National criminal database search
This search locates potential criminal records with its nationwide scope. A National Criminal Database Search draws from over 850 million records from thousands of jurisdictions, including counties, department of corrections (DOC), administrative office of courts (AOC), and offender registries from all 50 states, plus Washington DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
When a record is returned, we automatically confirm its accuracy with the originating source at the county or state courthouse.
The national criminal database search includes:
Criminal records from state record repositories and some county and township courts
Departments of correction and probation
Sex offender registries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam
Information from state-level agencies, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the FBI
Local, state and federal fugitive lists
Get potential records from beyond where a candidate lives.
Adding a national criminal database search to your background checks can help:
Identify jurisdictions on a broader scale where a person may have a criminal record
Search beyond states and counties where a candidate has worked, lived or attended school
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98% of National Criminal Database searches
are complete in <1 hour.
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.
More about the federal criminal history search ›
The turnaround time for our national criminal database search is a few minutes when no records are found. However, verification of records at the originating courthouse, agency, or registry may take 2 to 3 business days.