Criminal records

Criminal Records

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Criminal Records

Performing thorough criminal records searches will show you any and all infractions and convictions your applicant may have. These services allow companies to identify any potential undesirable applicants with past criminal behavior. and avoid unnecessary risk in the workplace. This information can highlight acts of irresponsibility, violence, fraud and, or deviance and give companies insight into a candidates character.

Quality, compliance and faster turnaround

Active Screening conducts more than 85% of our criminal research in-house with less than 15% going to our 3rd party court runners. What does this mean to you?

  • Full service national provider – that you can trust
  • Quality in-depth research – at everyday low rates
  • Court document retrieval & analysis – going beyond industry standards
  • On-time delivery of sensitive background data – 26 hours average turnaround

Many screening providers have opted to run “lights-out” by outsourcing all their criminal research to 3rd parties or call centers in India.  ”Lights-out” providers rely on their sales and relationships to convince you they are the experts, but do you want your background screening company outsourcing criminal research? The main disadvantages to a ”lights-out or outsourced approach” is the loss of quality control and timeliness of results, and an increased potential for missed records.  Active Screening uses a “hands-on approach.”.

Criminal Background Check Packages One Court Smart Court Full Court
SSN Verification & Address History Trace Check Check Check
National Criminal Database Search Check Check Check
National Sex Offender Registries & OFAC Check Check Check
National Database Re-Verification Check Check Check
(Current Residence) Criminal Search Check Check Check
(7 Year Residence) County Criminal Search Check Check
(7 Year Residence) Federal Criminal Search Check

County Criminal Records Search

This service is a name check for any criminal history (Felony and misdemeanors where available), at the county level. Based on the current address or zip codes that an applicant provides and in conjunction with the addresses found from the address history trace, counties to be searched are established. These search requests are fulfilled either through an extensive national network of researchers, or by utilizing direct access to county court records. The standard county criminal search period is 7 years. Mandatory court fees are charged separately.

Statewide Criminal Records Search

This service is a name check for any criminal history at the state level repositories. Not all states are available, and the completeness of the records varies per state repository. Mandatory court fees are charged separately.

National Criminal Database Search

This service includes an FCRA Compliance Verification for positive matches, using a name & date of birth search of a national criminal database. This national database search is a comprehensive database providing access to the largest source of criminal data available, including millions of offense records and FBI Most Wanted/Terrorist Watch Lists search. The national search is a valuable information resource that may discover convictions in counties not identified in a Social Security Trace or Credit History Report.

National Sex Offender Registries Search & OFAC

National database search of all 50 states sexual offender and violent offender lists (SOR). This service includes an Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) search.

National Database Re-Verification

Active Screening re-verifies any derogatory information found on the national database search, according to FCRA section 613, to assure you that you have received the correct information about a candidate; at no additional cost to you.

Federal Criminal Records

This search is a name check for any criminal history at the Federal District repositories (federal crimes).

7 Year Residence Criminal Search

This criminal search package automatically selects the counties and/or federal districts to be searched based on the ssn based address history trace. A typical applicant will have 2-3 residence addresses in a 7 year scope. Mandatory court fees are charged separately.

If you select one of our packages, you may also consider add driving, credit, education or employment verification, etc. Contact us for assistance with building a custom package.


Active ScreeningBarbara S.
Healthcare Industry

"Here at Holland Hospital, we have been extremely pleased with Active Screening. The report results come back quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.  The staff at Active Screening is easy accessible, knowledgeable and responds to our questions promptly."

Active ScreeningLynn C. Staffing Industry

"Benton Mobley has been and remains my Main point of contact at Active Screening from the beginning; so aside from the comfort of dealing with the same person all these years, there is the most important fact of all;  customer satisfaction. Benton knows the business like the back of his hand; and that is what we need in our fast paced industry of staffing. He is the all-time BEST!  MY employer, Leslie, believes in the notion that great service deserves to be rewarded, so we are here for the duration.We get immediate and personalized attention for any and all concerns we need addressed, and in the staffing industry, this is vital."

Active ScreeningCayce R. Education Industry

"My experience working with Active Screening for our background check process has been very positive.  The reports are almost always completed in a very timely fashion. The information reported appears to be very thorough and accurate.  On the rare occasions that we have questions or problems, the customer service team is always very quick to respond and resolve the issue.  Overall, I am very pleased with the service I receive from Active Screening."

Active ScreeningCraig H. Staffing Industry

"Your customer service is excellent.  The turn around time on background checks is quite fast.  Excellent work.  I haven't had a single problem."

Active ScreeningJackie C. Education Industry

"I wanted to thank you and your staff for being so patient and working so diligently with the Human Resources staff during our recent endeavor to process all of our work study students through background screenings.  We have never had to process so many requests within such a short period of time before, but thanks to you and your staff we made it. Again thank you, we made a good choice in selecting Active Screening."

Active ScreeningLindsey W.  Financial Industry

"I wanted to share my appreciation for your wonderful service...switching background screening companies could have been a stressful task, but your company made the transition seamless. Your website was extremely easy to navigate and the turn around time has been great. I appreciate when information is missing or entered incorrectly during ordering, your company notifies me right away to ensure that my error does not hold the reports results, causing us a delay in hiring an individual...Active Screening has been great to us and I would definitely refer them to others."

Active ScreeningTerry S. Property Management

"Working with Active Screening over the last year and half has been a wonderful experience. They deliver fast and informative results at the best price. Their level of professionalism and the speed they respond to our issues is a benefit that any company can value from. I would highly recommend using Active Screening and their amazing team."

Active ScreeningYulesis D.  Staffing Industry

“Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) has more than 2,000 employees at multiple locations across the United States. IRT has been using Active Screening to conduct criminal background checks since 2006. During this time, Active Screening has consistently returned accurate reports, usually with less than 48 hours turnaround. If there are any problems or inconsistencies with the reports, their staff has called to notify us so that we can attempt to rectify the situation. The staff at Active Screening is always courteous and congenial over the phone. In our opinion, Active Screening is outstanding.”

Active ScreeningAndy N. Software Provider

 "Active Screening has helped us screen our applicants in record time for more than two years.... we are very impressed with the professionalism and speed with which their service team responds to our questions. They understand our needs and are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them."

Active ScreeningCassie J. Staffing Industry

"The Active Screening team is very informative; they provided a complete consultation on all the services, so I understood what I needed, and saved me hours and hours of my time learning the various services. Their reputation, as being on the cutting edge of employment screening best practices, certainly held true in this instance. The expertise they brought to the table was invaluable to our understanding of our applicants backgrounds. I highly recommend Active Screening to anyone with the task of screening large numbers of applicants and needing reliable customer support."

Active Screening

With over 20 years of law enforcement experience I can attest to the fact that the strongest predictor of future criminal behavior is a person’s criminal history. As the manager of campus safety at my church, I depend on Active Screening to provide a thorough assessment of every criminal history background check we request. For more than 3 years, Active Screening has been faithful to this task with timely, accurate and reliable service.

Active Screening

We have benefited from knowing that we are not exposing the communities we work with or ourselves to unnecessary risk. We continue to have a perfect record in that we have never had a serious incident with a trip participant causing harm or acting inappropriately with any community member or fellow team member- thank goodness!

Active Screening

I would highly recommend any association or organization who conducts background checks to use Active Screening. In addition to my involvement with WAHA, I am an officer in a corporation with over 500 employees who provide treatment, mental health, and correctional services for children and adolescents. Our company is mandated by law to do comprehensive background searches and I can say with the utmost sincerity that Active Screening product rivals that of any government or other private sector process.

Active Screening

We have used Active Screening and their solution VERITY to screen all our coaches and volunteers working with youth. The online system gives us an easy and cost-effective solution to collecting forms and payments from our applicants...and we simply login to view the results of who passed or failed. It's so easy....thank you Active Screening.