Background Checks By Need: Criminal Record Checks

Your criminal background checks with SterlingBackcheck identify thousands of potential criminal records other companies miss.

A Better, More Robust Criminal Records Search

A criminal records check is the cornerstone of most pre-employment background screening programs in all industries. SterlingBackcheck’s robust criminal background checks—including all possible county, state and federal criminal records—help companies identify undesirable applicants with risky criminal behavior.

Criminal Records Background Checks:

The Highest Level of Accuracy for Criminal Background Checks

Through its proprietary technology and exclusive Complete Criminal Locator search, SterlingBackcheck finds 23% more places to search for applicant records and finds up to 15% more criminal records as a result. That means you’re 15% more likely to know if a job candidate is a good hire or a bad idea.

Like most employment screening companies, SterlingBackcheck pulls from hundreds of data sources across millions of criminal records, but this is not 100% comprehensive or accurate. That’s why SterlingBackcheck pairs these public records searches with its Victim Notification Database locator tool that identifies thousands of potential criminal records that others miss and then uses social security number traces to find and match up records.

And its NAPBS certification, the gold standard in the background screening industry, ensures that SterlingBackcheck’s programs offer the highest levels of safety, quality and compliance to government and regulatory standards.

The result: Peace of mind that you’re making the right hiring decision.

County Criminal Records Search

SterlingBackcheck performs direct searches of county court records for criminal records on behalf of companies of all sizes, in all industries. Our county criminal records results include:

  • Both felony and misdemeanor criminal cases
  • The current status and/or final outcome of each case
  • Total FCRA compliance, ensuring details are reported responsibly

In addition to conducting comprehensive background checks based on SterlingBackcheck’s Complete Criminal Locator which identifies possible criminal activity through name, social security number, and other criminal databases, we also offer searches of county criminal records based on employment and education history. These additional searches expand your search beyond the SSN trace to identify additional counties where possible criminal activity may have occurred. These searches offer a more comprehensive and targeted option for employers, staffing agencies and more.

State Criminal Records Search

While every state possesses a state repository, due to differing state legislation, some repositories are incomplete or offer limited access. At SterlingBackcheck, we only offer the statewide criminal records option if we are confident that you receive a reliable and thorough background check.

To provide the most complete state criminal records check, SterlingBackcheck retrieves information from local indices and centralized state repositories in Puerto Rico and across 46 states:


  • AL
  • AK
  • AR
  • AZ
  • CO
  • CT
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • HI
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • MA
  • ME
  • MD
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MT
  • NC
  • ND
  • NE
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VT
  • VA
  • WA
  • WI
  • WV

Federal Criminal Records Search

A federal criminal records background check is a judicious supplement to county and state criminal records checks and is commonly used for employment screening of upper-level and executive positions.

SterlingBackcheck provides accurate case details and outcomes for 94 federal districts throughout the United States.

The Most Current Sex Offender Registry Search

More than 500,000 sex offenders in state and national registries have been convicted of sexual offenses and violent crimes. Performing a thorough background check on applicants should always include a sex offender registry check. This helps reduce the risk of workplace violence and potential litigation, especially for companies in the education, healthcare, retail and staffing industries.

SterlingBackcheck searches the Federal Department of Justice, which includes real time listings of registered sex offenders for all 50 states – except Nevada, which currently has an injunction in place. By searching the DOJ Sex Offender Registry, you get the most complete and current reporting so businesses can quickly identify sex offenders and other violent criminals.