Criminal Background Searches of State and National Records

State Criminal Record Searches

EBI conducts felony and misdemeanor searches of state criminal records at each applicable state central repository.

Many states maintain a central criminal history record repository that receives case information contributed by law enforcement agencies, courts and corrections agencies throughout the state. Information held within these repositories are made available to criminal justice personnel, and, in some states, non-criminal justice agencies that are authorized by law to obtain the records for purposes such as employment screening and occupational licensing. EBI searches the applicable repository when statewide criminal searches are requested by the client.

All statewide searches are not created equal; some states do not provide an accessible repository and many others only store limited information from reporting counties. Surprisingly, some states do not maintain up-to-date and accurate information. EBI will guide you in the proper use of statewide searches and provide additional information regarding the accuracy and timeliness of each.

Federal Criminal Records Search

Federal Criminal offenses are crimes committed against the US government and therefore will not appear on searches on the state and county level. Embezzlement, bank robbery and interstate drug trafficking are just some of the offenses that fall under federal jurisdiction. EBI can search criminal filings in any of the nation’s 300 Federal District Courts. Searches of a single district or statewide repository can be performed. Utilizing EBI SMART screening Technology℠, federal criminal records can automatically be added from residences reported from the Social Security Number Trace.

National Criminal Research Search (NCRD)

EBI recommends this search as a tool for uncovering criminal offenses that occurred outside of the areas where the applicant has lived or not identified by the SSN Trace based on your search criteria.

EBI's National Criminal Research Database Search (NCRD) searches nearly one billion offense records in this instant, 50-state, multi-jurisdictional search. The database is a compilation of criminal records, information from municipal, circuit, district and superior court repositories, as well as the Department of Corrections, the FBI, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Custom, the DEA, Secret Service and the Department of Justice.

Also included in this search:

  • 50-state sex offender registry information
  • Healthcare Sanctions
  • Financial Sanctions
  • Terrorist watch lists
  • OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control)

All potential records found from this search are automatically confirmed from the actual source to ensure accuracy and completeness to ensure FCRA reporting compliance (see FCRA 613 (a)(2)).

FBI Fingerprint Database

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintains a database of fingerprints and information on criminal activity from across the country. But fingerprint based background checks are not recommended for private background screenings for a few reasons.

The database was created only to be used by law enforcement, so only some industries have the ability to search this data, but even then, it is not a trustworthy resource. The database also depends on local jurisdictions to upload prints and case information and is broadly considered to be incomplete. Not all arrests include fingerprint records, and very often the final dispositions are never submitted.

Screening for Registered Sex Offenders

There are currently hundreds of thousands of registered sex offenders nationwide. Under the legislation of Megan’s Law, sexual offenders are required to register when they change their residence.

Multi-state Sex Offender Search

Our multi-state database is a collection of stored data from multiple state registries. This search is included in EBI's NCRD search. All potential records found from this search are automatically confirmed from the actual source to ensure accuracy and completeness to ensure FCRA reporting compliance (see FCRA 614 (a)(2)).

Single State Sex Offender Search

EBI’s single-state background check is conducted by accessing real-time information at the appropriate state agency.

State and Prison Inmate Searches

Search for prison inmates, prisoners, prison records and offender records at state correctional institutions, county jails and prisons as well as federal institutions. Available as a Statewide or Federal Search.

National Wants & Warrants

A nationwide search determines if the candidate has any outstanding and extraditable arrest wants and/or warrants. This report normally includes warrants issued for more serious felony offenses or outstanding county warrants that have been elevated to the nationwide level.

Global Homeland Security (OFAC)

EBI provides a search of more than 120 separate U.S. and foreign sanctions and watch lists to ensure compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act. We access some of the most comprehensive sources for government watch, debarment and exclusionary lists. Many federal regulations require a search of excluded party or person lists for proper compliance and further due diligence outside of the United States.

Here is a partial list of the government sources:

  • OFAC Specifically Designated Nationals (SDN) & Blocked Persons
  • OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports
  • Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories
  • Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties
  • U.S Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA)
  • Unverified Entities List, Denied Entities List and Denied Persons List
  • FBI Most Wanted Terrorists & Seeking Information
  • FBI Top Ten Most Wanted
  • INTERPOL Most Wanted List
  • Bank of England Sanctions List
  • OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List
  • United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List
  • Politically Exposed Persons List
  • European Union Terrorist List
  • World Bank Ineligible Firms