Friday, July 28, 2017

Why Use

Employment screening is important to both job applicants and employers. Recent surveys of Human Resources professionals revealed 75 percent of businesses – 3 out of 4 – conduct criminal background checks and verifications of employment and education as part of their employment screening process. Why use To find out ahead of time what a background report may show AND to help get your application noticed! Service Descriptions


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Civil Searches-Upper provides a search of records in the appropriate civil court and all civil action on file is reported. Reported activity is generally limited to seven years, but older cases will be reported if requested and/or available. Keep in mind that under the civil rules for filing civil cases, a case may be filed in a county where an individual has never lived or worked, so it's possible that not all cases will be located.
What It Will Tell
Date of filing, case type, case number or file record, jurisdiction and - if available - identity of parties involved.
Reason You Need This Information
This search helps discover whether individual has sued, or has been sued, for reasons that may be relevant to employment.
County Criminal Record Search’s county criminal search is a "hands-on" search conducted individually by one of thousands of researchers at court houses nationwide to ensure accuracy. This search reports details of felony and misdemeanor convictions, and open cases including: charge, offense date, conviction date, disposition and sentence. Court fees, if any, are added before checkout.
What It Will Tell
Felony and misdemeanor convictions and pending cases, usually including date and nature of offense, sentencing date, disposition and current status. Searches go back at least seven years. Some states allow longer periods. However, even where states only go back seven years, cases can be reported that are older if the period of custody extended into the seven year window. In some states with a seven year limit, a matter can be still reported if the applicant is expected to earn a certain salary level. A crime that occurred more than seven years ago may be reportable even in a seven-year state if any custody time was served within the past seven years. In at least two states with seven year limits, Colorado and Texas, there is widespread industry agreement that the seven year rules are pre-empted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Reason You Need This Information
It is critical information to protect your business and employees, helps protect employers from negligent hiring exposure, and helps reduce the threat of workplace violence, theft, disruption and other problems. Failure to honestly disclose a prior criminal conviction can also be the basis not to hire. For the maximum protection, all jurisdictions where an applicant has lived, worked, or studied in the past seven years should be checked.
NOTE: Individuals who have lived, worked or gone to school in the state of New York, please see the Statewide Criminal Search description below.
Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Driver’s License Search’s motor vehicle records (MVR) examination helps identify individuals with unsafe driving records. In some states, convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot be found on the criminal court record and can only be revealed with a MVR examination. Each state has its own rules regarding what is reportable and for how long. Any dispute regarding what is reported must be taken to the DMV office in that state by the individual themselves. State DMV fees (if any) are added before checkout.

What It Will Tell
Driving history for three years; verification of driving privilege; and driving record.
Reason You Need This Information
A driver’s license search gives insight into an individual's level of responsibility; determines whether an individual keeps commitments to appear in court or pay fines; has a drug/alcohol problem; and gives the current license status. "Driving for work" is very broadly defined in most jurisdictions and is not limited to driving positions.
Drug Screening
The test is a standard 10-panel drug test utilized across the industry. To view what the complete test checks click on the following link XXXX.
Make sure to provide an accurate mailing address where you want the Chain-of-Custody (COC) form sent. Do not lose or damage the form as it is the only one you will receive. Additionally, be sure to provide a valid email address where we can send the results. Only the lab, ESR and you will have access to the actual test results. They will not be shared with anyone. The completed MyESRCheck reports results for the drug screening will only show “Drug Test Performed”. Any other service you requested at the same time will have the complete results included in the report. Note that Public Records results will only be displayed for 90 days.
Fill in all fields at the collection site. When filling out the paper Chain of Custody, select "Random" as the reason for the test. Use your driver’s license as your ID at the time of collection and be sure to provide a daytime and evening phone number where you can be reached. In the case of a positive test, or abnormal results, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) reviews the results. The MRO will talk with you directly about the results to determine if there is an acceptable reason for a positive/abnormal test, such as prescription drugs, a specimen that was too diluted, etc. 
Unless there is a problem with the test which is the lab’s fault, this is your only test. Any retest is priced as a new test which you must purchase from
Price includes collection at a regular Quest collection site. To find a regular Quest collection site look up locations using the location tool at: Find a Quest Location.When selecting the reason on the location finder choose Employer and wellness services - Drug testing - Non-Regulated Testing - Urine drug screen - Paper CCF. If you see the words, "Preferred" next to a site name, do not go to these sites as you will have to pay extra fees to the lab at collection time. Only choose a location that says Quest Diagnostics with a city name following it.
Education Verification
Since education history is the most common falsified information on resumes and job applications, a Education Verification report helps confirm applicant degrees, diplomas, certificates, and dates attended from universities, colleges, trade/vocational schools, and high schools. also searches U.S. Department of Education-recognized Regional and National Institutional Accrediting Agencies to confirm the accreditation of the school and will also, as needed, check specialized lists of known diploma mils.
Employment Verification will verify previous employment supplied by applicant including dates of employment, position(s), starting and ending pay rates, performance, reason for departure, rehire status, and any other comments as available. Note: cannot verify your employment if the employer has gone out of business.
What It Will Tell
Basic verification includes dates of employment, job title and reason for leaving. Some employers will verify salary. Information is usually obtained from HR, Personnel or Payroll. Some employers have the information recorded on a 900 service or a third party verification service. has relationships with all of these verification services.
Reason You Need This Information
This information confirms your resume; verifies job history; helps eliminate any unexplained gaps in employment which ensures that appropriate jurisdictions have been checked for criminal records; and helps an employer demonstrate "due diligence" in their hiring practices.
Note: If you wish to verify your employment and you were not working for the employer directly as an employee on their payroll (you were placed at a facility as a sub-contractor, consultant, temporary employee of an agency or staffing firm, etc.), you need to provide us with the full company name, city, state and phone number of the contracting firm, consulting company, temporary agency or staffing firm. These would be considered the company that employed you for verification purposes, not where they placed you. The employer you were placed with will not usually have any records pertaining to your work.

Expanded Global Screening also offers Expanded Global Screening with international search capabilities that include numerous international databases. This database only sets out information obtained from third party sources searched by ESR. No opinion is provided in respect to the corporate entities or individuals who are the subject of the database and reports therein, nor the validity or accuracy of the original source of this information. The reports do not constitute recommendations as to what action should be taken. It is difficult to verify all aspects of the information obtained due to the nature of enquiries and the limitations of obtaining such information from private databases and public records.
Thus while due care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this report, no responsibility will be taken by ESR for the consequences of relying upon information contained in this report. All personal data supplied in this report is intended to be for the sole purpose of the client's evaluation and is not intended for public dissemination.

Federal Civil Search
Use to search Federal Civil records which will include civil cases involving alleged violations of federal statutes or constitutional rights. Keep in mind that cases can be filed in courts where the applicants did not live, work or attend school and that federal records often lack sufficient secondary identifiers such as DOB, SSN, driver's license number and state.

There are 94 federal judicial districts, including at least one district in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States -- the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands -- have district courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases. This search is a State level search within the federal district(s), based upon the applicant’s supplied address. Additional searches can be performed on the State level by ordering multiple instances of the service and selecting a different state.

Federal Criminal Search can also search Federal Court records. The federal court system is an entirely separate court system from county courts. Federal courts are searched at the district court level (see Federal Civil above). Applicants should be aware that positive identification can be difficult with federal searches due to lack of sufficient secondary identifiers such as Date of Birth, Social Security Number, driver's license number and state.’s Federal Criminal search investigates the federal courts for convictions of crimes that occurred on federal property. They also include convictions of federal law violations such as tax evasion, mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking, immigration law violations and postal offenses.
Financial Institution Sanctions Search (FISS)
The following Federal government databases are searched for enforcement actions and orders against institutions or their affiliated parties.

National Multi-jurisdictional “USCrim” Criminal Search’s nationwide "Multi-jurisdictional US Crim" search is a comprehensive database search that accesses the largest criminal database available with millions of offense records.
What It Will Tell
It is a valuable information resource that may discover convictions in counties not identified in a Social Security Number (SSN) Address Locator Trace. To see the complete list of sources and descriptions of what records are in the search please visit National Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Database Search.
Reason You Need This Information
First, contrary to popular belief, there is no national computer of criminal records available to private employers or individuals. Although the FBI and state law enforcement has access to national computer databases such as the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) data, it is absolutely illegal for a private company to obtain criminal information from law enforcement computer databases. The databases available in's "Multi-jurisdictional US Crim" search can be extremely valuable as an INITIAL or a PRELIMINARY search that indicates whether more in-depth "hands-on" checks are needed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING DATABASE RESULTS: This is NOT the same as an official FBI search or state fingerprint ("Live Scan" Digitally Scanned Fingerprints) program. FBI records are only available to certain employers or industries where Congress or a state has granted access. State (public) and private (proprietary) databases are compiled from a number of sources and may not be accurate or complete and depend upon the quality of data that certain states, counties, law enforcement authorities or other governmental bodies make available publicallyThe appearance of a person’s name is not an indication that the person is a criminal any more than the absence of name indicates that the person is not a criminal. Any positive match MUST be verified by reviewing the actual court records at the county courthouse. Any lack of a match does not mean the person is “cleared.” Alias names are not included and need to be searched independently. For a more in depth understanding of criminal database information please visit "A Word About Databases --- The Pros and the Cons".
To ensure accuracy, if determines a "possible" applicant match result, we will double-check the details with a "hands-on" County Criminal Record Search at the appropriate courthouse. The National Multi-jurisdictional “USCrim” Criminal Search results will be reported as "Further Research Required". The County Criminal Record Search will only report actual findings from courthouse records.
Because you are paying on an up front basis it is not possible for to later charge you if any additional searches are needed. If determines a possible match result in the National Multi-jurisdictional “USCrim” Criminal Search results they will be reported only as "Further research required". You can then contact us by using the button on the Contact Us page for more information on what counties we would search. Our obligations in these cases are governed by Federal rules, specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., Section 613., Public record information for employment purposes.
National Wants and Warrants
A nationwide search for outstanding warrants. The warrants included are generally those issued for extraditable offenses. Law Enforcement agencies are actively seeking these individuals.
What it Will Tell
Inside the United States the database contains warrants from Federal sources such as The Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshall Service, and many others. On the State level the database contains records from a variety of state agencies such as Departments of Correction, Probation and Parole Boards, Attorney Generals, State level law enforcement departments. On the county level the database contains warrants from municipal courts, district courts, justices of the peace as well as county sheriffs, district attorneys and more. On the city level the database contains warrants from city police departments, city courts and more.

NOTE:  Wanted persons may use false identification, which could cause the warrant to contain a name, date of birth, or other information not belonging to the subject of the warrant. Such false information may or may not be designated as an alias on the warrant.
Although the database does have warrant records in all 50 states it is not a complete record of all warrants nationwide. We have attempted to provide current and accurate information, but incorrect information may appear. This information is not to be used as a confirmation or probable cause that any warrant is active. Information contained herein should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. We cannot represent that this information is current, active or complete. You should verify that a warrant is active with the reporting agency. Additionally, persons appearing on the warrant database may be already in the custody of a law enforcement agency.
Reason You Need This Information
To determine if a name appears on any warrant data set.

Employers have a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe work environment. Knowing whether a potential individual has an outstanding warrant or a serious criminal record allows the employer to determine if an applicant is appropriate for the job and work environment. Checking if an individual is attempting to escape the law or has an outstanding warrant also provides an important element for defense against negligent hiring claims. Warrants can be issued for individuals who have not been convicted of any crime but are wanted for being suspected of committing a crime.
Additionally for individual consumers this can be especially useful if you have been the victim of identity theft, lost your wallet or purse or had your personal identity documents stolen. You may not know that you are wanted.


Office of Inspector General (OIG) Compliance’s Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services search is a Level 3, 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. For High-Risk individuals and contractors or those who are directly involved in patient care such as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, etc. 
What it Will Tell
The FACIS® database contains information from 800+ source agencies and their databases. This information covers all 50 States on individuals who have been the subject of State licensing boards and certification agencies sanctions including FRA debarment. 
Reason You Need This Information
This information is helpful in assisting health care companies avoid other potential liabilities and risks of employing or contracting with individuals who have been subject to performance of behavior problems elsewhere. It is not possible to obtain a definitive list due to the proprietary nature of the database.   
Professional License/Credentials Verification
To ensure that an applicant is fully licensed and credentialed, the Professional License & Credentials Verification verifies license and credential status with the issuing authority. Date of issuance and expiration are provided along with any disciplinary actions on file that are available to the generel public.
What It Will Tell
Verifies the type of license; whether it is currently valid, dates issued, state; and licensing authority. Education checks will verify dates of attendance and degrees. can also provide special background services, such as compliance with the Pilot Record Improvement Act (PRIA).
Reason You Need This Information
This search confirms whether an applicant has the required credentials licenses or education claimed. There is a high rate of fraudulent education claims. CAN verify the following types of credentials:
  • Employment references from companies in the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and English-speaking areas of Canada
  • Education, including degrees and diplomas from universities and colleges in the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and, English-speaking areas of Canada
  • Professional licenses recognized in the United States only issued by US based organizations
  • Certifications from courses completed or exams taken in the United States only (check with to avoid delays)
MyESRCheck is unable to verify all credentials. To avoid unnecessary charges, do not submit the following types of credentials for verification, or contact first. Please contact through the  on the Contact Us page.
The following Certificates are examples of the type of Credentials that CANNOT be Verified:
  • Professional Licenses from non-US organizations
  • Any kind of "Certificate of Good Work" or anything which is similarly subjective
  • Comptia (such as A+)
  • A+® - entry-level personal computer technology
  • Certified Document Imaging Architech™ (CDIA) - Mastery-level document imaging technology
  • 1-Net+™ - base-level Internet technologies
  • Network+™ - networking technologies
  • 1-Net+™ - base-level Internet technologies
  • Server+™ - PC hardware issues
  • Linux+™ - vendor-neutral Linux knowledge
  • IT Project+™
  • e-Bix+™
Social Security Number Trace (SSTrace) (Employers ONLY)*
Usually the first step in conducting a background check is to run a Social Security Number (SSN) Address Locator Trace (SST). This reports any names the applicant has used and addresses associated with those names that have been captured by private databases, not the government.
What It will Tell
Provides names and addresses associated with the applicant's social security number and may indicate any fraudulent use. May verify other applicant information such as past addresses. For additional information on why other names than the subject may appear in an SSTrace please see XXXX.
Reason You Need This Information
A SSN check helps verify the applicants are is who they say they are. It is critical to ensure employer is not the victim of a fraudulent application by someone with something to hide.
*This type of information is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). does not offer this to consumers in order to prevent phising.
State Sex Offender Registry Search Sex Offender Registry Search can obtain sexual offender registration information using state maintained databases to reveal any prior state record as a convicted sex offender. Rules vary by state. we will attempt to verify the individual’s information and sentence from court records in the event that a record is found.
However, these should also be treated with the same caution used for other databases for the following reasons: each state varies in what information is assembled and released, causing large gaps in these databases; studies show that many sexual offenders fail to register; some states do not release identifying details; and some states limit the types of offense made available.

Statewide Criminal Search
Certain states have now implemented systems that consolidate county courthouse records. ESR has done extensive investigation of these systems and now offers criminal checks on a statewide level. Each state’s system varies in the depth, timeliness and accuracy. Any special state surcharge fee will be added before checkout.
Please visit Statewide Criminal Searches for specific information on each state.
Additionally, please visit A Word About Databases - The Pros and the Cons.
NOTE for New York State: Applicants who have lived, worked, or studied in the state of New York will have to order a New York Statewide Criminal Search from instead of a regular county criminal search in order to ensure a clean criminal record in New York State. This is because New York has implemented a statewide system to check all counties simultaneously. You cannot check a single county. There is also a special state surcharge for this service which will be added before checkout.
Terrorist Search
There are a number of terrorist databases maintained by various parts of the US government, as well as foreign governments and International organizations. Private research firms DO NOT have access to internal government watch lists, intelligence or data. However, there are databases that research firms can utilize on behalf of private employers and individuals. The key is to access all of the major lists. This is typically done through third party services that regularly scan and update these lists into a searchable database. ESR utilizes sources that continually update these lists.
This search complies with the U.S. Patriot Act. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and 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.
For more detailed information on this search please visit Terrorist Searches and the Patriot Act.


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