1 Start with a multi-jurisdictional instant criminal database search

Our criminal database with criminal records offers you the #1 criminal conviction database in the industry*. Other firms might give you information that is a mile deep but only an inch wide when you order a background check. At backgroundchecks.com our cost-effective database search options offer your organization the best way to instantly expand your coverage with a better chance of finding any criminal record information on your subject.

To help you detect fraudulent use of social security numbers, we’ll also validate your subject’s social security number (SSN) at no charge to you, if you provide us their SSN when you order an instant criminal database search.

interactive coverage map

Click on the map to access our interactive coverage pages to get detailed descriptions of the state, county, and local sources in our database.

US AliasSEARCH — A search of our database for the primary and other names (such as maiden names, previously married names, middle names used as first names, nicknames and aliases) found in a name and address history.

US OneSEARCH — A search of our proprietary criminal database that contains over 650 million criminal conviction records.

Ongoing Criminal Monitoring — On a monthly basisbackgroundcheceks.com will screen your current employees through our US OneSearch database.

2 Supplement with direct searches at specific courts

We’ll help you choose the most appropriate courthouses. As soon as you enter the subject's social security number, we will in real time and at no charge to you run a name and address history search behind the scenes and recommend what county, state and federal jurisdictions you should consider ordering based on the last seven years of your subject’s address history.

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County-level criminal record search Most felony and misdemeanor cases are filed in county courts, so county criminal record searches are one of the most powerful sources for uncovering criminal records.

State-level criminal record searches A statewide search may yield information from multiple counties in a given state that report into the repository, useful for discovering crimes outside of the immediate area in which the subject lives or works. Not all counties in every state report to statewide repositories and some counties are inconsistent in their reporting.

Federal level criminal record search A federal criminal search is conducted by ordering individual US District Court indices in much the same way as a county criminal history. Crimes reported in a federal criminal record include only those offenses that are federally prosecuted (violations of federal law as enforced by the FBI, DEA, ATF) as opposed to local and state law. Federal criminal records are not available at the county or state level.

3 Add any role-specific reports or verifications

While the searches above create a solid criminal background check, some positions require scrutiny of other aspects of a person’s past and the claims they make on their resume or job application. backgroundchecks.com can help you vet those people by providing a series of additional reports and verification searches.

Additional Services

Besides the search for criminal records, some organizations complement a background check with other searches to judge how the subject's vehicle use and financial history might affect the subject's suitability for the organization.


The US OneTRACE search provides a name and address history based upon the social security number, first and last name. The report returns all names and addresses associated with the given SSN.

Driving Record

A driving record or motor vehicle report covers driving records both commercial (CDL) and non-commercial (non-CDL) driving records in any of the 50 states or DC, providing instant results where available. These reports can include records that indicate a revoked license, accidents, and minor traffic violations.

Drug Screening

Our industry-leading online report ordering and retrieval system offers a single-source background screening and drug testing solution.

Civil Court Searches:

County Civil Search

Civil history records provide information about claims, suits and judgments filed by or against the subject.

Federal Civil Search
Federal civil records are searched at an appropriate US District Court. Cases are typically related to interstate commerce, violations of civil rights, issues involving the Federal government, financial institutions, etc..

Financial Records:

Credit Report

Credit report from one of the credit bureaus includes public records, collection accounts, current or previous delinquent accounts, and total indebtedness. Credit reports do not include credit scores and are for employment purposes ONLY.

Bankruptcy Report

A search for any bankruptcy associated with an applicant that is recorded in any US bankruptcy court. The information returned may include: case or file number, date filed, type of bankruptcy (i.e. Chapter 11, Chapter 7, etc.), discharge dates and names listed as petitioners.

What's next?

Any business that expects to need more than one or two background checks per year can benefit from our bundle-pricing, offering discounts on our standard rates if multiple searches are prepaid.

Customers get access to a suite of over a dozen types of background checks, including individual components of our flagship US OneSEARCH product (which searches over 650 million criminal records in our database). We have US based customer service teams ready to explain background checks to you and if needed help you understand the criminal reports.

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* Based on a comparison of the number of sources of conviction data for online criminal conviction databases that make their source list publicly available.