City-State-County-Employment Screening

City-State-County-Employment Screening Background Checks

We provide employment background checks to all City, County and State governments.

We also provide employment screening to municipal services agencies such as police departments, fire departments, and other public safety related agencies to provide detailed employment screenings.

Both part-time and full time  employees individuals have access to your offices, critical equipment and other facilities. Please note that criminal records checks obtained from local county and state police criminal records sources do not comply with the FCRA for employment purposes.

The background check must be obtained from a Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliant source, not a law enforcement agency which provides no dispute recourse as required by the FCRA.

Also, many City, County and State governments have implemented BAN THE BOX laws, and the number keeps growing. See the partial list below.

Government Employee Background Checks 

Federal Criminal Records

Federal Criminal Records

Updated 11/2019

Understandably, Governmental agencies have strict employment background check screening requirements that all Federal, state and city municipalities must comply with.

All employment background checks should include a check of:

OFAC - Office of Foreign Asset Control

Terrorist Watch list

National criminal records database search

A check of the sex offender registry in all 50 states

Pre-employment drug screening

Social Security verifier information

Previous employment verification

Education verification

We offer an unlimited criminal record background check search of 7 to 10 years of all Federal, State and counties of residence.  (The FBI or NCIC only has these criminal records if they are reported to the FBI database.)
Often  they are not. Please see our page on FBI criminal record database myths for more detailed information.

Moreover, while our extensive criminal record employment background checks are usually completed in the same day to next day, the FBI results can take weeks to complete.

Employment screening background checks

Criminal records background check

All of our reports are FCRA compliant.

Our criminal record "Smart Search Plus®"includes all searches included in the criminal record smart search, but also includes an unlimited check of Federal criminal records. It is increasingly important to check these added Federal records as they now make up as much as 10 % of all criminal records. And, those charged in the Federal criminal system have been charged with some of the most serious crimes.

Our criminal record "Smart Search®" is an excellent and comprehensive criminal record background check that provides a thorough background screening criminal records search of state and county criminal record repositories, but does not include a check of the Federal criminal records in each state as included in our criminal record "Smart Search Plus®" .

For an example of an applicant with a Federal criminal record but no state or county arrest record, Click Here. This record would not have been found without a check of the separately maintained Federal criminal records systems which contains about 10 per cent of all arrest records.

These county or State criminal background checks are ordered for you automatically based on addresses shown in the applicant's social security number trace.
Criminal records returned on the multi-state criminal are also verified in the jurisdiction of record by ordering up to date county criminal records as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


All of our reports are FCRA compliant.

A list of current BAN THE BOX laws by state:


The following have implemented laws :

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Massachusetts

  • Minnesota

  • New Jersey

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Washington

The following have implemented laws for public employers only:

  • Arizona

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Georgia  

  • Indiana  

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska  

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico  

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • Tennessee

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • Wisconsin

In addition to states, over 100 cities and counties now require Ban the Box practices for private employers. They include:

  • Austin, TX

  • Baltimore, MD

  • Buffalo, NY

  • Chicago, IL

  • Columbia, MO

  • Washington, D.C.

  • Kansas City, MO

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Montgomery County, MD

  • New York City, NY

  • Philadelphia, PA

  • Portland, OR

  • Prince George’s County, MD

  • Rochester, NY

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Seattle, WA

  • Spokane, WA

We Also Offer Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Please also note that all employment background check, drug screening, driving record and state release authorization forms are available in a PDF format file to our Automated Employment Screening Clients.
All of these FCRA compliant release documents
 may be e-mailed to the applicants and easily completed online.

Call Us now at 800-459-3034 and begin ordering instant driving records and background checks within minutes or: 

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None of the information contained in this web site should be construed as legal advice.
All forms, policies, information and procedures should be reviewed by your legal counsel before being used in any way.

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