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National Background Check vs County Background Check

Updated: Jan 25

In today's world, background checks are essential for employers, landlords, and various organizations to ensure the safety and security of their workforce, tenants, and community.


Two of the most common types of background checks are national background checks and county background checks. This article will dive into the differences between these two methods, highlighting their pros and cons, as well as the importance of confirming national background check hits at the county level and adhering to strict Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance.


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National Background Check

A national background check search casts a wide net, searching a comprehensive database that aggregates information from hundreds of various organizations and government agencies across the United States. It's beginning step of the background screening process in the United States.


The list of agencies and organizations searched may include:

  • Sex Offender Registries

  • Administration Office of the Courts

  • Board of Pardons and Paroles

  • National Wants and Warrants

  • Department of Public Safety

  • State Judiciary

  • State Superior Courts

  • Municipal Courts

  • Circuit Courts

  • Common Pleas

  • Summary Dockets

  • County Warrants

  • County Mugshots

  • National Fugitive Database

  • Crime Stoppers Warrants

  • Department of Corrections

  • County Booking

  • Jail Booking

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI.GOV)

  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension