State history checks, also called background checks, reveal criminal charges and convictions that are brought against an individual at the state level, including police and law enforcement reports. This includes convictions for misdemeanors like disorderly conduct and felonies such as burglary, as well as pending cases. Laws and courts vary considerably from state to state, so offense severity and dispositions are not necessarily equivalent across various states.
We are a Maryland certified LiveScan private provider authorized by and working under the authority of the COMAR Regulation 12.15.05, of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Information System (CJIS) of the State of Maryland.
We can electronically submit fingerprints directly to the Maryland Information System (CJIS), for the purpose of obtaining background checks.
For your perusal, our company does not handle any results and we assure that all of our customers’ personal information is kept secret. We do not share them with any agency other than CJIS.
How does a State History check work?
In all states, you have the right to request a copy of your own criminal history record from the state to review for accuracy and completeness. Some states allow individuals to submit their request through a live scan vendor.
A background check will investigate a candidate’s background based on criteria determined by their prospective or current employer. A check of a candidate’s background may include employment, education, criminal records, credit history, motor vehicle and license record checks. Performing background checks on applicants and employees is an effective way to discover potential issues that could affect your business. Comprehensive background checks enable you to focus on what’s most important.
Why a State History Check?
- To review in advance an agency or employer who may conduct a background search on you (specific to the state selected).
- To request a correction if information is inaccurate (specific to the state selected).
How Long Does A State Background Check Take?
The typical turnaround time for a state background check is one to two days. Reports that don’t return any records may come back quickly, while any case that requires additional searching or manual review may take six business days or longer. Several factors go into how quickly a criminal background check can be completed.
How Far Back Does A State Background Check Go?
Seven years is a typical scope for a state background check, but records may go back indefinitely, depending on state and local laws. To encourage fair hiring practices that promote diversity and inclusion and offer a fair chance to candidates who may have a criminal history, some state laws may limit the look-back period on background checks. This ensures employers aren’t confronted with old criminal histories that may no longer be relevant to a candidate’s qualifications or character.