As you know I have been a fan of the gov-resources website when it comes to the matter of doing a free criminal background check, but I’ve recently discovered this everify.com site which is actually even more comprehensive. Check out the vide below and judge for yourself.
I hope you find it as useful as I do.
Welcome to my site that shows you the easiest way that I’ve found to do free criminal records checks.
I’m the recruitment manager for a fair sized company in the auto-parts wholesale industry and doing employee criminal background checks is part-and-parcel of our standard recruitment procedure. I used to pay a 3rd party to do these checks for me and was charged a fee for each search – but a little while ago I thought I’d just check to see if there was a cheaper and indeed, quicker way to conduct these searches.
My instincts told me that with so much information now freely available on the Internet, that there had to be some resources available that would allow me to do an online background check on any particular person that we were considering recruiting. And sure enough with a little research, I did discover some sites that offered this functionality. A lot of these sites advertised themselves as offering free criminal records checks but when you got down to the nitty-gritty what they were really offering was free access to easily obtained public records such as addresses, phone numbers, marriage certificates etc – and that if you wanted to access national crime records, then they’d hit you up for a fee.
This was why I was so pleasantly surprised when I discovered the Gov-Resources.com website. I’ve got no problem with paying for something of value (and indeed I’ve been in business long enough to know that nothing of value comes without some sort of cost attached) but I like to know what those costs are going to be upfront. With the Gov-Resources.com website you pay a once-off negligible fee (less than $30), and then after that you’re free to do unlimited criminal background checks for free for a period of 5 years.
The Gov-Recources.com database has over 200 million records and has access to every public record database in each state of the U.S. In addition to this it also allows you to conduct searches in Canada, the UK and Australia – which I find helpful because we do do our fair share of international recruiting as well.
So from a professional perspective, I’ve found this resource to be extremely helpful as well as a big time and money saver. But I’ve also had great cause to use it from a personal perspective as well which is probably the reason why I’ve gone to the trouble of creating this website.
The Gov-Resources.com website doesn’t just allow you to do free criminal background checks, it also allows to access a whole host of other databases – such as bankruptcy records, ancestry archives, birth records, marriage records etc. Recently my sister met a new guy and though she couldn’t quite put her finger on it, had some sort of premonition that there wasn’t something quite right about his story. When she spoke to me about this, I was able to quickly get online and conduct a background search on the Gov-Resources.com. Lo and behold – we found out that this guy was still married! (a little fact he’d managed to neglect telling my sister)
So, if you have a need or desire to ever do a free criminal records check, or indeed access any other public records database then I strongly recommeds that you check out the Gov-Resources website.
Good Luck and All The Best!
For anyone working in a company that’s responsible for hiring people then doing employee criminal background checks is a fact of life – and even more so since September 11.
Conducting criminal record searches is something that I’ve been doing for over 20 years now and thankfully the process has become a lot easier during that time. Prior to the Internet, I had no choice but to use employee screening agencies who would charge me a fee everytime a search was conducted. There was more work involved in doing the searches in those days so the fees were higher (around $100 per search from memory). These days you have online connectivity between all of the individual databases that are out there, so getting to the information is a lot easier, but nonetheless you’re still getting charged each time you conduct a criminal background search via 3rd party. Up until recently I was paying around $30 per search.
The information that you’ll find when doing a criminal records search varies from country to country and even from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In the U.S. criminal records are compiled and updated at the local, state and federal level by all of the various law enforcement agencies. These agencies will often now share this information with other similar enforcement agencies and this information will then usually made available to the public – although access to information pertaining to juveniles is not always readily available and nor can it be in some instances for adults if they’ve had their records sealed or expunged.
Obviously, with information becoming more readily available in the Internet age, I became less and less convinced of the need to use a 3rd party to do crb checks. I was pretty sure, that with access to the right tools I could do criminal record checks just as easily as the employment screening agencies – and hence began my search for a means to do a free criminal record search.
There’s obviously a lot of sites out there now who are advertising free access to criminal records, but my experience with some of these sites was that all they’d give you was a basic people search providing you with 20 year’s history of things such as addresses, phone numbers, marriages and divorces, but if you wanted access to a nationwide criminal report then there’d be an extra charge. This didn’t surprise me that much: it’s that old business adage – there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
However, I did come across one very comprehensive site that gave me access to all kinds of records (not just criminal) and with the payment of a once-off negligible fee – is allowing me to do unlimited free criminal record searches for a period of 5 years. This has amounted to a pretty significant saving both in terms of time and money. I shall tell you about this in detail in my next post.
My name is Stephen Hartford and welcome to my site that shows you how you can go about doing a free criminal records check.
It is company policy in the firm that I work for, that all prospective employees be subject to a background check. Up until recently, I’d always paid a third party do these checks on my behalf; but like a lot of things in business- there’s always the nagging suspicion that maybe this process could be done more quickly and at a lower cost.
So I set about to investigate ways in which I could maybe do this work myself. This site is about what I found when it comes to doing free criminal backgrounds checks.
I hope it helps!