WHAT IS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK?

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Have you ever taken on a new job or responsibility, and found your employment pending on what your potential employer called a “criminal background check”? Never fear; this is not a subtle way of denying you the position. In fact, it’s a fairly common practice for businesses to run background checks on all employees, both new and old alike.

A criminal background check involves an extensive search through multiple records and databases to identify any criminal records, sex offender records, arrest history, citizenship, litigation records, and driving records. In some cases, particularly for positions within the federal or state governments or positions which require a good deal of paid driving time, these records may influence the employer’s decision to hire you.

If you are waiting for an employer to proceed with a background check, it may take 1-4 business days. This is because the employer must take the necessary time to go through the proper legal channels to obtain your personal records, as mandated by the business or corporation that he/she serves. Positions within the federal or state governments will require a much more thorough background check, incorporating not only your criminal history, but also your travel logs, habits & practices, frequented expenses, and financial records. This particular process can take much longer; even up to a month, if there is an extensive amount of data to study. However, for a more general search, the actual background check itself can take as little as fifteen minutes for a search and fifteen minutes for compilation/organization of the results. Most of the time delay takes place when transferring the records from the facility that has searched and compiled your information to the place of your potential employment.

A criminal background check is nothing to fear. Employers want to be aware of any legal difficulties that their employees have had in the past or are having currently, so as to make the best choices for the mutual benefit of both the business and the employee. In fact, if you are asked to submit to a criminal background check shortly after a job interview, it is likely a sign that the business is interested in hiring you.

Criminal Background Checks, We Do Those Too!

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Do you need an FBI or Maryland Criminal Background Check for your new job? Are you curious about how the process works? We receive background check requests all the time at Absolute Investigative, Fingerprinting, and Security Services. We are professionals and are licensed through the state of Maryland and the FBI to perform criminal background checks. We make the process easy and pain-free for both employers and individuals.

Most people think that employers are the only people who request criminal background checks and that they are only part of the employment process. This thought process is not true, criminal background checks are needed for a variety of different reasons, such as getting your Visa, Gold Seal Letters, or Individual Reviews. We know it may sound like a lengthy and arduous process, but it’s quick and simple.

Our fingerprinting services are one of our most popular offerings, and often go hand in hand with criminal background checks. In fact, fingerprinting is a huge aspect of the criminal record checking process. We make it easy with our three convenient locations and the LiveScan System. We take your fingerprints at one of our fingerprinting locations (digitally or using the old-school ink pads), then send the criminal record request to the Central Repository, where they will get back to us with the criminal background record.

If you are an employer and want to learn more about our fingerprinting and background check process, just give us a call. Or if you are an individual interested in a complete background check, we are here to help. We’ll have you in and out in no time, with the information you need, certified and 100% accurate. Stop by or give us a call today!

For criminal backgrounds checks, call the professionals at Absolute Investigative, Fingerprinting and Security Services today.