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Background checks have been very common in the past few decades, and until a certain point, they were mostly performed by employers. The age of digitation and access to the internet has allowed legal entities to upload criminal records online and provide the data to the general public.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the general public is allowed to get access and view certain criminal records. Thanks to an accurate and quick online criminal records search, ProPeopleSearch provides its users with criminal records reports that you can use in various situations.


What are Criminal Records?

As of 2020, one in three adults in the United States has a criminal record, emphasizing the importance of performing criminal records checks. Criminal records are records that are maintained by law enforcement agencies in the country, and they contain the following:

  • Name of the perpetrator
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Mugshots
  • Fingerprints
  • Convictions
  • Court information
  • Offenses
  • Traffic violations


There are cases in which criminal records are not available: in juvenile cases, when criminal records are expunged and when criminal records are sealed.

Why Do I Need to Perform a Criminal Records Search?

Research has shown that a crime is committed every 25.3 seconds, so it is likely that you will come across people who have committed at least one crime during their lives. A criminal records search is helpful in many cases, such as:

Meeting people online – we live at an age where we can meet people online for romantic, friendly, or business purposes. Unfortunately, there are many people who are dishonest about themselves and their past, each for their own reason. People you speak to online are not likely to disclose information about their criminal past, so you need to perform research for yourself. Whether you are planning to go on a romantic date or meeting an online friend, a criminal record search can help you protect yourself from people who are potentially harmful.


Finding accurate data about individuals – aside from criminal records' data, a criminal records report also provides accurate public record information about individuals. By performing a criminal records search, you can find out people's real name, their aliases, their birth date, whether they were married, if they have outstanding warrants and more

Performing a self-check – if you have a criminal record that has been expunged or should not be available to the public for any reason, it is advised to perform a criminal records' check on yourself. the ProPeopleSearch directory will give you access to your personal records, and you will be able to see whether there are mistakes of information that should not be disclosed to others.

Employee Criminal Records Search

Searching for public records is part of the job screening process, and employers are mandated to perform these checks for the safety of their employees and customers. To perform the employee background check, employers must first get the consent of a potential employee.

Before the check, prospective employees must fill out a consent form and provide their social security number so that employers can perform the check. The forms are transferred to third-party companies that perform the check. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has determined guidelines for employee background checks, and it allows to search for the following data:

  • Education history
  • Property ownership
  • Drug test results
  • Driving records
  • Credit history
  • Medical records
  • Military records
  • Court records
  • Vehicle registration
  • Compensation

Once the background check is complete, the employer will continue the job screening process. Despite employee background checks containing criminal records information, employers are prohibited from using a criminal past as a reason not to hire individuals.

However, if a criminal record is directly related to a certain position, it could be used as a basis for turning down applicants. For instance, if someone is a registered sex offender with a criminal sexual past, he/she will not be hired to work at a school.

Despite the accuracy of background checks, there could be cases where false information is provided to employers. Also, information that should have been expunged should not appear in these checks.

To make sure that employers and other people do not find false/expunged information about you, you should perform a criminal record check on yourself. If you find data that should not be available to the public, you can file a request to correct or delete it with the property authorities.

While ProPeopleSearch provides access to criminal records, it is not a consumer reporting agency and its services should not be used for employee screening. To find out more about the permitted use of the website, please go to our "Do's and Don’ts" page. We will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have with our professional 24/7 customer support service

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