Our Services

Employment Screening

 

We offer a variety of products to design screening programs for all types of organizations.

 

Personal Identification

 

Person Search-SSN Validation-Alias: Person Search provides up-to-date information on an applicant’s past addresses and movement patterns based on name and social security number (SSN). Person Search provides a report with the following: full name and/or alias names used by an applicant, dates at listed addresses, age/date of birth, and available phone information. Person Search is an investigative starting point that provides a more complete background search when combined with additional screening services. In-depth time period coverage of up to 30 years for a more accurate and complete search.

Social Security Validation includes information on the validity of SSN, other possible names or addresses associated with a SSN and the state and year of issuance. Additionally the SSN is matched with the Social Security Administrations Master Death Index to look for numbers of people reported deceased.

Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV):  CBSV service is the recommended and preeminent SSN verification method administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) with access direct to the SSA Master File and Death Index. No other method of SSN verification can make that claim. Direct access to the SSA Master File and Death Index, 100% accurate verification of Name, SSN, DOB, Gender, and Death Indicator Online access with almost instant results, Verification for every type of business purpose

 

Criminal Records

 

InstaCriminal Multi-jurisdictional Database¹: A powerful, multi-jurisdictional search of over 245 million state and county criminal records. This database is compiled from counties, Department of Corrections (DOC) and Administration of the Court (AOC). This is an effective tool for discovering additional jurisdictions where criminal offenses may have occurred outside of an applicant’s indicated residential and employment address history. Any potential records would need to be verified through an onsite courthouse check. InstaCriminal Multi-Jurisdictional Alias runs the subject, develops alias names and runs true and alias names through the Multi-Jurisdictional Database.

County Level Courthouse Search: Safe-Screen combines the human expertise of public records research specialists with the high-end technology of automated research online.

Safe-Screen has access to court maintained information in over 2500 courts covering over 1900 jurisdictions nationwide. This automated solution creates a faster, more accurate data-gathering process for our clients.

When a County Level Criminal Record Search is ordered, our system routes requests to those jurisdiction in which we have direct court record access online. You will either receive a “Clear” or, if there is a “Match”, the full case details will be returned almost immediately, profoundly accelerating your turnaround times. This often applies to not only County Level searches but Statewide Repositories as well.

If there is a “Match” indication and additional research is required or for jurisdictions that are not accessible online, Safe-Screen instantly assigns that search to an experienced court researcher or in-house investigator for completion at any of the 3,144 counties or county equivalents in the US.

State Wide Searches: Some states have and allow for a statewide search through a statewide repository, an administrative office of the court and in a few cases where the above is not available, but each individual county court is searchable via electronic means, we can run state wide criminal records searches.

Federal Criminal: A search of the US District Court Criminal index by each individual district and nationwide.

Global Security Watch List:A database compiled from lists provided by U.S. and other international governmental agencies of individuals who may be involved in terrorist activities, money laundering, illegal imports, fraud against government agencies, violations of federal banking regulations, and fugitives from justice. Information may include date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, employment or group membership or affiliation. Includes: Alabama Medicaid – Suspended Providers, America’s Most Wanted Fugitive List, Australia Sex Offender Registry, Australian Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Sanctions List, Australian Reserve Bank Sanctions List, Bank of England Sanctions List, California Medi-Cal – Suspended and Ineligible Providers, Connecticut Dept. of Social Services – Admin Actions List, DEA Diversion Control Program – Admin Actions against Doctors, DEA Diversion Control Program – Cases against Doctors, Delaware Adult Abuse Registry, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls – Debarred Parties List, European Union Terrorism Sanctions List, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs – Debarment List, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs – Warning Letters, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) – Failed Bank List, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) – Enforcement Decisions and Orders, Federal Reserve Board – Enforcement Actions, FinCEN – Enforcement Actions, FINRA – Disciplinary Actions, Florida Medicaid – Sanctioned Providers, Fugitive List, Health Resources and Services Administration – Health Education Assistance Loan – Defaulted Borrowers, HM Treasury – Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions, HM Treasury – Investment Ban List, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) – Enforcement Actions, HUD – Limited Denials of Participation List, Idaho Medicaid Provider – Exclusion List, Illinois Casino Exclusion List, Illinois Office of Inspector General – Sanctioned Providers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – Most Wanted, Interpol Most Wanted, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) – End User List, Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment – Abuse Registry, Kentucky Medicaid – Excluded Providers, Maryland Medicaid – Exclusion List, MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, Mississippi Medicaid – Excluded Providers, Missouri Casino Exclusion List, Monetary Authority of Singapore – Enforcement Actions, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) – Administrative Orders, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) – Most Wanted Fugitives, Nevada Gaming Control Board – Excluded Person List, New Jersey Casino Exclusion List, New Jersey Dept. of Treasury – Debarment List, New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General – Exclusion List, New York Stock Exchange Regulation – Disciplinary Actions, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – Specially Designated Nationals List, Office of Inspector General (OIG) – Health and Human Services Exclusion List, Office of Inspector General (OIG) – Most Wanted Health Care Fugitives, Office of Regulatory Affairs – Disqualified, Restricted and Assurances List for Clinical Investigators, Office of Research Integrity – Public Health Service – Administrative Actions List, Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) – Enforcement Actions List, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) – Canadian Sanctions List, Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) – Enforcement Actions List, Ohio Medicaid – Sanctioned Providers, Ohio Medicaid – Suspended Providers, Palestinian Legislative Council List, Pennsylvania Medicheck – Precluded Providers List, Politically Exposed Persons List, SEC – Enforcement Actions, South Carolina Medicaid – Excluded Providers, Tennessee Dept. of Health – Abuse Registry, Texas Employee Misconduct Registry, Texas Health and Human Services Commission Medicaid and Title XX Provider Exclusion List, TRICARE Sanctions List, UK Disqualified Directors List, United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – Disciplinary Actions, US Dept. of Commerce – Denied Persons, Unverified, and Entity List, US Dept. of Labor – Forced and Child Labor List, US Dept. of State – Foreign Terrorist Organizations List, US Dept. of State – Nonproliferation Sanctions, US Dept. of State – Terrorist Exclusion List, US Dept. of Treasury – Primary Money Laundering Concern List, US General Services Administration (GSA) – Excluded Parties List, World Bank Listing of Ineligible Individuals.

 

VERIFICATIONS

 

Sex Offender Search: Criminal records databases compiled from sex offender registries from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Photos, or links to photos, of the offenders are provided where available. Further research and verification is strongly recommended on any hits received.

Driving Records: Instant connection to the department of motor vehicles (or equivalent) with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 6 Provence’s in Canada. A few states have response times of next day to several days. May include Name, Address, City, State, Zip, DOB, DL Issue Date, DL Expiration date.  May Include Status Endorsement History on Driver, such as Accidents, Suspensions, Violations, and More.

Employment Verification: We verify the applicant’s current or previous employment, based on the policy of the employing organization.  We maintain an electronic Rolodex of thousands of companies with Verification of Employment contact information.  Some organizations outsource Verification of Employment (you can as well, ask us how!) to third parties such as TWN, Vault Verify and others and we can connect with them to obtain the information. Other companies require phone calls or faxing releases to them, we take care of all of that for you.

Education Verification: We obtain official records wither by phone call, fax to the institution or through our electronic connection with the largest clearing house of education records.

Reference Checks: Telephonic interview with a listed reference such as a friend, associate, colleague or supervisor.  The reference is called at least once a day for up to three days and when reached, asked a series of questions that can be customized for your position.  Our reference calls are conducted from a US based call center that is open 24/6 and is able to handle a variety of languages. A reference can return a message at 2:00AM and we can complete the verification.  The status of each reference check is updated in our system daily.  Reference checks specifically targeting Basic employment related, Supervisor, Professional, Personal, Department of Transportation (DOT) employment related and DOT employment, drug/alcohol interview are all available.

Employment Credit Reports: Our Employment Credit Report helps assess a candidate’s financial responsibility by providing comprehensive credit history and public record information in a more descriptive format than a standard credit report.  The Credit Summary provides a way to analyze the different categories of information within the credit file, such as the number of mortgage tradelines or the number of past due accounts. Our credit summary presents a concise snapshot of a consumer’s financial profile by summarizing information from public records, tradelines (both status and type), collections and inquiries.  May not be available in all states or for all employment purposes due to various laws restricting access to such reports.  Any employer requesting employment credit reports will be required to undergo an on-site inspection by a third party verification company in order to comply with credit bureau regulations. There is a fee for this inspection.

Public Credentials Verification: We verify through the issuing source credentials such as Doctors, Nurses, Attorneys, Architects, Certified Public Accountants and other professional licenses.

Private Certification Verification: We verify through issuing authorities certifications such as

 

International

The following services are available in over 160 countries.  Telephone calls placed, reference check interviews, etc. are all performed from within the United States, 24 hours a day, 5 day a week. Varying time zones and languages are not a problem. When searches are conducted in the country in question, only that information that is needed to accomplish the search is released outside of the US.

International Criminal: Searches are conducted for crimes and offenses that are comparable to felonies in the United States or upper level (usually District) court actions in the US.  Safe-Screen will report less serious offenses when they are found.  Years covered in search vary by country. Average turnaround time is 5 – 10 business days, although some countries can be considerably longer. Due to changing conditions, pricing is not quoted on the Safe-Screen system.  When you order an international criminal or civil records check, we will contact you with price and anticipated turnaround time.

Other international services include;

Identification Verification

Education Verification

Employment Verification

Reference Checks

 

Laws and regulations change all the time. Some of the above services may not be available to you based on what type of organization you are and where you are located. Services subject to change and availability.
¹ Multi-jurisdictional Database is a powerful, virtually instant multi-jurisdictional search of hundreds of millions state and county criminal records.  This database is compiled from counties, Department of Corrections (DOC), Administration of the Court (AOC), and state sex offender registries from across the country. While the results are returned to us virtually instantly, we do not release any “hits” or records to our clients instantly.  Any “hit” or record located would need to be verified with original source material from the court where such criminal record originated to insure identity of the applicant, accuracy of the data and to insure the most up-to-date data is being reported.
In addition, some employment background screening firms sell “national criminal records” to employers without appropriate safeguards to ensure that the information they are delivering is accurate and up to date. We believe that criminal records databases are valuable sources of information if they are used in a responsible manner. We are concerned that these practices do not appropriately protect employment applicants from avoidable harm. Likewise, employers are placed at increased risk of litigation and public relations problems when their employment background screening partners employ these practices. Additionally the term “national criminal records check give the impression that all sources of criminal records, nationwide are checked when in fact, there is no one source for all records to include the FBI’s National Crime and Information Center.
Background screening firms participating in the industry group Concerned CRAs have certified that their practices conform to the Concerned CRAs guidelines:
When using criminal records in databases in the context of employment-related screening, exclusive of the screening of volunteers, tenants, and other non-employment relationships:
1. Criminal records databases compiled by non-government entities will only be used as indicators of possible records. Prior to making any report to an employer about a criminal record from a database, the CRA will verify the information directly with the reporting jurisdiction. This ensures that employers make decisions based on accurate and up-to-date information.
2. Current or prospective employer clients will be provided information about the limited nature of criminal records databases and the importance of researching each applicant’s criminal history in the jurisdictions in which the applicant currently or previously has lived or worked.
Ultimately, we are concerned that ongoing media coverage related to errors in background checks and the potential for litigation and overreaching legislative solutions place our profession and our clients at risk.
Offshoring of Consumer Information
Some employment background screening firms send individuals’ sensitive personal information (i.e. social security numbers and financial account information) off-shore to be processed. We believe that sending such information off-shore places both applicants and employers at risk and should be avoided whenever possible. Alternatively, when personal information is sent to other countries, applicants and employers should be made aware of this practice in advance.
Background screening firms participating in Concerned CRAs have certified that they practices conform to the Concerned CRAs guidelines:
No-Offshore Data:
 1. Domestic Background Screening: Where a CRA is providing background screening services for consumers in the United States based upon information available in the U.S., a firm displaying this seal certifies it does not send data outside the U. S. or its territories for processing or preparation of a background report or for any other reason. All work is done in the U.S.
 2. International Screening: Where there is an international background check for verification of employment, education or a professional degree, or for a criminal record check, some information may have to go off-shore by necessity since the information being sought is off-shore. However, firms displaying this seal have taken measures to protect personal and confidential data:
 a. Documentation or information such as passport numbers or unique identification numbers and date of birth are not sent to anyone overseas other than the actual verification provider, e.g. employer or school registrar, whenever possible.
b. Where it is necessary to utilize a local firm, the local firm will first be asked to provide local contact information so that the CRA can contact the foreign verifying party directly.
c. If due to infrastructure or other issues in a foreign country a foreign research firm must perform the verification, then the CRA or its agent has properly vetted the local firm, and will redact any unnecessary information.
 3. Where a CRA utilizes a third party service to perform domestic or international services in connection with providing background reports, firms that adopted this standard have made reasonable inquires to ensure that any provider is also following this standard.
        
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