This may seem like a strange thing for a background check company to be writing about. A background check company that usually gets paid to conduct background checks and investigations, but we are confident in our expertise and believe that informing our customers is part of good business.
There are some basic pieces of information you need to know about you subject before you conduct your investigation. I will list these below as “must have” and “good to have”.
- Name (including middle initial)
- Date of Birth
- Area where the subject lives (precise address is the best)
Good to have:
- Social security number
- Previous addresses
- Aliases including maiden name
Starting with the subjects name and area where they live the first thing you can do is to conduct a criminal record search. You can go to the Free Public Records section on our website at Crimcheck.com. Scroll down to the state where the subject lives and look for the county where they reside as well. Most counties will have a website where you can go and check to see if a person has a criminal record. Not all counties in the United States are online so you may have to do a bit of searching to find the information you are looking for. Google is a great resource for finding this information. If you do not know the exact county where your subject lives then you can use this county locator.
Motor Vehicle Records
Motor vehicle or driving records can be very complicated to get. In many cases you can not get them without a signed release from the subject you are requesting the record on. For the most part these records cost money as well. It depends on which state you are requesting them from on what hoops you need to jump through to obtain the records. Crimcheck.com has a list of department of motor vehicles on our website. You will need to contact each state to determine what you have to do to in order to get the records. If you are hiring a nanny or domestic help you should be able to get a signed release with little effort on the subject. The cost should also be negligible as well. You may want to take a look at the DPPA (the driver privacy protection act) before obtaining these records. As with any background check you conduct for the purposes of employment legislation can be your biggest hurdle.
Oh boy, credit reports! This is an area that can get you into a whole heap of trouble if not conducted properly. You will want to get a copy of the FCRA and read it, and then read it again and again. The FCRA stands for Fair Credit Reporting Act. This federal legislation was put into place to protect consumers from unfair hiring and credit granting practices. If you are not conducting your background check for employment purposes then DO NOT even consider running a credit report on someone without a signed release. If you are running the background check on yourself then you can contact one of the three major credit bureaus to obtain a free one! Below is the info to contact them.
Crimcheck.com offers credit reports for employment purposes. Sometimes the task of receiving a free credit report may be to difficult or impossible due to governing laws. Crimcheck.com can help you perform a credit check quickly and accurately at a low cost.
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