your personal purposes can get expensive. The cost of a background check varies depending on how much is being investigated. Just look at the price breakdown below.
- SSN verification and sex offender- $10 per name/alias
- County court criminal background check- $0-$35 per county
- Statewide criminal background check- $10-$67 per state
- Most national background checks usually cost $25-$45