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Ways to Get a Criminal Record Check 

There are several ways to obtain the criminal record of a person you want to check on. Here are some ways to do it:

Obtaining a criminal record through written consent

When you want to do a background search yourself, this is the easiest and most conventional way of getting a criminal record. Whether you are considering hiring a nanny, a housekeeper, or a business employee, ask them to sign a written form consenting for you to obtain a criminal record of them. Some online providers of background search have downloadable forms that you can use to get consent and they will get the criminal record for a small fee, but almost any signed statement of consent to a “pre-employment Background Search” will do. Either way, checking on the criminal record of anyone you wish to hire is still a good strategy in protecting your person and the people around you.

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Ask the applicant to submit criminal record

If your applicants are leery of giving information used to obtain criminal record, ask them to submit it themselves. This process might be more  convenient for prospective employers in checking out the presence, or lack, of criminal record, though they still have to make sure that they are not presented with a fake record.

Checking the sex offenders registry for a criminal record

Another way of obtaining a criminal record is by checking available sex offender registry. Most state agencies released this type of criminal record to persons with due reasons to obtain it, like parents seeking to hire nannies, or hospital managers who wants to hire employees.

If you live in New York, you can check criminal record by calling state prison system.

Calling the Department of Correctional Services allows interested parties to know past criminal record, whether a person have served time for a crime within the state’s jurisdiction. This type of criminal record is obtained through the state’s Victim Information and Notification Everyday system. Do keep in mind that this criminal record does not reflect arrest and time served in county jails and those needing further proof of innocence should check criminal record maintained by respective counties.

Gun dealers can obtain instant criminal record through their hotline

Licensed firearm sellers must check with the National Instant Background Search System to determine whether a prospective buyer holds a criminal record. In some states, there is a mandatory waiting period to require sellers to further check on statewide maintained databases to ascertain the lack of criminal record on the part of the seller.

Criminal record can be obtained through access of paid subscription sites

Interested parties, particularly legal investigators, have been known to subscribe to sites that provide federal and statewide information on criminal record . Some of these are run by private entities though there are also state-maintained repositories of criminal records. Just be sure to consider some aspects before investing time and money on these paid searches. For example, do take time to compare services of those asking for one-time fee and those offering unlimited access to their records for a specific amount. Do keep in mind that some state agencies also take time to update their records.

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