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Background Checks

A background check is a compilation of an individual's professional, criminal and financial history and is usually requested by employers, government agencies or for licensing purposes. Background checks can be requested by an individual for personal reasons as well. DMV.com offers a background check service that is secure and easy to use. Simply provide an individual's first and last name, and his or her birth date to submit a request.
In some states, however, additional details are required. For example, in the state of Florida, the type of background check (criminal, financial, employment, etc.) must be provided when filing for a request. In the state of California, the individual's resident city is required to perform a background check. Arizona requires details on physical attributes (eye color, height, gender, etc.) for its background check requests.

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A background check can be ordered by an individual or an organization seeking information on the record holder's credibility. Employers can order a background check on a potential employee to learn his or her professional and criminal history. This helps the employer assess if the candidate is trustworthy and a good fit for the company. Employees can also order a background check on themselves before an interview to prepare for any issues that may arise. Renters and landlords also often request background checks on potential tenants. A history of an individual's financials and criminal record can help a property owner decide whether to let that person live in his or her rental space.

A comprehensive background check will usually include all the aforementioned records, but organizations and individuals can request one of the specific types:

Financial

Financial background checks usually include current standing loans and debt, an individual's association with financial institutions and payments made toward open credit lines. A financial background check can also include details such as bankruptcies, tax liens, accounts in collection and inquiries made by third parties. Sometimes a financial background check holds information about an individual's assets, such as owned property and vehicles.

Professional

Most often used by employers, a professional background check includes an individual's criminal history as well as previous employment and education experience. For positions requiring a license of some kind, the professional background check might include a license verification for that individual.

Criminal

A criminal background check contains an individual's comprehensive criminal history. Some states, like Indiana, offer statewide or countrywide reports, depending on the reach of an investigation. Most states offer basic information such as arrests, felonies and misdemeanors. Sometimes a criminal background check can include prison terms, outstanding warrants and known aliases.