Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Countywide Felony and Misdemeanor search?

A Countywide Felony and Misdemeanor search is a criminal record search conducted directly through the selected county via on-site, hands-on research or remote access. This search will return felonies, misdemeanors, and alcohol-related traffic offenses.  On average, turnaround times vary from same day to 72 hours. The scope of search averages 10 years (minimum of 7 years).

The Countywide search is recognized as the most accurate and up-to-date information available for a specific county, but research is limited to only the county searched.

What is a Statewide Felony and Misdemeanor search?

A Statewide Felony and Misdemeanor search is a criminal record search conducted through the a state’s central records repository, such as the Bureau of Investigations, State Police, or consolidated court database. 

Statewide searches vary greatly from state to state.  Statewide searches provide a good overview of the entire state. 

Is a Social Security Number (SSN) Trace important?

The SSN Trace is vital to any pre-employment screening program.  This search will reveal an applicant’s address history and aliases.  It is a great supplemental search that will allow the hiring manager to make an informed decision on which counties or states to include when requesting criminal record checks.  No screening program is complete without the SSN Trace.

Is it necessary to conduct a Federal Criminal Record Check in addition to Statewide or Countywide Criminal Record Checks?

Federal crimes are either crimes made illegal by U.S. federal legislation or crimes that occur on U.S. federal property.  Federal crimes include kidnapping, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, mail fraud, etc.  Since federal crimes are prosecuted by the U.S. government, charge and conviction information will not be located in the statewide central records repositories or county courts. In order to run a thorough background check, a Federal Criminal Record Check is recommended.

What should I do if my applicant has a hyphenated name? Or maiden names and aliases? (CRC) recommends searching both the applicant’s maiden name and current last name for a thorough and comprehensive criminal record check.  In the case of hyphenated names, it is considered a best practice to search both names.  It is vital that all maiden and hyphenated names are searched since a majority of county courts and statewide repositories offer name based searches only.

Is information reported by (CRC) compliant with Federal and State law?

Information reported by (CRC) is compliant with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and supplemental state laws. 

Is (CRC) affiliated with any associations?

CRC is a proud to be an accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). (CRC) is also H.U.B. Certified by the North Carolina Department of Administration.

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