Driving records are of immense importance for ensuring that the company is not held liable for any automobile accidents that involve the employees that are running company errands, irrespective of the usage of company or personal vehicle. The report provided by us depicts the license status, holder, dates of issuance, expiration, violations, suspensions or other actions.
While some companies believe driving records should be used only if an applicant will be driving a company car, crimes are not isolated to where we live and work, and Information Direct Corporation believes motor vehicle information exposes important character issues. By searching an applicant's driving record, we learn about suspended licenses, failures to appear in court and arrest warrants. In addition, drug and alcohol related driving offenses, such as driving under the influence and possession of drugs, may serve as a warning of potential substance abuse problems that can affect job performance. Please note that California Motor Vehicle History Reports may only be ordered within a package of searches unless you have a CA DMV requestor code.
The Social Security Trace checks the validity of an applicant's Social Security Number. In Canada this is referred to as a 'Social Insurance Number'. If the number is valid, the trace will identify the year and state in which the number was issued. The Social Security Trace will alert you if the number has not been issued, if it was used in a previously filed death claim, or if it was used with any fraudulent activity. The trace also identifies AKA's that have been used and provides up to three (3) past addresses, which help in determining which counties we should search the applicant's criminal record.
Verifies the status of marriage license and whether or not it is valid. Dates, county or ordinance issued will also be indicated if available. Covering entire jurisdictions within the United States and Canada.
Verifies license status, holder, dates of issuance and expiration through the appropriate licensing board or agency within the United States and Canada. Report is generated within the same day of request.
County criminal searches are recommended to protect against workplace violence and employee theft. According to the US Census Bureau, there are 3041 counties or equivalent jurisdictions in the US. Beyond arrest records, county courts are the originating point for official criminal records and are typically more complete and up-to-date than records at the state level and contain felony and misdemeanor records, open warrants, and pending cases. The primary disadvantage of a county criminal record search is that the records are limited to a single county.
To help offset the impact of a single county search, most often criminal searches will be conducted in all counties in which the applicant has lived, worked, or attended school in the past seven years. Information Direct, Inc manually employs and dispatches court specialist researchers to perform ‘On site’ court record searches which includes both felony and misdemeanor convictions directly at the Superior and Municipal courts. This procedure is certified and recognized as the 'Only' correct method in obtaining quality 'hands on' information that is accurate throughout United States and other countries.
We will obtain a search of at least 7-years dept or further upon request. You are provided with all available details of convictions including charges, offense date, conviction date, disposition and sentence. In most cases and depending upon the jurisdiction, a criminal search is returned to the customer within 24 to 48 hrs elapsed working days of receiving the request. If a record is found on the individual, there may be a delay in turnaround time due to the fact that some records may be archived or may require assistance from the county clerk. Because many public indices contain only pointer information, and the actual records are held and controlled by the clerks, it is typical to expect court delays when researching the possible records.
Federal Criminal Records are a result of an individual committing a federal crime. Federal crime includes crimes like kidnapping, hijacking a plane and acts like illegal drugs and facilitation of drug trafficking.
Our expert agent of court specialists will obtain federal criminal reports for past 10 years directly from the federal courthouses nationwide. We will receive and provide you with full dispositions and most accurate up to date information. (This is a 'Hand-On' search, no databases are used to access you this information).
Why International Criminal Record Checks? The number of foreign-born workers in the labor force will only continue to increase as the baby boomer generation grows near retirement age. The addition of approximately 900,000 immigrants per year will continue to drive this change. There are very few countries that have a true 'national' or 'official' criminal search. The searches are usually limited to felonies or serious matters. However, even though the system for international criminal checks is not perfect, this still allows an employer to both demonstrate due diligence in the hiring process, and to also discourage applicants with something to hide, since all checks are conducted pursuant to a signed release under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
But Doesn't the Government check before they enter the country? The answer is yes and no. The U.S. Consulate (U.S. Department of State) requires certain documents for those aliens applying for an immigrant visa. A copy of a police certificate is one of the required documents. The consulates definition of a police certificate is a certification by the police or other appropriate authorities reporting information entered in their records relating to the alien. In the case of the country of an alien's nationality and the country of an alien's current residence (as of the time of visa application) the term 'appropriate police authorities' means those of a country, area or locality in which the alien has resided for at least six months. In the case of all other countries, areas, or localities, the term 'appropriate police authorities' means the authorities of any country, area, or locality in which the alien has resided for at least one year. A consular officer may require a police certificate regardless of length of residence in any country if he or she has reason to believe that a police record exists in the country, area, or locality concerned. However, according to the Department of State, there are 38 countries, including Mexico, where police certificates are not available. See below for a complete list.
Availability of Police Certificates For Immigrants According to US Department of State policy 9 FAM 42.63 exhibit XI, consulate personnel are instructed not to attempt to obtain police certificates in the following countries, as they are not available. It may be that the records do not exist, or that the government makes it so difficult to obtain the documentation that it will cause actual hardship to the applicant to require them to obtain it. A police certificate is only required of those applying for an immigrant visa. All non-immigrant visas do not have the same police certificate requirements. Non-immigrant visa applicants are asked if they have ever been arrested or convicted before. If they answer yes to that question, they are required, where available, to present a police certificate. If they answer no, then no further investigation is conducted.
There are many types of non-immigrant visas available. Some of the more prevalent ones are:
· F1 student visas. There are approximately 500,000 foreign students residing in the US on this type of visa · In addition to student visas, approximately 165,000 H-1B visas are issued each year. The H1-B is considered a non-immigrant visa. H1-B allows applicants with professional or specialized employment backgrounds to obtain employment in the U.S. for an initial three year period. Currently there are approximately 800,000 workers in the U.S. on H1-B visas. Previous projections for 2001 and 2002 put the number of H1-B visas to be issued at approximately 195,000 per year. · There are several other non-immigrant visa types including the J1 or exchange visitor visa, which is often used to bring in foreign workers in seasonal businesses. Numbers regarding the volume of these visas issued annually are unavailable.
Of course the Department of State does conduct some screening using law enforcement databases, but these searches are designed to keep out known terrorist and international fugitives wanted by Interpol, not the everyday citizen that may have had serious or minor scrapes with the law in their country.
Theoretically, an individual could enter the country under a student visa, change their status to H1-B if they gain employment and then request a green card. Under this process they would have never submitted a police certificate unless the INS required additional documentation in granting their green card.
Best Available Source The challenges involved in international criminal checks are many, but the primary issue is reliability of information. INFORMATION DIRECT is proud of our commitment to only use court data when conducting county criminal searches in the U.S. This is not possible in most foreign countries due to indexing issues and poor record keeping. Our international searches are conducted using the best available source of information - which means that the source of the information may come from:
· The court · Police · Prosecutor's office · A combination of sources to provide the best possible search available.
Just as with searches in the U.S., there are no guarantees. Our searches are conducted dealing either directly with court personnel, or when that is not possible, utilizing agents in the country being searched. These agents, which in many instances are private investigators or equivalents, utilize their contacts to provide a search that utilizes the best source of information for that town, city or country.
Average turnaround time is 7 to 10 business days depending on the country. If required we can provide you with certified documentation of our results found for extra fees.
Search by Plaintiff, Defendant, Attorney, or Case Number of Superior Court filings of $25,000 or greater. Information Direct, Inc can also search civil municipal court records (cases under $25,000), but does not recommend the search as civil records contain individuals' names only with no other identifiers.
Search of Federal district courts for civil cases involving alleged violations of federal statutes or constitutional rights. Cases may be brought by individuals, companies or governmental entities seeking monetary damages, an injunction, and/or another remedy provided by law. Case information will include will display the party name, case title, the court in which the case is located, case number, filing date, nature of suit and closing date.
Our bankruptcy records search retrieves any personal and commercial bankruptcy records directly from the US bankruptcy courts throughout United States and Canada. Most results are available within 24 hours.
A search is performed in the deed of records in the specific jurisdiction for all state and federal tax liens that are currently open and not released. The statute of limitations is 10 years filed against a specific individual or company. 'Hands On' inclusive search.
Our lien / judgment search retrieves information from local county jurisdictions and detail civil dismissal, personal and company tax liens, and other related information about it's status directly from the courts throughout United States and Canada. 'Hands On' inclusive search.
Our regional wide staff and network of court agents are on stand-by to order, view and obtain any court document of any courthouse document throughout United States and Canada per your request. Documents can be ordered as certified copies through the clerk of the court or standard photocopy per page.
USD $2.00 per page (standard photocopy) USD $10.00 per page (certified photocopy)
USA National Wants and Warrants search reports the active warrants, that are outstanding on an individual throughout the country. The report also includes any bail amount imposed by federal and state authorities.
Canada National Wants and Warrants search report the active warrants, that are outstanding on an individual throughout the country. The report also includes any bail amount imposed by federal and provincial authorities.
Worker’s compensation searches are highly recommended in manufacturing and production environments or wherever physical activity such as lifting is part of the job requirement. This information enables employers to avoid placing employees in positions that may pose risk of re-injury and identify habitual claim filers. Workers’ Compensation History is a statewide search available in most states, but must be conducted post-offer. The search identifies workers compensation claims against an applicant’s past employers. The history will report the last five (5) events and include case numbers, locations, case status, dates of injury, body parts injured, type of injury, and all party information including lien claimants.
Past Employment Verification is recommended for all employees. It is approximated that 40% of all resumes and employment applications contain falsified information. Our standard Employment Verification reports the employer’s name, applicant’s title, dates of employment, salary history (upon client’s request), whether they are eligible for rehire, and we ask for additional comments. We also offers an Employment Verification that adds questions about the applicant’s initiative, follow-through, growth potential, organization skills, adaptability and work ethic. Furthermore, the search also reports any available information on the attendance, performance.
A sex offender is typically an individual who has been convicted of a violent sexual crime such as rape, or a sexual offence against a child. Search in detail covers United States and Canada.
Per Megan’s Law, sexual offenders must register when they move. There are currently more than more than 386,000 registered sex offender nationwide. Sexual offender registry searches are statewide searches of registered sex offender at sheriffs office. recommends this search when companies have on-site childcare or other people at risk.
In Office of Inspector General search, the search is conducted over the Federal, Medicare and Medicaid sanctions. The report includes the lists of the individuals, parties or the entities prohibited from participating in the government programs. Moreover, the report also includes GSA (General Services Administration) sanctions list checks.