ESR Criminal Insight


ESR’s Criminal Insight encompasses millions of records to expand the reach of your background screening program.  

The ESR Criminal Insight search is a broad multi-state/multi-jurisdiction criminal database search and consists of criminal records, state level sex offender records and national and international watch lists.  

Information is sourced from public records information from all 50 states, but, the depth and breadth of criminal information varies widely.  This search is commonly and incorrectly referred to by some in the industry as a “national criminal records search”. 

The advantage of this search is that it covers a much larger geographical area than traditional county-level criminal searches and are appropriately used as an additional layer of due diligence to locate criminal records that may relate to the subject. 

The disadvantage is that available criminal information varies significantly from state to state as do the frequency of updates.  For example, in some states, the only criminal records included are prison incarceration records which represent a small percentage of total convictions. 

This search should only be used as a companion search to other criminal search options to identify jurisdictions to search for records that are not associated with a residential, work or school address which can be more difficult to locate.  

What’s is Searched?

A variety of criminal, sex offender, traffic records, and global sanctions that might be related to the subject of the search.  Unless and until the possible is match is verified at the source jurisdiction, the information cannot be legally used, nor can ESR legally report it.


ESR verifies all possible matches by reviewing the primary source (custodian of the record) before including them in a background check report. Failure to do so is a violation of the FCRA.  

ESR Supports Responsible Use of Criminal Records Databases

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a member of Concerned CRAs, a group of like-minded Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) with more than 200 members dedicated to consumer protection. CRAs that participate in Concerned CRAs pledge to verify the accuracy of information provided and avoid offshoring the personal information of Americans.

Members of Concerned CRAs believe that criminal records databases are valuable sources of information if used in a responsible manner and have certified that their practices conform to the Concerned CRAs guidelines:

When using criminal records in databases in the context of employment-related screening, exclusive of the screening of volunteers, tenants, and other non-employment relationships:

  1. Criminal records databases compiled by non-government entities will only be used as indicators of possible records. Prior to making any report to an employer about a criminal record from a database, the CRA will verify the information directly with the reporting jurisdiction. This ensures that employers make decisions based on accurate and up-to-date information.
  2. Current or prospective employer clients will be provided information about the limited nature of criminal records databases and the importance of researching each applicant’s criminal history in the jurisdictions in which the applicant currently or previously has lived or worked.

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