Broward County, Florida

The second most populous Florida county, Broward maintains a population of 1.9 million, making it a significant contributor to the regional economy. Broward shares borders with Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Collier, and Hendry counties and forms the northern portion of the Miami metropolitan area. Its economy incorporates tourism, technology, and retail, including regionally-significant employers AutoNation, Citrix, and Spirit Airlines. 

Businesses based in Broward can quickly fill open positions thanks to the area’s high density and very mobile population, which is accustomed to commuting. However, those same attributes and the county’s unique position in a sprawling metropolitan area mean that businesses must take extra care in hiring to avoid potential exposure to risks, legal and otherwise.  

Thorough pre-employment screening steps can help employers to disqualify unsuitable candidates and properly vet applicants who may be a good fit. With a county-level background check, beginning the screening process is fast and easy. After exploring the insights offered in such a report, employers can request data from nearby counties such as Palm Beach and Miami-Dade. Without this information, employers can mistakenly overlook relevant convictions that occurred outside of Broward county. 

This useful strategy can deliver the details that employers need for safe, smart hiring, but its use requires care: do not increase your exposure to unfair hiring claims in the process of lowering your risk of a negligent hire. While there are no “ban the box” rules in Florida, employers must still abide by federal law such as the FCRA, with policies that include obtaining consent from each applicant before ordering a background check. 

Once these entities have a compliant vetting strategy in place, offers both businesses and nonprofits the opportunity to take a deep dive on a subject’s criminal history. Our county-level background checks provide an excellent first look at an applicant’s record while an instant US OneSEARCH fills in the blanks with information provided by Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Collier, and Hendry counties. 

Instant background checks such as our US OneSEARCH rely on information maintained in databases controlled by state and local authorities, not Local officials may periodically update the information held in these systems, so data is subject to change. For the most up-to-date view of an applicant’s history, select our on-site search services. We dispatch a runner directly to the local courthouse to search for and procure the relevant records. Results for these searches are available within 1-3 days.  

US OneSEARCH background checks use information from systems that include the: 

  • Florida Department of Corrections – Record from 1989-present, updated monthly
  • Florida Sex Offender Registry – Records from 1998-present, updated monthly 
  • Broward County Court – Records from 1980-present, updated bi-weekly

A criminal history report may include the subject’s: 

  • Name
  • Arrest Date
  • Charges
  • Sentence
  • Disposition

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