Oct 27, 2016


3rd Degree Screening uses a National Criminal Database has a SUPPLEMENTAL search when performing a comprehensive background check. 3rd Degree Screening would NEVER recommend the national criminal database has a basis of a thorough criminal background check especially for Wisconsin employers. The purpose of the national criminal database is to find records from jurisdictions not searched from an applicant’s previous jurisdictions of residency or jurisdictions found in the Social Security Trace.

For example, 3rd Degree Screening recently verified a FELONY theft charge on an applicant in a jurisdiction they did not disclose to the employer nor was the jurisdiction found in the social security trace information.

3rd Degree Screening was able to verify this record because the record was found using a National Criminal Database. 3rd Degree Screenings verification specialists physical look and inspect each possible record that comes back in the National Criminal Database search. Once the verification specialist determined the record needed further research, 3rd Degree Screening sent the information to our court researcher in the jurisdiction where the record would be located. Our researcher in the jurisdiction was able to confirm it was the applicant we were looking for by verifying the full name, DOB, address, and last 4 digits of the social security number to the record on file.

The example you just read above is a great reason why it’s important to use a National Criminal Database search as a supplemental search to a comprehensive background check.

Every day 3rd Degree Screening runs a National Criminal Database search and receives “no records found” as a result. Since 3rd Degree Screening performs comprehensive background checks we find criminal records at the court level (county) that are not found in National Criminal Database.

For example, 3rd Degree Screening recently verified multiple misdemeanor criminal records on an applicant based out of Wisconsin. These records included misdemeanors such as operating while under the influence and possession of meth. Employers may think this information would have been found in the National Criminal Database…It was not. If this employer would have only conducted the National Criminal Database search, it would not have had all the information needed to determine employment for the applicant within their company.

If you are a Wisconsin employer and only using a National Criminal Database search, you need to know what information from the state of Wisconsin is being reported in the National Database search. Even if a record is found in the National Criminal Database it is important to verify the record from the original source, which is typically at the court (county) level. If you are not having the record verified from the source you are putting yourself at risk of not being FCRA compliant. If you believe your background check company is verifying the record you should confirm they are. Has a rule of thumb, if you are receiving results instantly with records, it is more than likely these results are not being verified.

Wisconsin Nationwide Criminal Database Criminal Source List

About 3rd Degree Screening, Inc.

3rd Degree Screening, Inc., is a full-service, background check and drug testing firm located in Council Bluffs, IA. We are a proven leader in the industry with over 18 year’s experience working with nonprofits, government agencies, property managers and businesses of all sizes. We offer a centralized resource to companies who utilize applicant tracking systems, background checks, and drug testing their applicants. 3rd Degree Screening, Inc. is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.

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