Nanny Background Checks

Nanny Screening services are now provided by AAA Credit Screening Services. If you have someone in mind that you want to leave your children with while you are at work during the school year as well as the summer, running a background check will give you peace of mind. Nanny screenings can include criminal records, identity confirmation, driving records (if they are planning on driving your children around, this is essential) and more. hand-in-hand-2070764
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Online Databases: What is falling through the cracks

If you want to know something in the information age, it is usually right at your fingertips.
Since we are oncrackse web search away from knowing the life expectancy of a bob cat or the proper way to install hardwood flooring, it may come as a surprise that criminal records aren’t as readily available.

While some courts do have online databases that an employer or landlord can search for criminal or civil records, and there are some databases that compile information from multiple sources, the fact is that the overwhelming majority of criminal records – 70% – are NOT available in the form of online searches. Where does this leave you, the employer or landlord? There are two options: first, you could use a consumer reporting agency, such as AAA Credit Screening, for your criminal reporting. AAA Credit Screening’s nationwide, statewide, and countywide reports include those records you DON’T see in your online searches, with the up-to-date information that you need to make your hiring or rental decision.

The second option is to take a chance – maybe your applicant’s legal history won’t be a part of the 70% of assault, robbery, or other records that fall through the cracks of online databases. However, this is a big chance to take when it is your workplace or property at stake – so be sure to choose wisely.

Differences between Federal and National Criminal Reports

What is the difference between a Federal Criminal Record Report and a Nationwide Criminal Record Report? While these two reports sound like they would contain the same or similar information, the criminal records contained in them are very different.

National Criminal Reports include misdemeanors or felonies committed all over the country. The databases searched for our National Criminal Reports include county courts, police records, state criminal records, and more.

Federal Criminal Reports include crimes that were prosecuted in federal court, such as fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion.

Knowing which report is best for you is an important part of the background screening practice. For more information on federal or national criminal reports, or to find out which criminal report is best suited for your employment or tenant screening process, contact AAA Credit Screening today!

Fingerprinting – The FBI Database

finger-scanHuman fingerprints are as unique as snowflakes. Because of this, the use of fingerprints as an identifier have been in use for over 100 years. In June 1892, a woman named Francisca Rojas was the first person to be convicted by the use of fingerprint evidence. This case paved the way for the world to utilize fingerprints as an identifier. It is still the most commonly used forensic evidence throughout the world.

Even though fingerprints are extremely unique, full examination and classification of the print must be performed. The classification method that was used most often was The Henry Classification System. It has been the influential source for the technology used by the United States FBI to quicken the searching of fingerprint records.

Today the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) of the FBI, which is a component of the Fingerprint Identification Records System (FIRS) contains fingerprints of nearly 70 million individuals.

Some things to consider-

Unfortunately, not all criminal records have a fingerprint associated with it, and not all state criminal records meet the standards for inclusion in the FBI’s database. While it is still the largest criminal records database, a fingerprint search may not be inclusive of an individual’s complete criminal history. Only about half of all records contained in the IAFIS actually have a final disposition (verdict). Also, it generally takes state/county repositories nearly a month to update records in the FBI database, creating lags and possible inaccuracies among the records.

The silver lining –

Your background screening company has the tools and experience necessary to properly obtain the complete criminal records of any applicant without utilizing the FBI’s database. Identifiers such as name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and past addresses are used instead of fingerprints leading to proper identification.

AAA Credit Screening Services, will always provide the most up to date, accurate, and complete records available.


What will show up in a criminal history check?

Taking a look at criminal history checks and the many misconceptions that are tied to them.


  • Nationwide Criminal

Misconception: A nationwide criminal check will encompass all records for an individual though out the country.

Truth:  Although this may seem like logical reasoning, it is indeed wrong. A nationwide criminal check can miss many convictions on a state and local level. There are no regulations that require states or counties to report to a national level, leaving records often missing important information about the individual. The nationwide search will include the state sex offender registry data, but further research is always needed as many of the databases are not up to date. Nationwide searches are most effectively used to “fill in the gaps” for additional state or local searches not defined by current residence.

  • Statewide Criminal

Misconception: As soon as the courts decide on verdict, the record is updated.

Truth: The records are not automated. A state court must manually input the data into the record. Generally the records are updated very quickly, but that is not always the case. Also, not all counties report to a state level, so even if the applicant makes you aware of a specific record in a state, the statewide search may not contain the record. Though this type of search is likely more inclusive of up to date county records than a nationwide, records often lack critical case identifiers, prompting further investigation before a record can be released.

  • Federal Criminal

Misconception: A federal crime, such as bank robbery or drug trafficking, will show up in a nationwide, statewide, or countywide criminal search.

Truth: Federal crimes, also referred to as “white collar” crimes, are reported on a federal level only. With that being said, there is not a federal search that contains records for the entire nation. There are even many jurisdictions or districts within each state that have to be searched on an individual level.

  • County Criminal

Misconception: Every county level criminal record report will always be returned in the same amount of time.

Truth: A county level report requires research at the individual courthouse being searched. Each courthouse has their own set of business hours and days. When attempting to obtain the records from a courthouse, the screening agency will have to work within the hours of availability set forth by that courthouse. Fortunately, when the record does come back, it has already been verified with identifiers that match the applicant to the record. Additional investigation is not required when this type of record is pulled, and provides the most accurate and current source of information.

There are other general misconceptions about criminal reports.

Misconception:  When a record is pulled, an individual’s entire criminal history will be shown.

Truth:  The FCRA governs the reportable information contained in a record as well as the length of time that the information may be reported. Following the most stringent guidelines, only convictions occurring in the last seven years will be reportable. Arrest records, deferred adjudication, offenses before the age of 18, and any offense occurring longer than seven years prior will not be shown.

Misconception:  Records are always correct.

Truth:  There is no guarantee that the record for an individual is 100% accurate. While courts and reporting agencies strive to maintain accurate information, there is always room for error. The data contained in a record is input by hand, and unfortunately no human is perfect. There are procedures set in place by the FCRA to allow for investigation in the event that the information is not correct. If during the investigation, the record is found to be inaccurate, it is changed to reflect the appropriate information.

While there are many more misconceptions concerning criminal reports, your background screening company should always be able to answer your specific questions regarding the subject.