How To Check For Criminal Records

Every job you apply for you are always informed that the offer of employment will come after a full background check. But what does that actually mean?

criminal background check imageBackground checks, or criminal record check as they are more often known, are requested by employers whose business focuses on high security or relies heavily on trust, like schools, banks, airports, government and hospitals.

As already mentioned, it is common practice for most businesses to perform these record checks to ensure they are hiring the correct person, but there are now websites available that allows members of the public to access certain information, for a fee.

When people hear about these kinds of checks, they automatically think it is to gain some bad information about a person or see if they have a criminal record. More often than not, the information is used to connect someone with a long-lost friend or family member.

The amount of information you can pick up from these checks depends on the reason you need it for, if you are going for a job in a restaurant then the checks will probably be kept to a minimum, but if you are going for a high government role or even in the police force then the checks will be more thorough.

Here is a brief list of what will most likely be brought up about you:

  • Criminal, arrest, incarceration, as well as s*x offender
  • Citizenship, immigration, or legal working status
  • Litigation
  • Driving and vehicle
  • Drug tests
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Financial information
  • Credit history, liens, civil judgments, bankruptcy, and tax information may be included in the report.
  • Licensing
  • Medical, Mental, and Physiological evaluation
  • Military
  • Polygraph testing
  • Social Security Number

So how do you go about obtaining this kind of information if you are not an employer? Well there are a few websites out there that can offer you the service you are searching for.

Instant Checkmate

One popular company out there is Instant Checkmate, they provide you with the most up-to-date, useful, detailed and important information on just about anyone living in the United States. If you are searching for arrest records, addresses, telephone numbers, demographic data or even census data then Instant Checkmate is the site for you.

The aim of this company is help customers learn the truth of the person they are following up, every new search will dig up a public record from multiple sources and will be compiled in a single, easy to read report. As expected, Instant Checkmate does have a number of strict guidelines and here is a brief list of the Dos and Don’ts on what you can and cannot search for.

You Can:

  • Check up on neighbors
  • Find out about nearby s*x offenders
  • Tracing family members
  • Parents of your children’s friends
  • New friends
  • Old friends
  • Former school friends
  • Potential dates
  • Social media friends
  • Online buyers and sellers
  • Study partners
  • Celebrities
  • Yourself

You Cannot:

  • Employment screening
  • Screen household workers
  • Tenant screening
  • Access professional services
  • Determine educational qualifications

Here’s how to create an account with them…


Another company who deals in this level of expertise is Spokeo and they insist they make it easy for people to be reunited with members of their family, old school friends and even former lovers. Their system allows you to search for your intended target with just a name. Spokeo are fully committed to help family and friends get reacquainted.

Spokeo are quite adamant in what you cannot use their services for, so if you the prohibit what you need then this isn’t the site for you. They will not have any access to secure or private financial information, meaning you are unable to use them for credit, tenant or insurance matters.

So, if you are in desperate need to locate a long-lost family member, a friend you were inseparable with a school or college, or even your first ever love, then get in touch with the team at Spokoe and they will come up with a detailed report that will put you one step closer to reconciliation.

The people at Spokeo (according to this link: insist that they have your number one interest at heart and allow you to cancel your contract at any time. All members have to do is press the “cancel” button and the service you are currently using will be terminated. They will try to offer you a special price to entice you to stay, but that is the case with a lot of these companies.

Here’s a video about them…