Criminal History Screening

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Criminal History Screening 2018-07-17T10:01:07+00:00

Approximately 73.5 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record – that’s almost 30% of the adult population. If you want to ensure that the person you’re hiring is right for your company, you need to know their past.

 With GIS’ solutions, you can feel confident that you will know the applicant’s criminal history before you make a hiring decision.

Depending on the criminal history service ordered, GIS will either check our best-in-class national criminal database or we will search courthouse records directly at the county, state or federal levels. When a record is located, GIS will provide you the following information in an easy-to-read format:

  • Level of the record
  • How the record was verified (name, DOB, SSN)
  • Case number
  • Offense
  • Disposition and disposition date (where applicable)

GIS’ dedication to our clients’ needs has led to turnaround times of less than one hour in some jurisdictions, all while maintaining the same quality and compliance standards we’ve built our reputation on.

Where GIS searches, as well as names and years searched, is determined by your package. We can search as many of your applicants’ addresses as you’d like, plus we can develop additional addresses in additional jurisdictions to search. We can also search your applicants’ current name only, or we can search for the current name and provided aliases, or we can develop additional aliases. Finally, we can search as far back as you’d like and is legally allowed – common options are five, seven or 10 years.

County Criminal History

County criminal history searches are some of the most comprehensive sources for uncovering criminal records: if a felony or misdemeanor charge exists for an individual, the charge is most likely to be filed in county courthouse records.

State Criminal History

A statewide search will yield information for all counties in a given state, useful for discovering crimes outside of the immediate area where the applicant lives, works, or has gone to school.

Federal Criminal History

Crimes reported in a federal criminal record include only those offenses that are violations of federal law (as opposed to local and state law). Federal violations will generally not appear in either a county or statewide criminal check and offenses can include kidnapping, drug trafficking, interstate transportation of stolen goods, bank robbery, and embezzlement.

International Criminal History

GIS International Screening department reports all criminal information found in an overseas courthouse’s records as it conforms to local data privacy, statutory provisions regulating legal employment access, and the client’s criteria. Similar to the U.S., the most effect search is typically at the local/district level.

KwikScreen National Criminal Database

KwikScreen, GIS’ proprietary national criminal database, is one of the largest in the industry. It contains more than 600 million criminal records and more than 21 million photos from more than 1,200 sources including county court records, state repositories, Department of Corrections (DOC), Administration of the Court (AOC), state sex offender registries, government and terrorist watchlists, and more. KwikScreen is updated frequently to remove expunged or otherwise unusable records, meaning that clients can trust what they find. If that’s not enough, GIS maintains quality & FCRA-compliance by validating all hits at the source before we report it to the client.

Ongoing Criminal Monitoring

By utilizing ongoing criminal monitoring, you can recheck your employees through our KwikScreen National Criminal Database to ensure that they continue to be free of records that may jeopardize your organization. We exclude terminated employees to ensure that checks are not being run needlessly, and we validate at the source on applicable hits to ensure FCRA compliance.

Services included in KwikScreen or available separately include:

Sex Offender Registries

GIS will search both the Dru Sjodin service plus KwikScreen and confirm any records found with the state’s live repository based on the individual’s applicant history. We have access to the best SOR data in the industry, with coverage of information from sources in all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico, with photos in all. We report all public information made available in the jurisdiction’s registry, including name, address, DOB/YOB/age, photo, registration details, offense details, etc.

National Government & Terrorist Watchlists

We’ll check our more than 100 national security sources to inform you about individuals and corporations linked to terrorism or terrorist activity. Also included are those that have been debarred, denied, sanctioned, or are listed on exclusion, most wanted, fugitive lists, and more. Key sources included OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals List, FDA’s Debarment List, OIG’s Exclusion List, OCC’s Enforcement Actions List and lists published by the FBI and the DEA, among others.


For those industries and organizations that are legally allowed to use fingerprinting, adding it to your background screening program provides an exceptional level of safety and security to your company.

Fingerprints are captured and submitted electronically using LiveScan digital technology, which dramatically reduces both the high rejection rate associated with the ink-rolling and the turnaround time in getting results from the FBI.

Our fingerprinting solution includes:

  • Full-service scheduling online or through GIS employees
  • Large footprint for fingerprinting services
  • Ability to adapt to your chosen collection method, whether we’re sending collectors to your business or you’re using your own LiveScan system
  • Ability to submit fingerprints to the FBI on your behalf
  • Adjudication process adhering to FDIC
  • Processing in about an hour

Disposition Perfection

Regardless of whether GIS helps you submit your fingerprints, we can help you understand the results. Our Disposition Perfection service takes the rap sheet provided by the FBI and follows up on the provided records to determine what the final disposition was.