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How to Conduct a Background Check

Learning how to conduct a criminal background check or any other type is not that difficult if you follow a few simple steps. You can have a private company run the check for you but this can be expensive or you can run your own check. If you choose to run it yourself it's important to understand that each state will have a different process to follow but the basics are the same for most all states.

Whether you choose to do the check yourself or hire someone to do it for you, start by having a positive ID for the person in question. This includes their full name, maiden name, social security number, date of birth and you'll need their current and past address. Verifying the personal information is the first step. However, you will need to get the written consent of the person to be searched before continuing.

Once you have their permission, confirm the current address and the rest of the information to make sure it's all correct and then indicate the type of search that you want done. A general records search including the person's education and employment history will usually be conducted followed by a criminal background check. You'll need to indicate the way you want the information to be delivered and pay the fees if there are any. You'll have the results in a matter of minutes or a few days depending on the type of search conducted and the company used.

By accessing the Internet you may be able to find sites that offer free background checks that will provide the information you need. Of course, this will depend on the type of information you're seeking. If you need a basic search, then this should provide everything you need but if you need in-depth information about a person, then you may need to conduct a background check using a paid service. Knowing how to conduct background checks and how they work will help you determine which type of report would best provide the information needed.

Now that you know how to conduct a background check you can greatly benefit from more background check resources. All you need to do is go online, type in the keywords and you'll get a list of resources that will provide you with all the information you need. Some of these resources will tell you what can and cannot be found in each of the different types of background checks. Others will tell you how to go about gathering the information you need and how to conduct these checks. There are many background check resources that can make gathering the information you need much easier, if you're willing to take a few minutes to check them out.

Conducting background checks can be done either manually or online using an electronic process. If you choose the manual process you'll need to apply for the records in person. You'll need to fill out a form, have it notarized, pay the fee and provide the information required. Usually the results of the reports will be sent to you in the mail.

An online background check can often be done in just a few minutes depending on how much information and which type of search you're conduction. You will have the option of using a free site or one that charges a fee. This will be up to you and will mainly be determined by the type of search you need. This type of check will be carried out by an online company that you choose or by a website database.