What does the FBI know about me?

We’ve come across organizations over the years who exclusively rely on FBI background checks. Unfortunately, a common misconception is that the FBI has a national database of ALL crime records in the U.S. That is definitely not the case – the FBI has federal records only. Any state and local crimes will not come up on an FBI background check.

There is a national criminal database but not all jurisdictions report to it so there are gaps. This is why your screening vendor will recommend both an FBI background check and local database record searches. It’s our understanding that most criminal records are at the county level and therefore those are a must check. 

Your screening vendor will be your best resource to guide you in the current options as screening is highly regulated and subject to continual legislative changes, both nationally and locally.  

Looking to learn more about background screening? Schedule a free 15 minute consultation call with a Compass representative.