How Do I Access the Best Criminal Records Search?

Criminal Check

A thorough criminal background check will give you more reliable information.

A national criminal records search is easy to perform; just go online, use a service, and you’ll have search results at the click of a button. But are these fast and easy results trustworthy? Comprehensive? The answer is no.

The National Criminal Database is a proprietary database that contains records from three sources: court records, law enforcement agencies, and corrections agencies. The records contained in the National Criminal Database are “static”, meaning that they do not update as court cases change. In contrast, a court computer database is “dynamic”, meaning that it does update as a case information changes.

Why an Internet Search Falls Short

You may use the National Criminal Database online to research prospective employees. It’s fast and relatively cheap. But if you want a really comprehensive search, you’ll turn to a pre-screening agency, like AIR Pre-Hire. Here are just a few shortcomings of an internet search that you may not know about.

  • Geographic coverage. While “national” is in the name, it’s actually unlikely that the search reaches out to every area of every state. Even a statewide search falls short of being completely statewide.
  • Completeness. There are several reasons an online database could be incomplete. The state usually does not keep exact records from every county, and even those that are reported can lack sufficient detail about the case. And, as mentioned above, online databases are “static”, so they do not update as cases change.
  • Timeliness. The information in an online database is not updated in real time, so you may be looking at outdated information. Usually, the state will update databases at a set time, like monthly or quarterly.

How AIR Pre-Hire Goes the Distance

When you hire an employment pre-screening company, you know that you’ll get more detailed, more up-to-date criminal records. We don’t stop at the National Criminal Database; our researchers also utilize the county, state, and federal criminal records indexes. We make sure that the criminal background information we provide is comprehensive, detailed, and current. We also offer a nationwide sex offenders search for those businesses that may involve work with children. We’re committed to providing you with all the criminal background information you need to create a safe work environment for your employees, co-workers, clients, and anyone else involved with your business.


AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening.

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