New York Background Checks

Health Street provides a full range of criminal background checks in New York, allowing companies to accurately screen job applicants before hiring. We offer a wide variety of employment screening ranging from a simple criminal database search to comprehensive investigative research of a person's criminal record, job history, credentials, and references. For quality, professional and timely background screenings, look to Health Street to provide your business with employment background checks in New York.

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What background checks in New York does Health Street offer?

Health Street's criminal background check packages always start with a Social Security Number Trace. From there, you can add specific background checks, choose from one of our most popular packages, or build your own.

Court Record Package

(starting at $99)

Search the Court Record Repository at the state or county level. This background check is an investigation of court records in the counties or states that a person has used their Social Security Number.


Platinum Background Check Package

(starting at $175)

Everything in Triple Database Package plus Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)

Ultimate Package

(starting at $250)

Everything in Platinum Package plus a 10 panel drug test.

Build Your Own Package

(prices vary)

Mix and match a variety of our background screening services to create your perfect package. This can include criminal database checks, sanctions, resume verifications, and drug testing.


Resume Verification

(starting at $39)

Check a person's job history, degrees, references, and certifications.


DOT Background Check

(starting at $39)

Ensure DOT compliance with our driver screening services.


City Background Checks

For information regarding background checks in a specific city, click the relevant link below:


Why Health Street For New York Background Checks?

Performing background checks in the [STATE-SLOGAN] involves knowing and following state rules and regulations which may stipulate what information can be taken into account when making hiring decisions. Requirements vary by state.

Performing background checks on your own is risky and can lead you into legal trouble. Hiring a background check company, known as a Credit Reporting Agency or CRA, is highly advisable. A credit reporting agency's job is to stay abreast of New York background check laws. Reputable CRA's help you avoid pitfalls such as:

Not uncovering criminal activity
Revealing too much information, including things that by law cannot be considered during the hiring process

The risk of uncovering too much information in a background check is significant. Laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandate that certain protected information cannot be considered by employers when making hiring decisions. When hiring in New York, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in New York.

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DOT Background Screening Services

If you are hiring truck drivers, you already know that you need to check back for three years of violations with prior companies and the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. You also have to check their New York motor vehicle report, of course.

Knowing and complying with these regulations can be daunting. Health Street removes the stress by conducting and storing your DOT background checks in the same, easy-to-access portal as your other driver file records. You can manage your DOT compliance and random pool in one place. We can provide you with:

New York drivers license check
Contacting prior employers from before January 2020.
Searching the FMCSA Clearinghouse on your behalf.

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Resume Review and Verification Checks

When evaluating a job applicant, the first thing a hiring manager tends to look at is their resume. But what if the schools attended, degrees earned, job titles held, and other credentials were embellished, exaggerated, or outright fabricated? Before making that hire, you can rest easy knowing that Health Street can add resume verification to our New York background checks.

Resume fraud is unfortunately all too common in New York. Our resume verification services provide a definitive check on everything listed on your applicant's resume. This includes:

education verification to confirm the degrees and certifications stated.
employment history to check that they have held the jobs claimed
professional license verification to confirm they have the certifications required.

Be sure that the person you want to hire is really who they say they are by ordering resume verification services from Health Street.

New York - Background Screening Info

Keeping Employees and Employers Safe in New York State

New York is a state where employers are permitted to conduct background checks for employment purposes. However, there are several limitations that have been placed on this practice, primarily related to the person's age at the time of the crime, as well as the current annual salary being offered for the position.

If the position being offered has an annual salary of less than $25,000, the background check may only report criminal convictions from within the last seven years. Any position being remunerated at above $25,000 may report all criminal convictions within the applicant's adult life.

In addition to restricting background checks based on the salary of the position in question, New York State also limits employers from asking about crimes that were adjudicated when the applicant was a minor.

In an effort to ensure that hiring practices remain fair, and to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in hiring, employers are encouraged to think carefully about rejecting an applicant just because a criminal conviction turned up on their background check. Employers should consider the nature of the crime committed, as well as how much time has passed since the conviction.

In fact, Article 23-A of New York Correction Law makes it illegal to deny an otherwise-qualified applicant just because of a prior criminal conviction. This law applies to most employers, with some exceptions like small businesses with less than 10 employees, and security-related professions like law enforcement.

Statistics on Crime in the State of New York

It's important to find the right background screening partner, to ensure that you're receiving as much information as you need without extra information that could put your company in danger of violating New York's anti-discrimination measures.

However, it remains your responsibility to protect your business. Crime in New York state is often associated with crime in New York City, but the truth is there's a lot to be wary of regardless of where in the state you're located.

Overall, violent crime in New York state is down by 8.5% since 2009, with 27.4% fewer murders in the same time frame.
Most other crimes have dropped by at least 1%, with some like motor vehicle theft dropping by as much as 39.9%, and burglary by 50.5%.
Aggravated assault in New York City is on the rise, with more than 30,000 people arrested for this crime in 2018 alone.


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