When you do a background check online, the records that you’re getting aren’t coming from each individual courthouse, but rather a huge, let me stress, huge criminal records database. This is what makes up the criminal records bureau that background checking service access. The records are constantly updated from the courthouses from around the country so the database information is always being added to. These records are available to the public and if you have a question about someone, it’s just good commonsense to find out for yourself if they are hiding a criminal past. .
Here are some common questions answered:
Why aren’t the records free?
The background check records from the database are collected from the courthouse records from around the United States. These records are not free and because there is a charge for accessing the courthouse records, the records database will pass that very small cost on to the person ordering a background check.
Why use a background check database at a, why not just go to the courthouses directly?
You can do that and often people do. However for the sake of saving money, time and the sheer convenience of accessing criminal records online, that can’t be beat. If you want to get records directly from a courthouse, most require that you fill out a form and submit the request in writing. The results are mailed to your home and the time frame can be days to weeks depending on the policies of the city/state you’re checking for records within.
Will the person know I checked their records?
The answer is no. Doing a background check is discreet and the person that you’re screening will not be notified that you’ve accessed their public records.