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County - Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Anne Arundel County, Maryland 

Home to Annapolis, the state capitol, Anne Arundel County in Maryland is a dense and steadily growing region with a population of approximately 588,000 people. Nearby counties include Baltimore, Calvert, Kent, Howard, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot. Major employers in Anne Arundel County include Northrop Grumman and Southwest Airlines.

Close to both Annapolis and the independent city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel County frequently attracts regional jobseekers with its diverse employment environment. Business owners should expect to handle a larger number of applications from individuals hailing from all around the state. They will need to rely on more than a traditional job interview to gather the information necessary for safe hiring.

Finding that data requires turning to legal methods for examining the public records available to employers for hiring purposes. Such data typically includes criminal history information. While the presence of a criminal record should not be an automatic barrier to employment, assessing its relevancy, recency, and severity will allow businesses to make an informed decision about whether to trust an applicant.

Online background checks make it easy to acquire that information, even if you are in the middle of a major hiring sprint. Use local criminal history data from Anne Arundel County first to see if an applicant has experienced legal trouble within your community. Next, consider that your applicant may have records in previous places of residence and expand your search to include the rest of Maryland and other states.

While this process is highly useful, it is not without restrictions. There are several local regulations that govern the way that you can use background checks in Maryland.

As of 2020, Maryland has enacted a state-wide “ban the box” rule applicable to all private employers of 15 or more people. This law prohibits the use of background checks before an employer conducts a first official job interview. Exceptions apply to organizations that work with children and the vulnerable. These rules stack on top of federal fair hiring legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the FCRA.

If you have interviewed a candidate and you’re ready to get started on the vetting process, you can purchase a county-level criminal record report from for local results. To include the rest of Maryland and its border states, choose the US OneSEARCH next. These search products can provide essential insights rapidly, enabling you to proceed quickly with hiring. 

Data related to pending and active prosecution may change as court actions move forward, and highly recent changes may not always appear in online databases. For the most recent updates on an active case in the court system, ask about our onsite courthouse record searches. We send a courthouse runner to obtain direct access to the most current daily records available and provide results to you within three business days.

These services use information provided by state and local authorities unaffiliated with Criminal history reports from our US OneSEARCH include data from the:

  • Maryland Admin Office of the Courts – Misdemeanor and felony records from 1999-present 

These reports can include the subject’s:

  • Name
  • Offense/Charge
  • Sentence
  • Disposition


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