Frequently Asked Questions

How Far Back Do You Report Criminal Records?

Our National Criminal and State Criminal database checks will report as far back as the records are available.

Our County Criminal Check defaults to 7 years; however, you can manually select beyond 7 years up to 30 years.

Per FCRA there are some limitations on what can be reported beyond 7 YEARS:

These items of information are no longer reported if at any time it is learned that, in the case of a conviction, a full pardon has been granted or, in the case of an arrest, indictment, information, or misdemeanor complaint, a conviction did not result; except that records of arrest, indictment, information, or misdemeanor complaints may be reported pending pronouncement of judgment on the particular subject matter of those records.

NOTE:  Arrest Records, Complaints and any other Adverse Action WILL BE reported within the last 7 years from the date of the search requested. Beyond 7 years these records WILL NOT be reported - ONLY CONVICTIONS can be reported.

We do NOT Report Dismissed or Dropped Cases. Sealed or Expunged cases will NOT and CANNOT be reported.
We do REPORT Adjudication Withheld, Deferred Adjudication and PTI / PTD (Pre-Trial Intervention and Pre-Trial Diversion) Cases.

What is the National Criminal SUPERSEARCH?

Criminal SUPERSEARCH

What is SuperSearch?

SuperSearch is the largest instant criminal database search available in the market today.  It combines 3 major nationwide criminal databases to offer over 850 million criminal records from every state in the country – available in a single instant search. This is a 50 state check of criminal records, sex offenses, fugitive check, homeland security check and dui convictions (limited to certain states).

How do I run a SuperSearch?

You can order a SuperSearch just like you order any other search through your online ordering system.  All you need is the applicant’s name and date of birth, and you can order a SuperSearch along with any other standard background checks you do (county criminal searches, education and employment verification, and so on).

What makes SuperSearch better than other instant searches?

No instant search can claim 100% accuracy and 100% completeness.  SuperSearch combines three different individual instant criminal databases – each of which is often used on its own for other instant searches – to provide a far more complete and thorough search than a single-database instant criminal search.  This means that you are more likely to find possible problems that an applicant may be otherwise hiding, and you can protect yourself and your company from risk.

Will SuperSearch replace other types of county and state criminal searches?

SuperSearch is NOT intended to replace county-level searches and certain types of state-level criminal searches, but rather to complement them.  Instant criminal data has the advantage of being extremely broad-based, allowing you to quickly pull records from all across the country; county-level and state-level searches have the advantage of greater accuracy, and are often used to validate the results of an instant search.

Neither search is complete on its own.  County-level searches are the best and most thorough way to search, but there are around 3,200 counties in the country! Searching even a fraction of those counties individually is cost-prohibitive.  SuperSearch can search data from all those counties instantly, but since any database can contain some inaccurate data, the county-level searches are the best way to validate those results.  And state-level database searches from some states include data that’s not available to other databases or researchers.

InfoCheckUSA does NOT recommend the National SuperSearch as the primary or only resource for conducting a criminal background check. A County Level Criminal check should also be used in addition to the SUPERSEARCH.

NOTE: Instant Criminal Database checks will be delayed if there are "hits" due to a Quality Assurance Review of the records.


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