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Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction
Criminal Records Database Search

Service Summary

ESR offers a comprehensive multi-state/multi-jurisdiction criminal records database search, commonly and incorrectly referred to by some in the industry as a “national criminal records search.” Although the information is sourced from public records information from all 50 states, the depth and breadth varies widely. Information from state A might be comprehensive and relatively up to date while information from state B may only include state prison incarceration records representing a small subset of total convictions. There are issues of timeliness to consider as well with some information only being updated on a quarterly or semiannual basis.

Because of the nature of these non-governmental aggregated databases, the appearance of a person's name on a database is not an indication the person is criminal any more than the absence of a name shows they are not – a lack of a match is not the same as a person being "cleared." ESR verifies potentially relevant matches by reviewing the actual court records before including them in a background check report. Failure to do so is a violation of the FCRA. The advantage of these searches is that they cover a much larger geographical area than traditional county-level searches and are appropriately used as an additional layer of due diligence to locate criminal records that may relate to the subject. However, they should never be used on a standalone basis.

ESR Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is pleased to offer the most comprehensive Multi-State/Multi-Jurisdiction Criminal Records Database Search currently available. The advantage of these searches is that they cover a much larger geographical area than traditional county-level searches.

Report on "National" Criminal History Databases

A November 2002 report by Carl R. Ernst and ESR Founder and CEO Les Rosen.

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