Wondering if instant background checks are even legal is a common question. The simple answer is , “yes”. The reason is because felonies, misdemeanor records, sex offenses, arrests and convictions that an individual may have are all considered public records and that means the public may access those records.
In the past obtaining a background check from anywhere in the United States would mean going from county to county within each State and ordering a background check from the county clerk’s office. You would usually be required to either come down and make your request in person or mail your background search request in. The results would be returned to you via the US mail and sometimes could take weeks to arrive.
Now, you can use an online database to check backgrounds and get the results delivered to your computer screen instantly. Also, you may check any State that you choose (meaning a Statewide search including all counties will be background checked) or you can choose to do a nationwide background check.