South Carolina Background Checks

Health Street's line of background checks in South Carolina delivers fast, meticulously researched data on an applicant’s criminal history, references, education and employment. We pride ourselves on providing what employers need to inform their decisions about the people they hire. South Carolina employment background checks give companies the assurance that their new hires have been fully vetted and won’t pose a risk. Verify if someone is being honest with you before you hire them - with South Carolina background checks from Health Street.

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What Background Checks in South Carolina 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

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Why Health Street For South Carolina Background Checks?

Performing background checks in the Palmetto State 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 South Carolina background check laws. Reputable CRA’s help you avoid pitfalls such as:

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Not uncovering criminal activity
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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 South Carolina, it is crucial to use a CRA that understands the complexity of background check laws in South Carolina.

South Carolina Background Check Laws

As an employer in South Carolina, you need to be sure you are following both federal and state laws to protect your company and to protect its applicants from discrimination.

South Carolina is not one of the 35 “ban-the-box” states, meaning that you have the right to ask about an applicant’s past criminal history and arrest record. There are also no state laws prohibiting you from using an applicant’s past criminal history when making hiring decisions.

In South Carolina, you have the right to obtain information on past convictions, whether they were found guilty or not, and arrests, as well as any dismissals.

Some jobs in South Carolina even require proper background checks. Those working in emergency medical services (EMS), for example, are required to get a fingerprint criminal background check by the FBI every time they apply for certification or recertification. Certain convictions may prohibit applicants from obtaining their licenses and keep them from careers in this line of work.

In addition to South Carolina’s state guidelines, you want to be sure to also abide by federal guidelines to avoid discrimination. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has guidelines in place to make sure that all reports are fair and accurate, and the applicant must authorize the background check. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is there to protect the rights of applicants and employees.

Crime Statistics in South Carolina

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The violent crime rate (violent crime being murder, sexual battery, robbery, and aggravated assault) in South Carolina decreased by 0.8% from 2016-2017.
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Violent crime has decreased by 49.8% from 1991-2017.
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Property crime in South Carolina has gone down by 2.6% from 2016-2017.
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Property crime has gone down by 39.8% in total from 1991-2017.
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Breaking and entering has also decreased by 58.5% percent from 1991-2017.
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Motor vehicle theft has decreased by 27% since 1991.

Crime in South Carolina by City

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The safest city in South Carolina is thought to be Aiken, which has a property crime rate of 8.26 per 1,000 residents.
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Aiken has a high ratio of law enforcement to residents, at 3.82 to 1,000 residents.
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Even though Aiken is thought to be the safest city in South Carolina, it still has a violent crime rate that is higher than the national average.
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The second safest city in South Carolina is Blufftown, with a violent crime rate of 2.21 per 1,000 residents.
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Mount Pleasant, SC comes in behind Blufftown as the third safest city in the state.

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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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

Resume Verification Services

Education verification and reference checks are also critical to the pre-employment background checks in South Carolina. Employers should also verify an applicant’s resume, confirming their:

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education and degrees
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job history
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professional licenses and certifications
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references.

Calling all of the schools and employers on a person’s resume to confirm if your applicant is telling the truth could take hours. Fortunately, Health Street can easily handle your South Carolina resume and employment verifications quickly and effectively. We will flag any discrepancies and report them back to you.

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Citations

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Avery, Beth. “Ban the Box: U.S Cities, Counties, and States Adopt Fair Hiring Practices.” National Employment Law Project (NELP), https://www.nelp.org/publication/ban-the-box-fair-chance-hiring-state-and-local-guide/
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“South Carolina Background Checks: What you need to know.” Business & Legal Resources (BLR), https://www.blr.com/HR-Employment/Staffing-Training-/Background-Checks-in-South-Carolina
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“Chapter 73 – South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.” South Carolina Legislature, https://www.scstatehouse.gov/coderegs/Chapter%2073.pdf
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“South Carolina Code of Laws – Title 44 Health.” South Carolina Legislature, https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t44c061.php
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“Crime in South Carolina 2017.” South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), https://www.sled.sc.gov/forms/statistics/2017%20Crime%20in%20South%20Carolina.pdf
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“Safest Cities in South Carolina 2020.” The National Council for Home Safety and Security, 19 January 2020, https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-south-carolina/