COUNTY LEVEL COURT RECORDS

When conducting a pre-screen background investigation, a criminal history is of utmost importance.  These searches typically are placed in two main categories: arrest records and court records.  The use of each category has its strengths and weaknesses, so it is important for you to evaluate what you are trying to achieve to determine which is best for your application.

County Level court records typically are housed within the courthouse at the county level.  To simplify the system, each county jurisdiction typically is broken into three levels.  The first and highest level is the district court, sometimes referred to as superior court.  At this level, you generally will find most felony cases.

The second level  is the county court.  At this level, you will find most serious misdemeanor cases.

The lowest level is the municipal court, sometimes referred to as city court.  At this level, you typically will find most minor misdemeanors and petty offenses, usually cases where the individual simply was issued a summons to appear in court.

When conducting a County level Court Record Search, TruDiligence always will search the first and second level courts, where available.  Municipal courts can be searched, but are considered a special request and will involve an additional charge.

Pricing is per name, per jurisdiction searched and may vary in some jurisdictions. Less than 1 percent of the counties charge court-imposed fees on all records ordered.  These fees are billed over and above the record retrieval costs.  Contact us for a detailed listing of counties with extra costs.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
USALL $12.00 INSTANT - 72 HOURS

STATE LEVEL COURT RECORDS

This system provides an interface to upper- and lower-level county courthouse records across the entire state. These courts typically hear felony charges and most misdemeanors. Municipal- or city-level courts may or may not be included, and this municipal coverage will vary by jurisdiction.

Searches are priced on a per-name basis.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
ALABAMASTATEWIDE $15.00 SAME DAY
ALASKASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
ARIZONASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
COLORADOSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
CONNECTICUTSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
IDAHOSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
IOWASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
MARYLANDSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
MINNESOTASTATEWIDE $10.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MISSOURISTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
NEW MEXICOSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
NEW YORKSTATEWIDE $80.00 24 - 72 HOURS
NORTH CAROLINASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
NORTH DAKOTASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
OKLAHOMASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
OREGONSTATEWIDE $15.00 24 - 72 HOURS
PENNSYLVANIASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
RHODE ISLANDSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
SOUTH CAROLINASTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY
UTAHSTATEWIDE $10.00 24 - 48 HOURS
VIRGINIASTATEWIDE $10.00 24 - 72 HOURS
WASHINGTONSTATEWIDE $15.00 24 - 72 HOURS
WISCONSINSTATEWIDE $10.00 SAME DAY

STATE LEVEL ARREST RECORDS

When you are conducting a prescreen background investigation, it is of utmost importance to obtain a criminal history. These searches typically fall in two main categories: arrest records and court records. The use of each category has its strengths and weaknesses, so it's important for you to evaluate what you are trying to achieve to determine which is best for your application.

Arrest records usually are housed at the state level in a databank maintained by the governing judicial body within each state. Many of these systems are fingerprint driven, meaning when an individual is arrested and fingerprinted those fingerprints are submitted to the state databank for tracking purposes. The records that subsequently are pulled indicate an individual's arrest record based on those fingerprint submissions.

If an illegible fingerprint card is submitted, the state will return it to be redone. By then, the subject already may have been released from custody and is not available to be re-fingerprinted. Subsequently, there will not be a record of this arrest in the system.

The primary disadvantage to most arrest record systems is they do not contain disposition information on the charges. This means you will not know if the person was convicted of the crime for which he was arrested. However, using arrest records also can be an advantage. The arrest record in itself may show a pattern that could pose a potential concern, depending on the position for which your applicant is applying. This pattern could be critically important, regardless of whether a conviction was entered, depending on the position you're trying to fill.

Finally, statewide records are not available in all states, and some states have lengthy turnaround times that may cause their use to be ineffective for your purposes. Therefore, it is imperative that you determine if arrest records will best suit your needs. All criminal searches are on a per-name, per-jurisdiction-searched basis.

Important Note: The validity of statewide systems also can be dependent upon their ability to get data from individual county jurisdictions. If a county does not update its data to the statewide system on a regular basis, or at all for that matter, the statewide system may have holes in its coverage area. Therefore, statewide records should be used only as a cursory review of an applicant's record. TruDiligence does not recommend the use of statewide records as a means of promoting due diligence in hiring practices or maintaining compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. County-level courthouse records are recommended for this purpose.

Statewide records are not available in all states, because some states restrict access to their statewide databases to law enforcement personnel only. The states currently available are listed with their respective prices and are priced on a per-name basis. The turnaround times quoted are averages and may vary depending on state backlog; therefore, they cannot be guaranteed.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
ARKANSASSTATEWIDE $20.00 24 - 72 HOURS
COLORADO (CBI)STATEWIDE $16.00 SAME DAY
DELAWARESTATEWIDE $25.00 24 - 72 HOURS
FLORIDASTATEWIDE $50.00 24 - 72 HOURS
GEORGIASTATEWIDE $15.00 24 HOURS
HAWAIISTATEWIDE $25.00 24 - 72 HOURS
ILLINOISSTATEWIDE $45.00 30 DAYS
INDIANASTATEWIDE $35.00 24 - 72 HOURS
KANSASSTATEWIDE $40.00 2 WEEKS
KENTUCKYSTATEWIDE $40.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MAINESTATEWIDE $40.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MASSACHUSETTSSTATEWIDE $70.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MICHIGANSTATEWIDE $30.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MISSISSIPPISTATEWIDE $25.00 24 - 72 HOURS
MONTANASTATEWIDE $30.00 24 - 72 HOURS
NEBRASKASTATEWIDE $20.00 24 - 72 HOURS
NEW JERSEYSTATEWIDE $20.00 24 - 72 HOURS
SOUTH DAKOTASTATEWIDE $40.00 24 - 72 HOURS
TENNESSEESTATEWIDE $45.00 24 - 72 HOURS
TEXASSTATEWIDE $20.00 24 - 72 HOURS
VERMONTSTATEWIDE $50.00 24 - 72 HOURS

NATIONAL CRIMINAL DATABASE

The National Criminal Database is a "third party" database which comprises records obtained from the state Department of Corrections and the Administrative Office of the Courts, where available. Coverage areas and update schedules vary by jurisdiction. Coverage details are available at http://www.trudiligence.com/docs/nationalcriminalcoverage.pdf.

National database systems are dependent upon getting their data from the individual state and county jurisdictions. If an individual state or county does not update its data to the national system on a regular basis, or at all for that matter, the system may have holes in its coverage area. Therefore, national database records should be used only as a tool to uncover areas requiring additional research.

TruDiligence does not recommend the use of national database records as a standalone search nor a means of promoting due diligence in screening practices or maintaining compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. County-level courthouse records are recommended for this purpose.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Should you choose to use the National Criminal Database as a broad search tool and a record is found, the search results automatically will be validated with a direct search of the source county courthouse records. This validation is required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act Sections 607 and 613 to ensure accuracy of the result provided by the "third party" database. Any additional cost associated with this process will be billed at published rates which currently are $8.00 and up for county-level court record verification.

A "no record" result will turn around instantly however, when this verification on "yes record hits" is required the results of the completed search will be delayed by 24 - 72 hours while the verification search completes.

Pricing is on a per-name-searched basis.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
USNATIONWIDE $10.00 INSTANT - 72 HOURS

FEDERAL LEVEL CRIMINAL SEARCHES

When conducting a pre-screen background investigation, a criminal history is of utmost importance.  These searches typically are placed in two main categories: arrest records and conviction records.  The use of each category has its strengths and weaknesses, so it is important for you to evaluate what you are trying to achieve to determine which is best for your application.

Federal-level searches involve cases in which a person was tried by the United States government in a U.S. District Court.  These searches are conducted using a public access system and are researched court by court.  The information returned will consist of the defendant's name, case number, case type and any available case details.  One disadvantage to the federal access system is that the defendant's identifiers usually are limited to name only.  Therefore, if a match is found, additional research may be required at the court level to confirm a positive identification.  If this is necessary, additional research costs may be incurred.  TruDiligence will contact you and gain approval before taking action that requires any additional research costs. All criminal searches are per name / per jurisdiction searched.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
USNATIONWIDE $10.00 LESS THAN 4 HOURS

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL RECORD SEARCH

International criminal record searches reveal crimes and offenses in a candidate's previous country of residence. Criminal background information is subject to availability based on the desired country's laws and regulations. Contact us about available countries as we are constantly expanding. Special release requirements typically apply.

Pricing is per name, per jurisdiction searched. Each country charges a court-imposed fee on all records ordered. This fee is billed, at cost, over and above the record retrieval cost.

Country   Cost Turn Around Time
AFGHANISTANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
ALBANIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
AMERICAN SAMOAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 1 - 5 DAYS
ANDORRAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ANGOLAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ANTIGUAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
ARGENTINAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 30 DAYS
ARMENIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
ARUBAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
AUSTRALIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
AUSTRIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 14 DAYS
AZERBAIJANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BAHAMASINTERNATIONAL $15.00 4 - 6 DAYS
BAHRAININTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
BANGLADESHINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
BARBADOSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
BELARUSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BELGIUMINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BELIZEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 20 DAYS
BENININTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
BERMUDAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 20 - 25 DAYS
BOLIVIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 6 - 8 DAYS
BOTSWANAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
BOZNIA AND HERZEGOVINAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
BRAZILINTERNATIONAL $15.00 6 - 8 DAYS
BRUNEIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
BULGARIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BURKINA FASOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BURMAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
BURUNDIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CAICOS ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 5 - 10 DAYS
CAMBODIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
CAMEROONINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
CANADAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 3 DAYS
CAPE VERDEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CAYMAN ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLICINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
CHADINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
CHILEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 4 - 6 DAYS
CHINAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
COLOMBIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 -1 5 DAYS
CONGOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 -15 DAYS
COOK ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
COSTA RICAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CROATIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CUBAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CYPRUSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
CZECH REPUBLICINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
DENMARKINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
DOMINICAN REPUBLICINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 -20 DAYS
EAST TIMORINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
ECUADORINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
EGYPTINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
EL SALVADORINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ENGLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ERITREAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ESTONIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
ETHIOPIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
FIGIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
FINLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
FRANCEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
GEORGIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 -10 DAYS
GERMANYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
GHANAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 20 DAYS
GIBRALTARINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
GREECEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
GRENADAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
GUAMINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
GUATEMALAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
GUINEAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
GUYANAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 20 - 25 DAYS
HAITIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
HOLLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
HONDURASINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
HONG KONGINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
HUNGARYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
INDIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
INDONESIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
IRANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
IRAQINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
IRELANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ISREALINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ITALYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
IVORY COASTINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
JAMAICAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
JAPANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
JORDANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
KAZAKHSTANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
KENYAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
KOSOVOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
KUWAITINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LAOSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LATVIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LEBANONINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LIBERIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LITHUANIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
LUXEMBOURGINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
MACAUINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MACEDONIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
MADAGASCARINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MALAWIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MALAYSIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MALIINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MALTAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MARIANA ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MARSHALL ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MAURITANIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MAURITIUSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
MEXICOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MOLDOVAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MONTENEGROINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
MOROCCOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 25 - 30 DAYS
MOZAMBIQUEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NAMIBIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NEPALINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
NETHERLAND ANTILLESINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NETHERLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NEW GUINEAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NEW ZEALANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 30 - 45 DAYS
NICARAGUAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NIGERINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NIGERIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NORTHERN IRELANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
NORTHERN MARIANNA ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
NORWAYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
OMANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PAKISTANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PANAMAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 1 - 10 DAYS
PARAGUAYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PERUINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PHILIPPINESINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
POLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PORTUGALINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
PUERTO RICOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
QATARINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ROMANIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
RUSSIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
RWANDAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
SAUDI ARABIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SCOTLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SENEGALINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
SERBIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 20 - 30 DAYS
SIERRA LEONEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SINGAPOREINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SLOVAKIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
SLOVENIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
SOUTH AFRICAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SPAININTERNATIONAL $15.00 20 - 30 DAYS
SRI LANKAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
SUDANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SWEDENINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
SWITZERLANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
TAIWANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 1 - 2 DAYS
TANZANIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
THAILANDINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
TOGOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 15 - 20 DAYS
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGOINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
TUNISIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
TURKEYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
TURKMENISTANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
UGANDAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
UKRAINEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 20 - 30 DAYS
UNITED ARAB EMIRATESINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
UNITED KINGDOMINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
URUGUAYINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
UZBEKISTANINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
VENEZUELAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
VIETNAMINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
VIRGIAN ISLANDSINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
WALESINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
WEST INDIESINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
YEMENINTERNATIONAL $15.00 10 - 15 DAYS
ZAMBIAINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS
ZIMBABWEINTERNATIONAL $15.00 7 - 10 DAYS

NATIONAL WARRANT SEARCH

This is a nationwide search for outstanding warrants on a subject.  The warrant must be active and the jurisdiction must be willing to extradite the subject on the charges in order for the warrant to show on this search.  In most cases, this search will return the date the warrant was issued and by which jurisdiction.  The charge or crime for which the warrant was issued typically will not be provided.  A subsequent search of criminal records may be necessary to gain this information.  This search is priced on a per name basis.

State County Cost Turn Around Time
USNATIONWIDE $15.00 24 - 72 HOURS

Pricing reflected is indicative of low usage. Volume discounts are available. Contact us for details.

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