New Mexico Background Checks

Health Street makes background checks in New Mexico easy with a complete array of comprehensive, precise and detailed employment background screenings. Our New Mexico background checks start with simple, fast criminal database checks and can be extended for a full view of a person’s history by looking at local and national records, educational records, past jobs,, and more. New Mexico background checks ensure you and your workforce are protected from an employee who lies on his or her job application or worse.

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What Background Checks in New Mexico does Health Street offer?

Criminal Background Check Packages

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.

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National Crime Index
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Sex Offender Registry
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Do Not Fly list
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Everything in Triple Database (above), plus:
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Courthouse Repository (State and/or County level)
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Resume Verification services to check a person’s job history, degrees, and references starting at $39
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DOT Background Check and driver screening services to ensure DOT compliance starting at $39

Why Health Street For New Mexico Background Checks?

Health Street combines industry knowledge, a committment to accuracy, and a spirit of fairness when performing background checks in the Land of Enchantment. Comprehensive employment screenings keep you and your business from stumbling into legal problems. A thorough background screening is essential to confirming that your new hires in New Mexico are qualified and honest.

Health Street’s combination of high tech and high touch make background checks in New Mexico fast and reliable. We offer simple, secure web technology matched with local court runners to protect your company.

Due diligence is critical. Poorly performed background checks can expose you in the following ways:

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Not uncovering a past criminal record.
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Revealing personal or excess information that cannot, by New Mexico employment law, be taken into account.

In either case, you could be held legally liable. It is critical that you stay in commpliance with local labor laws. Let Health Street’s experts conduct your background checks in New Mexico so you’ll know that your candidates have been fully and properly vetted before hire.

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New Mexico and the Criminal Record Expungement Act

Effective January 1, 2020, New Mexico’s Criminal Record Expungement Act allows individuals to have certain arrest convictions expunged from their records following a successful court petition. This same law also prohibits employers from asking applicants about any criminal records that have been expunged or sealed. When court officials are dealing with inquiries regarding expunged records, they must treat the matter as though it had never occurred. This means that the information will not show up on background check reports and will not be disclosed to potential employers.

An exception applies to applicants for positions with financial institutions that are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In this case, all arrests and conviction records must be disclosed.

Ban the Box in New Mexico

As of June 14, 2019, New Mexico joined the group of 35 states that have enacted “ban the box” laws. These laws are designed to provide individuals with criminal records a fair chance at gaining employment. They do so by banning the checkbox on applications that requires applicants to disclose whether they have ever been convicted of a crime.

In New Mexico, private sector employers are allowed to inquire about an applicant’s criminal history only after reviewing a job candidate’s application and conducting an initial interview. The law does not restrict employers from running a background check during the interview process or making an offer for employment contingent on the results of a background check.

Employers may also tell the applicant that they will perform a criminal background check and that the results may disqualify them from employment with the company. It’s important to note that in addition to state rules regarding background checks, employers must also follow the guidelines that are spelled out in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

New Mexico Crime Statistics

As an employer, it’s important to thoroughly screen each applicant before making hiring decisions. Conducting a criminal background check can help you to avoid hiring someone who may cause problems for your company or put your customers or staff in harm’s way.

Following are some relevant statistics regarding crime in New Mexico:

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The violent crime rate in New Mexico is one of the highest in the country; there are 8.6 incidents per 1,000 people here, compared to 3.7 nationwide
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Property crime rates are also significantly higher, coming in at 34.2 incidents per 1,000 people compared to 22.0 across the country
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Year-over-year violent crime increased in the state (7.8 vs. 8.6) but property crime went down (39.1 vs. 34.2)

DOT Background Screening Services

If your business hires truck drivers, DOT regulations require that you reach out to prior employers as well as check the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for violations. You also need to run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) to ensure that your drivers have a clean, safe driving record.

Health Street takes this work off of your hands and stores your New Mexico background checks securely in the same convenient online portal where you can manage your DOT drug testing and random pool. We contact prior employers, check the Clearinghouse on your behalf, and report it all back to you in a comprehensive background check report, that includes:

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Conducting historical research of New Mexico driving record
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Contacting prior employers from before the Clearinghouse began in January 2020.
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Checking the FMCSA Clearinghouse for drug and alcohol violations reported on or after January

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Credential Verification

Sometimes, the job candidate who seems to be most qualified is lying on his or her resume. In fact, it is quite common for people to misrepresent their education, degrees earned, and work history in order to qualify for a job that they otherwise would not obtain. An unqualified employee – especially one who forges aspects of their experience – creates serious risks for business leaders and HR executives.

Health Street’s background checks in New Mexico can verify a person’s resume, confirming the information that they have provided to you about their education, employment history, professional licensure, and degrees earned. We can even check references. Including these options on your background check in New Mexico gives you and your business the protection it deserves and the knowledge that you are hiring honest, qualified candidates.

Citations

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Burden, Lisa. “New Mexico Employers See Wave of Employment Law Changes in June.” Workest, 16 May 2019, https://www.zenefits.com/workest/new-mexico-employment-law-changes/#:~:text=The%20law%20prohibits%20private%20employers,applicant’s%20criminal%20record%20during%20interviews.
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Senate Bill 493, Relating to Criminal Records; Codifying Authority to Expunge a Criminal Record. 54th Legislature – State of New Mexico, New Mexico Legislature, https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0493.HTML
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“New Mexico Background Checks: What you need to know.” Business & Legal Resources (BLR), https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Staffing-Training-/Background-Checks-in-New-Mexico
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“Ban The Box States 2020.” World Population Review, https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/ban-the-box-states
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Edwards, Rebecca. “New Mexico’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020.” SafeWise, 5 August 2020, https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-new-mexico/#:~:text=View%20the%20complete%202020%20State,to%203.7%20across%20the%20country.