Here are some answers to common questions, but if at any time you need more help, please email or call us at any time.

Why should I conduct my own criminal background check?

There are a wide variety of reasons that applicants pull a copy of their own report these days.  Many applicants want to know what a prospective employer will see before they may an application for a job.  

Many non-profits have their volunteers, students, camp attendees and missionaries provide their own background check prior to participating in their programs.  

Organizations have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and or a safe place for children and a comprehensive screening on prospective applicants eliminates the selection of an applicant with a violent history or falsified past.

MY-BACKGROUND-CHECK provides access to criminal court records in all United States counties, state repositories where available as well as national records.

Will this report provide me with a police check?

Yes.  The report is comprised of hands on criminal research that is obtained by 'pulling information from county criminal repositores. We go beyond this by also pulling information from several sate and national repositories that are too numerous to detail and we also pull information from sex offender registries in all states in the nation.  

What is the difference between Nationwide Criminal, Statewide Criminal, and County reports?

A nationwide criminal report contains over 500 million records in most of the U.S. The records are updated monthly to ensure accuracy, however, if clients need up to the minute information on an applicant, a countywide search can provide the most accurate information.

A statewide criminal check offers a more cost effective approach to the screening process. In some instances, statewide repositories update their information daily but it may take weeks for the information to appear in a particular index. Therefore, a countywide search must be performed to ensure accuracy.

The use of a countywide search enables court researchers to perform a "Hands on Search" of the court index dockets.

A countywide criminal search includes a seven-year background search for misdemeanor and felony records. This method is the most preferred for investigating a person's criminal history and should be conducted in conjunction with a statewide search for best results.

What are common public record terms?  

MY-BACKGROUND-CHECK is not a law firm and we cannot provide legal advice.  However, we have compiled a summary of some public record terms that you may find helpful.  

How do I pay for background searches and criminal reports?

For those that wish to pay with a credit card, MY-BACKGROUND-CHECK accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

How long does it take to get started?

It takes less than ten minutes to complete the application.  The system is straightforward, simple, and user friendly.   Reports are generally completed within 1-3 business days.  

What is the FCRA?

The FCRA is the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, which is the governing act applicable to background searches. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) stipulates that certain forms and procedures be followed in order to preserve the rights and privacy of applicants. Violations of this act may create substantial legal ramifications.

Why is it necessary for an applicant to provide permission to do a background investigation?

It’s the law.  The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act governs background searches, and violations of this act can have serious legal ramifications. In this situation, the FCRA was designed to protect the individual consumer and his/her privacy.

What does the FCRA have to do with criminal searches?

The FCRA governs all ‘consumer reports’ and a background check is considered a ‘consumer report’ and doesn’t necessarily include a credit report. The FCRA defines permissible purposes for obtaining these reports, how the information is handled, what procedures and documentation must be followed, and even defines the procedures for when an applicant is denied a job based on the results.