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Criminal History Screening

An estimated 28% of American adults have a criminal record and negligent hiring costs US businesses almost $20 billion annually, with employers facing up to $1.6 million in damages if found liable by jury.

GIS' criminal history screening solutions help you protect your organization from the risks associated with negligent hiring, internal theft, and unsafe working environments. We will physically or electronically search courthouse records at the county, state and federal levels to uncover a criminal history. When a record is located, GIS will provide you the following information in an easy-to-read format:

  • Level of the record
  • How the record was verified (name, DOB, SSN)
  • Case number
  • Offense
  • Disposition and disposition date (where applicable)

GIS has worked hard to improve our criminal history screening process to decrease turnaround time while maintaining high record quality. As part of this, we have invested in new VeriCourt automated jurisdiction screening technology, allowing GIS to access the same information as in a physical search but with a turnaround time of as little as one hour in some areas. Plus, GIS offers advanced auto-development technology for criminal history search jurisdiction development and order placement.

County Criminal History

County criminal history searches are some of the most comprehensive sources for uncovering criminal records. These criminal searches can go back at least 7 years based on where the applicant has lived or worked (using names provided by the applicant or developed from other sources), and include felonies and misdemeanors where applicable.

State Criminal History

A statewide search will yield information for all counties in a given state, useful for discovering crimes outside of the immediate area where the applicant lives or works. While all counties report to the state level, there can be instances where a conviction has been recorded at the county level, but not elevated to the state level. In those instances, you can decide to conduct a county or multi-county criminal history search.

Federal Criminal History

Crimes reported in a federal criminal record include only those offenses that are violations of federal law (as opposed to local and state law). Federal violations will generally not appear in either a county or statewide criminal check and offenses can include kidnapping, drug trafficking, interstate transportation of stolen goods, bank robbery, and embezzlement.