The Ins and Outs of a Civil Records Search

When considering a potential new employee, a good place to start is screening for past civil cases and judgements, to ensure trustworthiness. While civil convictions can result in fines or even jail time, they are not considered criminal in nature and will not show up on a Criminal Background Check. As such, certain civil convictions may affect your hiring decision, because they can speak greatly to a job applicant’s judgment and values. That is why we recommend adding a thorough Civil Records Search to your employment screening process, with the help of VerifyProtect. Read on for the ins and outs of a Civil Records Search.

What a Civil Records Search Includes

A Civil Records Search search through VerifyProtect involves a thorough and comprehensive screening of a job applicant’s civil records at the local and federal level, including:

  • County lower courts (typically small claims)
  • County upper courts (larger civil court filings)
  • County combined courts (a combined search of upper and lower filings)
  • Federal single district (a search conducted at a single U.S. District Court within a federal judicial district)

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help walk you through the process and tell you everything you need to know before getting started. Simply click here to get in touch with our team of experts.

What to Expect from a Civil Records Search

There are a number of discoveries that a Civil Records Search may reveal about a job applicant. For example, it could show past bankruptcies, bank liens, and other civil cases brought forth against your potential new hire. A Civil Records Search could also uncover past lawsuits brought forth against an applicant by a previous employer, and vice versa (a Civil Records Search shows results, regardless of whether the individual was the defendant or plaintiff), which is certainly information you’d want to be aware of before choosing to hire somebody! On the other hand, a Civil Records Search may also bring to light FAA certifications or other registrations an applicant may hold (which can be an important part of the verification process for certain types of jobs). 

Of course, conducting a Civil Records Search is only the beginning. By being informed of not only past civil issues, but also major criminal convictions, you can avoid unnecessary risks and enjoy greater peace of mind when on-boarding new employees. At VerifyProtect, we offer a wide range of Employment Screening Services, including Criminal Background Checks at county, state, and federal levels, Drug Testing and Physicals, and Driver’s Records, as well as Employment and Education, Government and Specialty, and Credit and Social Security Verifications. Visit verifyprotect.com to learn more, and contact us today for help with your business.


VerifyProtect delivers first class Employee Background Screening services nationwide. We save you time with fast, personal service and unquestionable results, utilizing advanced technology, and reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot. Our experts will ensure that your background check program integrates seamlessly and affordably into your hiring process. Visit WWW.VERIFYPROTECT.COM today to learn more!

Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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