We tend to think an instant criminal background check is not possible, that such a check requires days of investigation, searches on records across the country, that if a person has never been checked for a criminal history, days will be required to compile the information. In fact, an instant criminal background check on anyone is at your fingertips.
Private criminal records reporting agencies on the Internet have already compiled criminal records for anyone who has a criminal past, and these agencies are ready to provide you with all they have on anyone with a criminal background. All you need to do is ask.
Criminal records, including arrests, are public records kept at local, state, and federal levels. Being public, these records can be accessed and copied by anyone. In order to compile a criminal history on anyone, you would have to either check all local, state, and federal criminal records repositories, or know the person's residence history and just check each locale and state criminal records repositories where that person resided. In either case, doing it yourself would take considerable time and money. Fortunately, you don't have to do it yourself these days. Private sector criminal records reporting agencies have done all the research for you. These organizations gather criminal records throughout the country and store them in databases that can be accessed using such keys as first, middle, and last name, social security number, and even reverse-address lookups. They continually maintain these databases, updating them as new crimes are recorded for any individual. Providing such an agency with one of those keys will get you an instant criminal background check on anybody.
If you commit a crime in this country, there's going to be a record of it and it’s going to stick with you. Prior to 1998, reporting agencies were required to remove a report of criminal conviction if the conviction was older than 7 years old. This was required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) of 1972. In 1998, the requirement was dropped so that criminal convictions or arrests of whatever age may be reported. This means that the criminal background check is going to be thorough.
An instant criminal background check is useful when you have a short time to make a decision about putting someone into or allowing a position that requires trustworthiness. For instance, the babysitter that a family relied on suddenly gets sick just when the parents were about to go on a weekend out of town. The unavailable babysitter recommends a substitute. The parents are familiar with the substitute, but know very little about she or he. They may have local references, but haven't been in town long. Their children are too valuable to them to take any chances. Using the Internet, they can locate a reporting agency and get an instant criminal background check on the substitute before they make their final decision.
When it comes to the security of your property, the property of your business, the security of your family, employees, and customers, when it comes to your own security, don't confer trust blindly. Do a criminal background check and trust in confidence. Then you will have a reliable basis to which you can feel rest assured.