Background Screening, Explained

When it comes to background checks, a few moments of reading can save you from getting the wrong check...and the wrong background check is like no background check at all!
Jared Rosenthal
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Background checks are notorious for being more complicated than employers expect. If you want simple and fast, I hear you. But, you may end up wasting your time and money. Worse yet, you could end up with a lawsuit on your hands, or a criminal in your midst, or worse. Fortunately, my company, Health Street, devised simple packages and online ordering that makes it both simple for the employer and offers the best possible protection from criminals, offenders, and potential lawsuits. Health Street’s proprietary “Court Record Package” is our 3 step method that ensures the best protection for employers while ensuring the fastest response time for a reasonable price. We also offer database add-ons to this package which offer extended protection.

How does it work?

First, your company has to authorize us to run background checks on your behalf. Doing so requires filling out and electronically signing a simple online form. Then, we email your employees an electronic waiver to sign. That waiver gets stored in your secure online portal, and we run the check for you. There’s no printing or scanning – it all happens online. We record their electronic signature as proof of that authorization to protect you, and we even get a copy of their driver license and selfie! The results of the screening are reported to you securely on our portal. We’ll alert you via email when it’s ready to review.

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We search court records in state (or county) of current residence. (Some states permit statewide searches, while others allow county by county searches).
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We run a Social Security Trace to find past addresses (even ones the employee didn’t tell you about).
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We then search court records in past states or counties of residence.

What is a Triple Database Package

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We always start with a free Social Security Trace
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We run the National Criminal Index
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We run the Terrorism Registry (a/k/a the “do not fly list”)
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We run the Sex Offender Registry

Which package is better?

If you’re only picking one, go with the Court Record Package, hands down, every time. Due to the varying ways that thousands of counties around the country report into the national databases, the data is known to be problematic. Is a Triple Database Package worth running? Sure – if you also run the court record package. Now, a lot of companies ask, isn’t “national” better than running a court record search in just certain counties or states? In theory, that makes logical sense. However…

To give you the best possible protection, we send court runners – real human beings – into the courthouses around the country to research original files. The best practice is to check the counties and/or states where the person has lived and/or used their social security number during the past 7 years. If you also choose a database package, and a crime comes up in a jurisdiction that we haven’t searched for that person yet, we can add a court record search there, as well.

It sounds complicated!

It is, but it’s also easy, because we do all the work! Just fill out the electronic-application once, have your employees fill out the waiver online, choose a package, and we’ll do the rest.

Background check packages

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Court Record Package ($99 plus state fee)
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Platinum Package ($175 plus state fee). The best of both worlds – a triple database and court record package combined – at a discounted price!
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Ultimate Package ($250 plus state fee). The best of both worlds – a triple database and court record package combined – at a discounted price!

We also provide various a la carte specialized background check services which search all kinds of records, such as employment history, licenses, health care fraud, you name it!

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Jared is the Founder of Health Street, the creator of the Who's Your Daddy DNA truck, and the host of VH1's Swab Stories.

WRITTEN BY

Jared is the Founder of Health Street, the creator of the Who's Your Daddy DNA truck, and the host of VH1's Swab Stories.

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