How does do a Criminal Records Check in USA?

County Criminal Records Check performs direct searches of county court records. Results include felony and misdemeanor criminal cases as well as charges, disposition, dates, and sentencing information.

National Criminal Records Check 

This check scours over 30 million records and is run concurrently with the county criminal records check.

Global Watch List Check 

This check searches known domestic and international terrorist watch lists as well as the records of the office of Inspector General (OIG), Excluded Parties List (EPL), and additional domestic and international agency lists.

Sex Offender Registry Check searches registries for every state. In certain states, the information publicly available does not include all registered sex offenders and may not include all out-of-state sex offenders, depending on variations in state law.

Review & Activation reviews the background checks in compliance with applicable law before determining whether such applicants should be activated to use the platform.


As discussed on the previous page, when it comes to screening, every system has its flaws. That is because no background system in the U.S. is one hundred percent accurate. This is true even of fingerprint-based background checks.

For example:

The National Instant Criminal Background Check (“NICS”) system used to approve or deny potential gun buyers is often incomplete. This is because each state has different rules on what records to keep, how to store them, and what to report to the NICS. Each state passes different laws that restrict the information made available through the background check process. For example, California’s Live Scan database is made available to screen people working with the elderly, disabled, or children. Despite this, California’s Live Scan system does not report all criminal history and is often incomplete.

Furthermore, the FBI is not a complete source of all criminal history records in the United States. According to the Washington Post, the outcomes of many criminal cases often are not released.

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