You’d be amazed by how much information you can get from a background check. It’s so easy to find someone online and learn almost anything you want about them. Below, we talk about different types of checks and what information they yield.

Criminal History

If someone wants to know whether you have a criminal record, they’ll run a criminal background check. This includes information about sex crimes or violent crimes, felonies, fraud, or embezzlement. It is required before someone makes a decision regarding adoption, employment, buying a firearm, or enlisting in the military.

A criminal record often bars people from future employment. The US government launched Work Opportunity Tax Credit in an effort to decrease re-offense rates and create more employment opportunities. Under this program, companies that hire ex-cons receive incentives from the government.

Pre-Employment Screening

Many companies will perform employment background checks on shortlisted job candidates. However, this is not the only reason they run these. An employer can run one on you even if you’ve already been hired. Semi-annual or annual drug tests are an example.

These checks usually include records and information from the past seven years.

Universal Checks

Sellers, dealers, manufacturers, and licensed importers of firearms are obligated to run a universal background check every time someone wants to buy a gun from them. Domestic violence convictions, felony offenses, open arrest warrants, misdemeanors, and certain criminal convictions are all among the reasons to fail a firearm background check.

E-Verify Screenings

These background checks are done to make sure new staff members are allowed to work in the US.

Office of Inspector General Screenings

The OIG, mandated by the Act on Social Security, maintains a sanctions list of excluded entities and individuals to stop people who have been convicted of offenses related to healthcare from getting jobs within healthcare programs funded by the government. This free screening can be done on the OIG website by looking up the candidate or employee’s name. Search results include the reason for exclusion, address, and date of birth. The Social Security number will confirm the results.

This screening will provide information about possible patient abuse or neglect, offenses, and fraud related to Medicaid or Medicare, and other crimes related to state healthcare programs.


To obtain an accurate overview of someone’s criminal history, a recruiter can look for matches to their fingerprints in the AFIS database. Information comes from a variety of reliable sources, including criminal justice agencies. Potential alias records will be included as well.

Credit Checks

A credit check will show how you’ve dealt with bill and credit payments. This is a record of one’s ratio of credit to debt. An employer might find that a candidate with large debt, tax liens, or bad credit will be more prone to taking advantage of their organization and trust. This check will reveal not only your payment history, tax liens, and any civil judgments, but also unpaid bills in collections, bankruptcies, and credit inquiries.

International Background Checks

Employers might decide to perform this type of check if they are thinking about hiring someone who has recently studied, worked, or lived in another country. This yields employment and education verification and international criminal records.

Personal Screenings

You can perform one on yourself to see if your name shows us in any sex offender, traffic, or criminal databases. To see what someone else will get access to when they run a check, including past employers and residences, you can do an SSN trace.