Which is better, an Instant Criminal or a County Criminal search?

It depends. An Instant Criminal search has immediate results, tends to be more economically priced, but with a lower level of quality. A County Criminal search takes about 24 to 48 hours to complete, tends to be higher priced, but with a higher level of quality.

Should I run an Instant Criminal by itself?

No. Instant Criminal searches are updated monthly, quarterly and sometimes yearly by the participating jurisdiction, they should not be used in place of a County Criminal search. It is highly recommended that you conduct a County Criminal search in addition to your Instant Criminal search.

Does a “National” criminal search exist?

No. A national criminal search does not exist, which would check every single municipality, county, state and federal jurisdiction in the country simultaneously.

Is a Social Security Number required to determine an applicant’s criminal history?

No. It is a widely-held misconception that a Social Security Number is needed to determine the criminal history of an applicant. It’s the applicant’s name and Date of Birth that is regarded as the primary identifiers for determining an applicant’s criminal history. Although some states are slowly adopting a Social Security Number as part of its identifiers.

Do sex offender registries really have missing information?

Yes. Most sex offender registries, which contain currently registered sex and violent offenders with felony conviction records will only pull results for that jurisdiction if the state has provided a Date of Birth in its sex offender data.

Which states do not provide DOBs in their sex offender data?

At this time Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming do not provide DOBs in their sex offender data. Consequently, we highly recommend that you also conduct a non-instant Single State Sex Offenders search.

Is some information contained in sex offender registries reported by the offender themselves?

Yes. Whether they do or not, the offender is legally obligated to notify the proper law enforcement authorities when he/she moves about the state and/or country.

How often are sex offender registries updated?

This is always at the discretion of the jurisdiction.