Understanding the 4 Types of Criminal Background Checks

Are you exposing your workers to a potentially dangerous situation or putting your company’s growth and stability at risk? Criminal background checks for new hires can help to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for all employees. But just as the offense and degree of crime varies, so does the extent and level of background screening. That is why it is important to understand the four different types of criminal background checks before you get started.

County Criminal

Being aware of any previous criminal charges or convictions on an applicant’s record can help you keep your workplace safe and make the right choices during your next hiring process. Misdemeanors and felonies originate at the county level. Consequently, this background check will provide the most up-to-date case records in that county. This search goes back a minimum of seven years.

Statewide Criminal

Depending on the state in which your business resides, our statewide search will also reveal felonies and misdemeanors at the state level and may even include reports of outstanding warrants and cases from other states. This thorough search also goes back a minimum of seven years.

Multi-State Criminal

For added peace of mind, Verify Protect can also help you find outstanding warrants and convictions across the country. We have access to a large multi-state crime database that includes more than 300 million criminal records across all 50 states, along with some international records reporting. This screening also includes a search through our sex offender database with more than 3.5 million pictures on-file.

Federal Criminal

The most serious criminal convictions out there are often at the federal level and may not show up in a county or even statewide search. Examples of some of these severe offenses include embezzlement, drug trafficking, and fraud. Our federal criminal screening service covers all 84 United States district courts with one easy search and allows you to get the whole picture of your job applicant’s criminal background. We also offer a flexible single district search to suit your company’s unique needs and budget.

In today’s violent and unpredictable world, there is no denying the importance of conducting criminal background checks on all new hires. Without them, you have no way of knowing what type of person you’re bringing aboard, and the possible risks involved. Is this a chance you’re willing to take? If not, Verify Protect is here to help! For more information on our pre-employment criminal background screening services, click here, or contact us today.


Who are you hiring? Since 1988, Verify Protect has been a leading provider of secure, digital employment screening services for companies looking to reduce the growing liabilities of negligent hiring and poor retention rates. Headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, we help both small and large companies across the nation to secure top talent and make solid hiring decisions by delivering advanced technology and accurate data reinforced by excellent customer service. 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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