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Criminal Background Checks

Criminals are much more likely to commit another crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 67.5% of convicted criminals were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years. Performing a criminal background check on your candidates can help prevent your company from being affected by these kinds of statistics. Since the U.S. Justice System doesn't have a centralized source of the most recent data available, HireRight goes right to the sources to find or confirm potential hits. See below for more details.


National Criminal Search

National Criminal Search

Why Choose This Search?

Get the quickest background check results when no criminal record is found

Ensure FCRA compliance – HireRight Express only shows reportable records

Background check a group of candidates before another hiring step

Details of this Search

A database search of over 190 million records is performed looking for criminal records on your applicant using Name and Date of Birth. Next, we conduct a more detailed local-level confirmation search on any results found and report any felony or misdemeanor records within the last 7 years. This two-step process gives you a fast response when no match is found, and if we do report a record, the information is timely, accurate and complete. With our database search, you'll have the added reassurance of knowing that both you and HireRight are following state and federal compliance laws.

Data Sources

State Departments of Corrections, Administrative Office of the Courts, various county courthouses, Office of Foreign Asset Control, and Terrorist Watchlists


Criminal Felony and Misdemeanor Search

Criminal Felony and Misdemeanor Search

Why Choose This Search?

Search past addresses for likely locations of any criminal activity

Identify high-risk behavior and help protect your company and employees

View offense details

Details of this Search

With access to more than 3,400 misdemeanor and felony courts throughout the United States, you’ll know if there are felonies or misdemeanors in your applicant’s history.

Results indicating a criminal background are communicated in an easy to read format and are only reported once HireRight has conducted a thorough investigation confirming that the record belongs to the correct applicant and that it is reportable to employers.

Data Sources

County and local jurisdictions across the United States


Federal Criminal Search

Federal Criminal Search

Why Choose This Search?

Look for crimes not found in county records such as:

Identity theft

Hate crimes

Bank, mail, or internet fraud

Cybercrime

Help protect your company’s assets

Details of this Search

The Federal Criminal Search searches federal districts for crimes that occurred on federal property and/or violate federal laws, such as tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, immigration law violations, postal offenses and other offenses that are prosecuted federally.

This search is commonly used by companies for applicants who will have access to company records or funds.

Data Sources

Databases containing records of Federal Jurisdictions


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