A criminal history check helps to ensure that you’re hiring the right employee and creating a safe working environment. In addition, including this search on your background check will reduce risks, protect your organizations’ assets and reputation, reduce on-the-job incidents, and prevent lawsuits, fines, and fees.
By providing employers with the knowledge of an applicant's criminal history, they can make a more informed and safer hiring decision. A criminal history check reveals detailed information regarding an individual’s county, state, and federal criminal history. Each record varies by the type of information it searches for and the results that are returned.
Each year DISA fulfills millions of background check items through our system. As an industry leading background check provider, we ensure our customers' workplaces are safer, and their hiring decisions are made with the most accurate and impactful information available.
County background checks, or county criminal history search results, include information about criminal cases filed only in the county ordered. This is where you’ll find the most up-to-date case information as counties are where criminal cases begin. Depending on the county, reports may not have a quick turnaround time, which can cause delays with the reporting process.
State background checks, or statewide criminal history search results, include information as reported to a state by counties within the state. This type of background check helps determine where criminal history information may exist and is not considered a primary source. This information should always be verified at the county level, and not all states have statewide databases that are accessible to Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs).
Statewide databases that are accessible and complete:
States that DO NOT have databases accessible to Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs):
States that have some challenges with their databases:
Federal background checks, or federal criminal history search results, include criminal court record information that can be accessed via one or more of the 94 U.S. Federal District courts across the United States. These searches are conducted online at Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) which is a Federal government website that’s updated in real-time.
Results that reveal violations of federal law include:
*This is not a nationwide search of state court records.
When conducting criminal history checks, DISA uses a grading scale ranging from 0 to 7 with each number corresponding to a category of offenses as it pertains to consortium (site access) background orders. This grade will only be known by the employee, his or her employer, and the TPA performing the background screen. Background screen grade definitions are as follows: