So, just how do you look up criminal records?
The best way to determine where your applicant has lived from an Address History Search. This is based on their Social Security Number and uses information from the credit reporting agencies as well as numerous other resources to develop a complete history of residency, or their “address of record.”
Each address will have the County identified, and a County Criminal Record search can be completed for the appropriate counties. Our system automatically orders the appropriate County Criminal Searches without any additional data entry.
It is a reasonable to look at all the counties from the address of record for criminal records, a practice that will maintain the integrity of the due diligence process if the background report becomes a legal issue. A complete and legally recognized background check will always include all counties from the “address of record.” Not doing so invalidates the report, and the expenditure for a background check is wasted.