Alias names are important because criminal records are sorted by name and date of birth. For example, if a woman is convicted under the name Susan Smith and then she marries, her name changes to Susan Jones. If records are searched under Susan Jones, they will be missed. Social Security Numbers have very little effect on an investigation. C-Net clients can choose from three searches: Current Name Only, All Names Provided (current name and maiden or other names), or All Names Provided and Developed (from SSN Trace).
Information Reported: All felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions and related activity on record are reported. The industry standard is to report any activity within the past seven years, however this may vary depending on state reporting guidelines. Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client's request. Pending cases and open arrest warrants are also reported as well as all available case disposition information.
Social Security Number Trace
The Social Security Number Trace (SSN Trace) provides a documented historical connection between an applicant and their SSN based on history of use, and death records as well as year and state of issuance, as captured by the credit bureaus. The SSN Trace may reveal use of multiple SSN and/or aliases (AKA's). Criminal records may be searched using AKA's found; previous locations of residence may be used to determine additional jurisdictions for criminal record searches.
Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service (CBSV)
CBSV verifies whether a name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination match the data in SSA's records. The submitted information is matched against SSA's Master File of Social Security Numbers (SSNs). The matching elements include: Social Security Number, name, date of birth and a gender code if available. Each SSN and name combination submitted to CBSV will be returned with a "yes" or "no" verification code indicating that the submission either matches or does not match our records. If applicable, we will report a death indicator when our records reflect that the SSN holder is deceased. Please note that the results obtained from CBSV do not confirm or authenticate "proof of identity".
CBSV requires the written consent of the SSN holder and the verification results may only be used for the reason which the number holder specifies.
Country Criminal Record Check
All criminal records are a result of an individual breaking an existing state law. They originate within a specific county of the state. These crimes are tried within the county courts and therefore originate and reside within that specific court or jurisdiction. Most often, these criminal records require a physical visit to the court to conduct the search. In some instances court records can be obtained electronically, however C-Net will not use these sources unless the data is as accurate as conducting a physical search.
Information Reported: All felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions and related activity on record are reported. The industry standard is to report any activity within the past seven years, however depending on state reporting guidelines this may vary. Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client's request. Pending cases and open arrest warrants are also reported as well as all available case disposition information.
Federal Criminal Record Check
Federal statues or laws are separate from state statues, therefore any crime and or conviction within the Federal Court System will result in those offenses and records being maintained within the Federal System. A search of county or state records will not find Federal Records.
Information reported: All felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions and related activity on record are reported. The industry standard is to report any activity within the past seven years. Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client's request. Pending cases and open arrest warrants are also reported as well as all available case disposition information.
Statewide Criminal Record Check
Not all states allow access to their criminal record repository. Where available, criminal records are searched at the State Central Criminal Repository. All counties report their criminal records to the state in which they reside, however the timelines vary greatly by county/state.
Information reported: All felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions and related activity on record are reported. The industry standard is to report any activity within the past seven years, however depending on state reporting guidelines this may vary. Longer periods or activity may also be reported and can be customized based on a specific client's request. Pending cases and open arrest warrants are also reported as well as all available case disposition information.
National Criminal Record Database
The National Criminal Record Database searches a proprietary criminal database containing over 300 million plus records. The criminal records comprising the database are obtained from county, state, and federal repositories as well as correctional institution and law enforcement records.
Information Reported: The National Criminal Record Database search is designed to broaden an established search criteria in an effort to capture information outside of scope and identify jurisdictions in which an applicant potentially has a criminal record. This search can also identify potential registered sex offenders. This search is not designed to be a primary research tool. It is instead designed to add to the efficiency of an investigation. Any record found should be validated by an actual search of court records. Employment decisions should not be made based on this database information.
National Sex Offender Registry
This nationwide search of registered sex offenders includes fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. This search accesses public information from each state. It lists sex offenders, who in most cases have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children. Caution: The National Sexual Offender Registry does not contain information on all convicted sex offenders. Some states provide information only for sex offenders with assessment scores of Intermediate or High. For example, California sex offender registry information is only available to employers hiring specific positions. No database search will contain all records, therefore a manual search by state and jurisdictions is recommended.
Terrorism Watch Check
Global Watch Alert checks numerous government watch lists, including individuals, organizations, and companies that have been placed on watch status by the United States Government, European Union, United Nations Security Council, World Bank or foreign governments. This search is important to your business because these individuals and entities may be a threat to global and national security and in most cases cannot be legally employed.
Civil records should be treated objectively when making employment decisions. C-Net recommends that your company establish a policy that clearly outlines employment decisions based on civil records.
Information Reported: Small claims, family court, and all other civil action on file are reported.
Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)
Driving Record check verifies an individual's driver's license number, the license status, the class of the license, expiration and issue dates, endorsements, restrictions and points (where available), violations, accidents, and actions taken against a driver's license such as suspension or revocation information. Information is obtained directly from the state of issue and each report contains all information provided by the state up to 7 years of history depending on each states reporting time frame.
Commercial Driver's License (CDLIS)
The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), established under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (CMVSA) of 1986, is the nation-wide computer system that enables State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to ensure that each commercial driver has only one driver’s license and that the State of Record (SOR) has the driver’s complete driver record. The system retains records of a driver's current commercial license and up to three previous licenses. A CDLIS only provides the state in which the driver currently has a commercial license and up to three previous licenses. CDLIS does not provide actual driving records, suspensions or specific violations.
DOT Verifications Of Employment
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Sec. 391.23) requires a three-year history of all DOT positions to be verified.
Information Reported: Work History, Drug and Alcohol history, Accident & Incident history, along with reasons for leaving, eligibility for rehire, dates of employment, title and performance history.
C-Net verifies all applicants' claimed education. Many employers require applicants to have a degree, and it is important to verify that applicants have earned education they claim.
Information reported: Dates of attendance, degree received, GPA (Where available)
C-Net verifies applicants' listed employment history. Nearly thirty percent of all application misrepresentations are made on employment history. C-Net confirms claimed history.
Information Reported: Dates of employment, positions held, reasons for leaving, eligibility for rehire, title held and performance history. C-Net can also find answers to customized questions.
C-Net will verify all applicants' professional affiliations.
Information reported: Dependability, integrity, character, and work ethic. Customized questions can also be requested.
Professional License Veriification
Validates reported licenses held by the applicant, through the specific licensing agency.
Information reported: Verifies that a valid license is held, license type, dates and professional standing.
Government Data Repositories
Various government departments maintain databases (lists of individuals or entities). These databases consist of people and entities that are excluded from participating in federally funded programs. They also include wanted persons or those who carry a special status. Examples include:
- The US Bureau of Industry and Security (denied persons list) - List of persons or entities on the Bureau of Industry and Security denied persons list. (U.S. import and export controls and regulations)
- Directorate of Defense Trade Controls List (prohibited persons or entities) - DDTC is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions list (USML)
- The US Office of Foreign Assets Control's list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons - Search of 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
- The FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists
- The Office of the Inspector General's List of Excluded Individuals/Entities in the delivery of health care services- Searches for persons or entities involved in patient abuse, health care fraud, or controlled substance felonies.
- The General Service Administration's List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-procurement Programs.
Information Reported: A check of the appropriate data repository is conducted and reported results include all information in the database.
Verifies an applicant's legal right to work in the U.S., using the DHS and SSA databases.
Information reported: Validates work status, social security number, and I-9 number.
A complete list can be provided upon request.