Credit Report with FICO Score
- Derogatory credit information
- Positive credit information
- Public filings (bankruptcies, liens and judgments)
- Account standing with creditors and previous address history
- Account payment history
- Financial summary of total debt
- FICO Score
Social Security Validation & Address Trace Search
This report is the foundation of criminal history research as it is used as a indicator to select court jurisdictions that should be researched for criminal records.
- Reveals all alias names associated with that SSN
- Reveals all addresses associated with that SSN
- Authenticates that the SSN is associated with the applicant
- Reveals the date the SSN was issued
- Reveals the State of issuance
Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service: (CBVS)
- Verifies personal identifiers prior to making a hiring decision
- Matches Name, SSN, Date of Birth, Gender, and Death Indicator
- 100% accurate results when identifiers are input correctly
National Sex Offender Search
The Multi-State Sex Offender Registry Database search provides sex offender case information in an easy–to–read report. Our extensive search capabilities check registered sex offender data sources nationwide, such as: Bureaus of Investigation, Departments of Law Enforcement, Departments of Corrections, Departments of Justice, Departments of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Departments, State Attorney General’s Offices, and State Police. This database is compiled from violent and sex offender registries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
An Education Verification confirms the following information:
- school(s) attended
- diplomas received
- degrees & certificates awarded
- dates of attendance
- names used when attending
- additional information as available
Some candidates may be less than truthful about their employment history. Internal research shows this to be the number one discrepancy on resumes and job applications. Our background specialists verify the information on your applicant’s resume.
- Dates of employment
- Starting Positions
- Current Position
- Current Salaries
- Reason for termination
- Eligibility for re-hire
Driver License History
Reviewing an applicant’s Motor Vehicle Record is an important search for those required to operate a company or personal vehicle for business purposes. Records highlight driving history over the past 3-7 years and are available in all 50 states and Washington DC. Reports include all personal identifiers as well as offenses and citations. Commercial Driving Records allow employers and their agents to comply with FMCSA requirements by searching within the “Commercial Driver’s License Information System” for any prior licenses, current CDL and up to three prior licenses held by the individual.
- Standard Motor Vehicle Record
- Commercial Driver’s License Information Systems (CDLIS)
- National Drivers Registry (NDR)
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Drivers Records
Multi-Court (National) Criminal Database Search
This is a database composed of criminal records purchased from private data sources and other criminal record sources. Although it is often sold as a “nationwide” search, it is not. This search is only useful for identifying potential cases related to the applicant. If records are found with this database, we will verify the case at the county level to confirm the details of the records, as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Statewide Criminal Record Search
Currently, there is direct access to state repositories in 43 states. Statewide databases cast a wider net on determining if your candidate has a criminal record, but users are encouraged to use this search as a complement to a 7 year county search. For state’s that do not allow for direct access, users should consider the National Criminal Database Search as a complement to county research.
County Criminal Record Search
County Criminal Records Searches are available in each county throughout the United States and are conducted in superior courts, upper courts, lower courts, and/or municipal court records as publicly available. These searches are used to determine if an applicant/employee has a felony, misdemeanor and in some instances, an infraction filing within the last seven years or longer if the record includes a legally reportable conviction. Completed reports consist of only legally reportable information; typically including:
- date of arrest
- date of filing
- level of charges
- disposition date
- final disposition of charges
- any applicable sentence or penalty
Federal Criminal Record Search
Federal Criminal Court Searches identify criminal activity prosecuted through the federal court system. Criminal activity tried in Federal District Courts typically involves violations of the Constitution or other federal law. Such crimes include:
- tax evasion
- mail fraud and other federal statute violations
- Securities fraud
There are 94 federal judicial districts throughout the country, including at least one district in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States — the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands — have district courts that hear federal cases. Federal criminal convictions do not appear in state or county felony and misdemeanor court record searches, therefore a federal district search is imperative if such records are needed. Each state is comprised of federal districts.
Federal Civil Record Search
This check is used to determine any civil actions filed against the subject. Civil records are obtained from the county courthouses by our network of professional court researchers. Records include the following information:
- date of filing
- suit description
- disposition date
- entire disposition
- Identifier’s used to locate the case
OFAC/Patriot Act Search
The Global Homeland Security Check is an instant, inexpensive tool that mitigates foreseeable risk to your customers, employees and physical assets. It cross references your applicant’s name against over 130 worldwide known terrorist and fugitive databases that include individuals, organizations and companies considered to be a threat to global and national security. Our database is updated daily as the various lists are modified. This service is a valuable tool to ensure compliance with the USA Patriot Act. The following data sources are searched:
- Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons
- Politically Exposed Persons List
- FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List
- FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List
- U.S. Secret Service Most Wanted Fugitives
- United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List
- European Union Terrorist List
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police Most Wanted
- Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade List
- Russian Federal Fugitives
- Scotland Yard’s Most Wanted
- World’s Most Wanted Fugitives
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the following industries are considered to be those most targeted by terrorists. This search is a must for those in these industries:
- Agriculture and Food
- Public Health and Healthcare
- Emergency Services
- Defense Industrial Base
- Information Technology
- Transportation Systems
- Banking and Finance
- Postal and Shipping
- National Monuments and Icons
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste
- Government Facilities
Substance Abuse Screening
Background Info USA offers urine, oral fluid, and hair employee drug testing programs to meet all of your drug testing needs. Whether for pre-employment, random testing, reasonable suspicion, post accident, return to duty, follow-up, or DOT, we has the right employee drug testing program for you.
A well thought out employee drug testing policy is an important component of employee screening and can save you several thousand dollars each year. Background Info USA understands that a successful employee drug testing program must be convenient and easy-to-use. That is why we have over 8,000 collection sites, which gives us the ability to zip code match your company location(s) with the closest collection sites available. Background Info USA uses only SAMSHA/NIDA certified and DOT-compliant laboratories. When results are completed – typically 24 hours for negative results and 48 hours for positive results or when reviewed by a Medical Review Officer – our system sends you an email advising that the report is available via our secure web site. After logging into your account, you may view, print, and securely archive the drug testing report for access at any time. For clients using our fax service, results may be faxed or communicated over an 800 line.
Background Info USA Hair Follicle Drug Testing provides a drug history over a 90-day period and may be collected on-site or by various collection sites. Background Info USA also administers random drug testing services for clients. We also offer easy to use on-site drug and alcohol testing products for results in less than 5 minutes. Utilizing our network enables employers with nationwide programs to:
- Schedule events from our Paperless Electronic Chain of Custody Solution
- Receive results via email and through electronic web reporting
- View and select collection site locations online
- Test for various reasons including Pre-Employment, Random and Post-Accident situations
- Consolidate the testing program: DOT and Non-DOT lab-based testing available at ALL collection network sites (*Out-of-network Patient Service Centers located throughout the country as well)
- Establishing quality standards
- All positive results are reviewed by a Board Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO)
- All DOT samples are handled in compliance with DOT regulations and guidelines
- Documented chain of custody forms are provided for all samples
- Each specimen is reviewed for signs of tampering and adulteration
Off-Site Urine Drug Testing
Program One is a urine drug screen that can test for 5, 9, or 10 panels (drugs). Regardless of the number of drugs you want tested, the price remains the same. Included in the test is collection using our patient service centers, legal confirmation at our certified labs, and chain of custody forms. An adulterants check, which tests for substances people ingest to mask the presence of drugs in their system, is also included at no additional charge. Program One (5-panel) can be used for Department of Transportation testing with the addition of our MRO Service on all of your results.
- 5 Panel Drug Test: Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (Marijuana), Cocaine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Opiates
- 10 Panel Drug Test: Amphetamines, Cannabinoids (Marijuana), Cocaine, Phencyclidine (PCP), Opiates, Methaqualone, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Propoxphene.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Program Two is a Urine Drug Screen with the same panel selection as Program One plus the addition of Alcohol testing on the sample. The additional Alcohol panel is ideal for post accident, reasonable suspicion and post offer hiring situations.
Hair Drug Testing
Program Three is Hair Testing by Psychemedics, which offers the first internationally patented technology to analyze hair follicles for drugs of abuse. This program tests for 5 drugs (panels) in the hair sample, including Ecstasy. Hair samples, which provide a drug history over a 90-day period, may be collected on-site or by various collection sites. This program also includes legal confirmation of the samples, chain of custody forms and courier service. The hair test cannot be evaded; drug residues remain permanently entrapped in the hair and cannot be washed or bleached out thus providing a non-intrusive and cost effective form of drug testing. Negative results have a 24-hour turnaround time, positive results are reported within 48-72 hours, and
results are reported online through Background Info USA secure web site.
Medical Review Officer (MRO) Service
BACKGROUND INFO USA also offers an MRO service for clinical interpretation of results by a licensed M.D. who is also educated about drugs of abuse. The MRO service can be added to any of the programs and you can have MRO reviews conducted on only positive results or all of
your results whether positive or negative. Our MRO will contact the donor to discuss pertinent information regarding his or her drug test result in order to rule out a possible positive which may have been caused by a prescription medication. Once the MRO can confirm that a legitimate prescription is held by the donor a result can be overturned and reported by the MRO to BACKGROUND INFO USA and then the employer. If no evidence is presented to the MRO to prove the result may have been caused by another substance other than an illegal drug, the MRO will report the result as a positive. MRO’s offers a 72 hours window for the donor to respond with evidence before they report the result as is.
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing
BACKGROUND INFO USA can manage the selection of your employees for your Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. BACKGROUND INFO USA’s random selection program makes setting up and maintaining random pool groups easy. Simply tell us who will belong to the random pool group, how often you want to schedule tests, and what percentage of the pool needs to be tested. BACKGROUND INFO USA will do the rest. Our program also provides you with prevention of multiple selections – this option prevents individuals from being selected more than once within a scheduling period (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or manual scheduling). In addition, test notices can be automatically emailed or faxed to your company to let you know
who has been randomly selected.
- BACKGROUND INFO USA’s program meets the random selection requirements of the Dept. of Transportation (DOT), Dept. of Energy (DOE), Dept. of Defense (DOD) and National Response Center (NRC)
- Automatically selects and schedules personnel for random testing
- Notification of individual to be tested is provided via email or fax
- No additional fee for program management
The following states have restrictions on random drug testing:
California: Courts in California have not defined laws pertaining to random drug testing, so employer’s rights remain uncertain. Until more definition to the law is provided by the courts a prudent strategy is to assume that unless the employee works in a safety or security sensitive position, random testing is subject to legal challenge.
Connecticut: Prohibited, unless employee is assigned to a high risk or safety sensitive position.
Iowa: Employees must be selected via an entity independent of the employer and by using a computer-generated, neutral selection procedure (BACKGROUND INFO USA’s program satisfies this requirement).
Maine: Permitted only if agreed upon in a collective bargaining agreement, or for positions in which there would be an unreasonable risk to health or safety if the employee was “under the influence.” Labor organizations are prohibited from performing random test on members.
Minnesota: Permitted for safety sensitive positions only. A safety sensitive position is one in which impairment caused by drug use would threaten the health and safety of any person. An employee may not be waived once selected from the random pool.
Montana: Law addresses only safety sensitive employees. When you random drug test all safety sensitive employees, the program must contain: (1) an established calendar period for testing; (2) an established random testing rate; (3) a random selection process; and (4) a signed statement from each employee confirming employee has received written copy of program.
Rhode Island: Prohibited.
Vermont: Prohibited, except when otherwise required by federal law or regulation.
Common Terms and Definitions
Chain of Custody: (Available as Electronic or Hard Copy Forms) Chain of custody is the term that refers to the process of ensuring and providing documentation of proper specimen identification and handling from the time of collection to the receipt of
laboratory results. If the results come under legal challenge, the specimen must have been handled according to chain of custody procedures exactly and accurately. The chain of custody protocol assures the specimen belongs to the individual whose information is printed on the specimen bottle label, no adulteration or tampering has taken place, exactly who had possession of the specimen and when, how the specimen was transported and stored before it was analyzed,
no unauthorized access to the specimen was possible, and the specimen was handled in a secure manner.
Collection Site (Patient ServiceCenter): A facility where individuals present themselves for the purpose of providing body fluid(s) to be
analyzed for specified controlled substances.
Collection Process: All specimen collections should be done utilizing a secured restroom. After the donor has
removed any bulky objects and washed their hands they should choose a sealed specimen collection kit. All seals are removed in the donor’s presence and the donor should then be asked to provide a urine specimen. Following the collection of donor’s specimen the chain of custody form should be filled out and completed while the donor is present. After all the specimen bottles, chain of custody form, and specimen bags are sealed then the donor may be allowed to leave.
D.O.T. (Department of Transportation): The Department of Transportation is an operating administration of the United States administering regulations requiring alcohol and/or drug testing in accordance with 49CFR Part 40 of the federal regulations.
D.O.T. Drug Screen: A D.O.T. drug screen is a screen that tests a specimen for five drugs (Opiates, PCP, Amphetamines, Marijuana and Cocaine) A D.O.T. approved chain of custody form is used during the collection process and a split sample is collected and both specimens are forwarded to the laboratory for testing. Once the laboratory completes the testing process the result is
forwarded to the Medical Review Officer (MRO) for review. Following the MRO’s review, results are reported to the designated reporting agency.
Drug Testing Policy: A well drafted policy outlines what type of testing will be conducted, the terms and definitions
surrounding drug screening, and recourse for positive test results. A policy is also utilized to convey a strong message of zero tolerance towards drugs and alcohol in the workplace.
GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry): GC/MS testing is considered to be the most definitive method for confirming the presence of a detected substance in urine. GC/MS is utilized to confirm test results that indicate any level of a controlled substance. When a laboratory suspects adulterants, dilution, or other sample abnormality, GC/MS will identify the exact chemicals compounds present in suspicious samples.
Medical Review Officer (MRO): According to DOT regulations, all DOT drug screens must be reviewed by an MRO. Many states also require an MRO review. An MRO is a license M.D. with a history of substance abuse diagnostic work. This service is also available for Non-DOT testing, if desired. During the MRO’s review it may be necessary for them to contact and speak directly with the donor to verify any types of medication the donor has taken. The client will not be notified if this occurs and will only be notified when a test result is available.
Non-DOT Drug Screen: A Non-DOT screen is a screen that can test for a wide range of drugs such as; Opiates, PCP,
Amphetamines/Methamphetamines, Marijuana, Cocaine; which is considered a 5-panel drug screen. This can be expanded upon by testing for the above five drugs and adding Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Methaqualone, Propoxyphene; which is considered a 10-panel drug screen. A urine alcohol (ethyl) can be added to either panel if desired.Patient Service Technician:
A designated person trained in specimen collection procedures who insures that 1) donors are identified correctly, 2) chain of custody protocol is strictly followed, 3) donors’ dignity is preserved, 4) no sample is adulterated or diluted during collection, and 5) donors and clients receive the best possible evidentiary collection and testing service possible.
Post Accident Testing: Testing of an employee who is involved in an on-the-job accident (vehicular or otherwise) which may have involved human error and may have caused a fatality, serious injury, or significant property damage.
Pre-employment Testing: A candidate for employment must pass the drug and/or alcohol test as a condition of
employment. Testing can be performed as part of the application process 1) before an offer of employment is made, 2) as a part of the hiring process after an offer of employment is made but before the employee commences work, or 3) shortly after the individual begins work but continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of the drug and/or alcohol test.
Random Testing: To test employees who are chosen on a “neutral-selection” basis without advance notice. True
random testing is conducted by pooling a selected amount of numbers determined by the client from the total number of qualified participants’ numbers in the random pool. Background Info USA manages clients’ random testing at no additional fee, but recommends that clients familiarize themselves with their state law; some states prohibit random testing while others restrict it to “safety sensitive” positions.
Reasonable Suspicion/Cause Testing: The “cause” required is an objective, factual, individualized basis for testing, such as when an employee’s observed behavior or physical appearance suggests drug and/or alcohol use or possession of drugs and/or alcohol.
Return to Duty Testing: Employees returning from a leave of absence for sickness or injury exceeding a given number of days can be required to submit and successfully pass a drug and/or alcohol test as a condition of reinstatement.
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (formerly NIDA, National Institute of
Drug Abuse) is the department of the federal government that regulates and certifies laboratories currently processing DOT specimens. Laboratories with the SAMHSA certification are also available to test Non-DOT samples. These laboratories confirm all positive drug screen samples by GC/MS testing.