What is a background check?
When you look up records about a person this is process called a background check. It’s a report which could include information obtained from databases and public records, state based records, white page directories, reverse phone look ups, criminal records, property records, employment records, education records, court records, military records, credit scores, licensing records and much much more.
How do I run a background check?
There are several different ways to run a background check on a particular person. The process that you use will depend on the information that is sought after. There are many public records and state record websites that you can use online that can aid in your search for available records pertaining to a person. Another option is to pay a third-party professional to complete your background check.
What kind of information will I find in a background check?
A background check will often include information from private, public and government records. It will often include, addresses and phone numbers for the last several years, birthdays, marriage and divorce records, information regarding relatives, neighbors and known friends. It may include information regarding ownership of property, financial information, any liens, bankrupticies or lawsuits. Some background checks may include information regarding criminal convictions and other criminal related offenses.
Who runs background checks?
Background checks are done for a variety of reasons. Apartment managers or Landlords will often do background checks on their potential tenants to check for red flags or potenial problems. Employers often will run employee background checks on job applicants to verify the information on their applications or resumes is stated truthfully. Families often use background checks for checking on nannies, babysitters or other contractors they are hoping to hire. People often do background checks on people they meet over the internet through online dating sites or on blind dates.