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Learn what social media screening is all about. See the conversation between two industry experts.

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Learn the latest trends in employment background checks. This report uses real-life usage data to uncover how employers are screening across industries.

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Verified Credentials is a leading background screening company. Since 1984, we’ve helped validate and secure relationships through the use of our comprehensive screening solutions. We offer a wide variety of background checks, verifications, and innovative screening tools.

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Our accreditation confirms that our policies, processes, and employee training meet rigorous industry compliance standards.

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Federal criminal history search

Federal criminal background checks uncover federal crime case information from one of the 94 Federal District Courts nationwide.

Verified Credentials offers a specific federal district search or a search of all federal districts in a state or multiple states.

Federal searches are ideal for:

  • Employees with access to secure or financial information

  • C-level executives

  • CPAs

  • Financial and banking staff

  • Public sector employees

Federal checks can reveal:

  • White-collar crimes

  • Fraud

  • Embezzlement

  • Tax evasion

  • Capital punishments

  • Robbery

  • Kidnapping

  • Illegal sale of firearms

  • Pornographic exploitation of children

The difference between "national" and "federal" in background checks

You don’t want to wrongly identify what service will get you the background information needed.  We have seen some employers have difficulty deciphering labels for a few searches in particular, best summed up with a central question.

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89% of federal criminal history checks

are complete in <1 day.

Frequently asked questions

While they may sound the same, these two types of searches are distinct.

  • Federal criminal searches report information from federal district courts and contain only specific high-level, white-collar crimes and crimes that cross state lines.

  • The National Criminal Database compiles information from thousands of sources at the county, state and federal levels.

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Federal crimes are tried at the highest level of the government for the commission or omission of an act defined by Federal statute or regulation having legislative authority with Congress. County criminal searches identify crimes against local laws, which include more common criminal offenses.

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White-collar crimes include cases involving capital punishments, fraud and embezzlement. Crimes such as tax evasion, robbery, kidnapping, illegal sale of firearms, pornographic exploitation of children, and intrastate crimes are also classified as white collar. These types of crimes are typically found only in a federal criminal search.

Find serious offenses at federal district courts.

Dig up details on white-collar crimes and serious offenses only found in federal court records.

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