The Road Less Traveled: Using the National Database for Criminal Background Checks

Nick Fishman

National Criminal Database Background Checks


The name National Criminal Database can be deceiving. To some the name might suggest that the database is a full compilation of criminal records from every court in the country, but the record you’re looking for might not be found there. This leaves employers wondering, should this database be used at all for criminal background checks? Our panelists discuss the best practices for utilizing this tool in employment background checks. Watch the video above for more information.

Best practices indicate that the National Database should be used, but with a few considerations in mind:

  • False positives may be reported if this source is used as a stand-alone.
  • When a record is found, it should be verified at the source, typically the county court.
  • Individual attention should be given to each search—and examined on a case by case basis.

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Quick Takes is a video series blending together bits of experience and expertise from EmployeeScreenIQ’s background screening experts. With a newsroom feel, discussions surround the latest issues in the background screening industry. All of the videos were filmed unscripted-giving you the opportunity to hear genuine responses from the professionals. Topics range from social media background checks to conducting a thorough criminal records search. We’re releasing a new video every month, so stay tuned.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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