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Before you hire, BackTrack! A Pre-Employment Background Check Report can give your managers the critical information they need to make the best hiring decision. Our comprehensive background check reports include all the important searches.

Criminal & Court Record Search

Criminal records are searched by BackTrack representatives in the county of residence and/or county of employment. Felony searches cover a minimum of seven years. We have access to over 3500 county court houses. Your report may show any felony and/or misdemeanor convictions, incarcerations, probations, and outstanding warrants.

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County Criminal Records Search

Criminal records are searched by BackTrack representatives in the county of residence and/or county of employment. Felony searches cover a minimum of seven years. We have access to over 3500 county court houses. Your report may show any felony and/or misdemeanor convictions, incarcerations, probations, and outstanding warrants.

Statewide Criminal Records Search

Searches felony and misdemeanor records from the state’s central repository. Because each state compiles, reports, and updates information differently, we suggest using Statewide searches as a supplement to other criminal records checks.

Federal Criminal Records Search

This search can capture potentially important information not revealed by state or county checks – things like interstate theft, kidnapping, bank robbery, hijacking, bank fraud, hate crimes, terrorism, internet child pornography, arson, or carjacking.

CrimeTrack Multi-State Criminal and Sexual Offender Database Search

CrimeTrack is the most comprehensive database of criminal records available to non law enforcement entities. It consists of millions of criminal records retrieved from all 50 states and includes a 50 state sexual offender database search. These records have been compiled from state courts, correctional institutions, various sex offender databases, plus BackTrack’s own proprietary database. A great complement to your criminal records searches.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that any records found in a database must be verified through a direct search of court records before taking adverse action against an individual.

Civil Litigation Search

A candidate’s history of civil lawsuits does not come to light during a standard criminal records search – thus, a civil litigation search is a key step in verifying your candidate’s employability. This search reports dates, subjects and outcomes of any civil suits involving your applicant. A history of litigious activity may offer a vital clue to your applicant’s character, and may foreshadow an employee who will cost your company time and money.

National Wants & Warrants

A search that reveals any serious extraditable felony or misdemeanor warrants for arrest or wants. Note: Information is limited to the type of record, status of record, and name of agency of origin. Once a warrant is found, a county criminal search must be conducted for specific case and identification information.

Sex Offender Search – Single State

Searches the state’s sexual offenders database. For a more comprehensive search, see our CrimeTrack Criminal Database and National Sex Offender Search.

Employment Screening Services

Basic Employment

Verifies key employment history elements including dates, positions held, reasons for leaving, and eligibility for rehire.

Basic Plus Employment

Our Basic Employee verification supplemented with additional information about job duties, job performance, attendance history, attitude, and promotability.


Using records directly from colleges, universities, trade schools, high schools, and state GED databases, we verify your applicant’s degree earned, major areas of study, and dates of attendance.

Credential Verification

Verifies federal and/or state licensing and professional certifications. Report data may include current status, expiration/renewal dates and restrictions, incidents or disciplinary actions, and adverse actions against the applicant. Some of the most common credential verifications we undertake are relative to the hiring of a physician, surgeon, pharmacist, teacher, nurse, dentist, CPA, or attorney, but many other categories are available as well.

Business/Personal Reference

Trained BackTrack interviewers contact references and ascertain information about your applicant’s reliability, trustworthiness, competency and integrity. Interview structure can be customized to meet your specific needs.

SSN/Name/Address Search

An important supplement to criminal records searches. This search establishes an applicant’s name or names, Social Security number, and address history. These addresses serve as the benchmark for beginning a criminal records search. An effective way to verify your candidate’s criminal history and to ensure legal protection.

Consent Based SSN Verification

Our newest and most important offering to be used at the very beginning of every background check could save unnecessary expenses.

BackTrack is one of the first background screening companies to offer this service. The purpose of the Consent Based SSN Verification System (CBSV) is to allow private businesses and government entities to verify that the name and SSN obtained from an applicant matches or does not match the data in SSA’s records. The information is matched against SSA’s Master File of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), using Social Security number, name, date of birth and gender code (if available).

Security Administration will return one of three responses:

  • Yes – The information submitted for verification matches the Social Security Administration’s records.
  • No – The information submitted for verification does not match the Social Security Administration’s records.
  • Deceased – The name and social security number combination submitted for verification matches the Social Security Administration’s records, but the records indicate that the Number Holder is deceased.

In order to use this search, the following information must be sent to BackTrack:

  • The applicant needs to fill out the separate release provided by the Social Security Administration, which may not be altered. This release must be provided to BackTrack prior to processing the request.
  • First and Last Name of the applicant.
  • Social Security Number of the applicant.

Credit History

Carefully harvested and cross-checked data that reveals important clues to your applicant’s character and reliability. Data reported can include validity of Social Security number, payment history, bankruptcies, and collection liabilities; as well as verification of current and previous addresses and employments. This search is especially vital when an applicant is being considered for a job that has access to the company’s checkbook, credit cards or funds.

Driving History Search

Liability and insurance issues make this search a must when the job requires driving on behalf of the company. We check and verify license validity, driving restrictions or revocations, violations, accidents, convictions, and validity of any special licensing. State-mandated service fees apply.

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We can also check licenses through the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS), which is a federal clearinghouse and repository of commercial driver licensing data. The CDLIS enables the states to exchange information about the driving records and driver’s licenses of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers. This helps assure that only one license is issued to a driver and that drivers currently disqualified are prevented from obtaining a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). The system, established by the Secretary of Transportation, contains records of commercial driver licenses issued to commercial drivers. The CDLIS retains records of a driver’s current commercial license, indicates which state the driver has a current license and also indicates up to three previous states where the driver may have held a commercial drivers license. A driving record search for any or all of the states in which CDLIS indicates the driver has had a commercial license may then be conducted.

Specialized Professionals/Government Watch List Searches

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. This search identifies parties excluded throughout the U.S. Government from receiving Federal contracts or certain subcontracts and from certain types of Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits.

Contains searches from DHHS/OIG, SDN & DPL, among others.

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FDA Food and Drug Administration Debarment:This entity maintains lists of individuals or firms barred from participating in the drug industry because they have been convicted of crimes related to the FDA’s regulation of drugs, including falsification of data, lying to FDA investigators, paying or accepting bribes, and selling prescription drug samples.

SDN Specifically Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (‘OFAC’) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. OFAC acts under Presidential wartime and national emergency powers, as well as authority granted by specific legislation, to impose controls on transactions and freeze foreign assets under US jurisdiction.

Identifies entities and individuals engaged in or suspected of having ties to narcotics trafficking, terrorist activities and weapons of mass destruction.

DPL Denied Persons List: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for the regulation of exports for national security, foreign policy, and nonproliferation reasons and the enforcement of those regulations. BIS’s Special Agents for the Export Enforcement carryout these responsibilities.

Contains the names of people and organizations that have been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as no longer allowed to import or export items in the United States. These individuals and organizations have been successfully prosecuted for engaging in violations of U.S. export laws.

DHHS/OIG Department of Health and Human Services/Office of the Inspector General: Run through the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Bars certain individuals and businesses from participating in Federally-funded health care programs.

Identifies people who have been convicted of various crimes, including patient abuse, drug abuse, health care fraud, those who have failed to pay back or defaulted on Health Education Assistance Loans, and other sanctions.

DEA Drug Enforcement Administration: The complete official DEA database of persons and organizations verified to handle controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. DEA authorizes the use of this database, and the inclusion of any individual or organization in the database, as proof of that entity’s registration with the DEA.

CFTC U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Congress created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and options markets in the United States. The agency’s mandate has been renewed and expanded several times since then, most recently by the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

The CFTC’s mission is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound futures and option markets.

Identifies all registered FCMs IBs, CPOs and those registered CTAs who manage or exercise discretion over customer accounts must be Members of NFA in order to conduct futures business with the public.

Persons acting as APs of NFA Members must become BFA Associates.

Mandatory membership is the cornerstone of the NFA’s regulatory structure, and effective industry wide self-regulation is not possible without it. NFA Bylaw 1101 very clearly prohibits the conduct of customer business with non-NFA Members.

SEC Security and Exchange Commission: Contains background information on approximately 669,000 currently registered brokers and 5,100 currently registered securities firms. Information is also available on thousands of formerly registered firms and brokers.

GlobalTrack Patriot Act Conforming Search: The PATRIOT ACT requires financial institutions to match their existing & potential customers against the Office of Foreign Control (OFAC) list of suspected terrorists entities and individuals and other ‘watch lists’. Customer identification programs are now required of virtually all U.S. financial institutions including banks, mutual funds, credit unions, and security dealers.

GlobalTrack Includes:

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

Fraud and Abuse Control Information System Search (FACIS)

The Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) databases, which identifies sanctioned individuals and entities in the healthcare field and allows organizations to make risk management decisions. Information for this database is obtained from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (DHHS-OIG) and state licensing agencies and contains information on excluded individuals and other adverse actions taken against providers. Using this search helps identify providers reported by both federal and state agencies and decreases your organization’s risks of government sanctions and/or monetary penalties from civil suits.

There are three tiers of search available, depending on how much involvement with patient care your employee may have.

Three Search Levels Include:

Level 1: Conducts a search of the sanction information as taken by the OIG, the GSA and other federal agencies. The information reported in this level meets the government’s minimum requirements for sanction screening as set forth in the OIG’s Compliance Program Guidance.

Used for low risk employees and contractors or those who are not involved with patient care.

Level 2: Combines Level 1 search of the federal agencies with the disciplinary action information from multiple agencies and one state of choice.

Used for moderate risk employees and contractors such as administrators.

Level 3: Combines Level 1 and 2 and is the most robust search option, allowing you to conduct a search of disciplinary actions taken by federal agencies as well as those taken by licensing and certification agencies in all 50 states. This is the most comprehensive search method available.

Used for high-risk individuals and contractors or those who are directly involved with patient care such as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, etc.