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Background Checks

DATCS is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NABPS). We believe an applicant’s background is the most important part in the employment screening process. Background screenings aid businesses in reducing turnover, decreasing training costs and increasing productivity while protecting the integrity of their company.

We have partnered with an industry leader, PeopleTrail, to provide Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant screening reports that are verified and compliance reviewed. Together we pledge to deliver reliable background screening reports in a timely manner to assist you when hiring an applicant. We also supply a pre-adverse action letter that employers can provide to the applicant when the information a background screening report may impact the hiring decision.

We offer a wide variety of background checks as well as specifically designed packages:

  • DOT FMCSA Packages
  • DOT PHMSA Packages
  • FMCSA PSP Crash History
  • CDLIS reports
  • Motor Vehicle Records
  • Criminal record searches with alias, social security number trace and address history
  • State, County and Court record searches
  • Employment verifications
  • Education verifications
  • Electronic I-9
  • E-Verify

FMCSA Package:

  • Motor vehicle driving record for a specific state, subject to additional state fee.
  • Commercial Driving License Information System Check (CDLIS), to verify current driver’s license and additional states where a driving record should be requested and DOT driver’s medical certification.
  • Verification of the last 3 years of DOT regulated employment.
  • Verification of the last 3 years of DOT positive drug tests and any breath alcohol of 0.04 or above.

PHMSA Package

  • Verification of the last 2 years of DOT positive drug tests and any breath alcohol of 0.04 or over.

FMCSA Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP)

We provide direct access to The Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). The program helps carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing secure, electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). PSP records are available for commercial drivers and companies conducting pre-employment screening for the carrier industry.

Commercial Driving License Information System Check (CDLIS)

A CDLIS is a database search of commercial driver’s licenses in many states. This background check verifies that an applicant has a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This service can also be used as a pre-pull tool for criminal searches. It may indicate that an applicant lived or worked in states besides those reported on an employment application.

Motor Vehicle Report (MVR or Driving Record Check)

Contains state driving record information dating back at least three years and possibly up to five years. This search obtains an individual driving record report from the specified state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. State access fees apply. Our customers will gain peace of mind by obtaining a driving record for all employees with driving responsibilities. This background screening is also useful for identity verification, as it can be used to verify a date of birth and/or a middle name.

Instant Criminal Statewide Database

InstaCriminal Check is a check of our proprietary database, and is a comprehensive search of multiple criminal record sources, including Federal Fugitive files, state and county criminal record repositories, prison parole and release files, sex offender and records from other state agencies. This exclusive criminal search includes access to millions of criminal conviction records across the United States. Results are typically available within seconds when ordered via our secure Internet website and all information is FCRA compliant. This search cannot be used to make a hiring decision unless a County Criminal Search is processed when there is negative information on a report.

Federal District Court Criminal Records Checks

Records at the federal level may uncover potentially important criminal information that was not prosecuted or recorded at the county or state level. Primary causes of action include securities and tax law violations, immigration, weapons, interstate drug crimes and civil rights violations. A single jurisdiction is a search of one specific FEDERAL jurisdiction by district. A Nationwide civil search will include all 89 Federal districts in the 50 US States, with a total of 94 districts including territories outside the 50 US states

County Criminal Investigation (Includes All counties in past 7 years)

This search is commonly referred to as the GOLD STANDARD Criminal search, and is an FCRA Compliant product. This service searches each jurisdiction where the applicant has worked, lived, or gone to school in the past 7 years. Our extensive network of 3,000+ independent court researchers provides a hand search through county court records to locate any records of conviction and arrests as allowed by state law. Records checked through each jurisdiction include State Felonies, State Misdemeanors, Federal Felonies and Federal Misdemeanors. We believe the most accurate method of securing criminal record information is by accessing this information at the county level.

Statewide Criminal Database Search (Price is per state.)

This search is a flexible, stand-alone statewide database search of criminal records, live from each of the 50 State Courts criminal records systems. Information is contained on state, district and county court system data records (with the exception of misdemeanor records in some outlying municipal jurisdictions). These records are from a database, and criminal, civil, traffic and domestic cases are included in this data. This virtually-instant court access tool can be configured to search a single county, or to search all counties statewide. It should be noted that this is not a FCRA compliant search unless the database HITS are confirmed with a hand search at the County level (See County Criminal Search above).

Education Verification

This search is a direct verification of an applicant’s highest level of achievement: including dates of attendance, year of graduation, major course study, degree or diploma earned, GPA, and any special achievements or awards. Information is obtained directly through an applicant’s educational institution or through a valid third party provider for the institution. This information is commonly misrepresented on employment applications. Unless otherwise specified, only the highest degree achieved is confirmed.

Employment History verification and references (Price is per previous employer)

An Employment Verification is a manual check of applicant-reported employment references. Businesses often need to check employment history of applicants to avoid resume fraud or to get input from a previous employer. This search requires contact with a supervisor, the Human Resources Department or a valid third party provider for the former employer. Information regarding the name of the employer, dates employed, job title(s), job performance, reason for leaving, eligibility for rehire, and other pertinent job-related details are included as available. Our Date Scan function automatically arranges, in chronological order, all the reported dates obtained from former employers. We are then able to determine gaps in employment of 30 days or more and identify partial and full overlap periods.

I-9 Electronic Document Management

Federal law requires that employers retain copies of I-9 forms for all employees, including U.S. citizens. We provide electronic I-9 forms and complete I-9 Management for clients. Form I-9 is the form used to document this verification. I-9 forms must be retained for three years after the date of hire or one year after the date employment is terminated, whichever is later. This service allows our valued clients to store and verify electronic I-9 forms for its employees, saving the hassle of storing and maintenance.

E-Verify INS/SSA DHS Identity Check

In addition to the traditional credit header product, we offer the INS verification that absolutely verifies an individual’s social security number and his/her right to work in the US. Our direct integration with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) internal Database, as well as the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows for easy post hire I-9 Verification. This same search also verifies citizenship.

Residence Instant Eviction Records Search

This is a database search of eviction records for tenant screening purposes. Eviction records do not show up on a credit report, so this search provides valuable information for a prospective landlord. Prospective landlords are interested in any unreported evictions as a way to screen potentially harmful or non-paying tenants.

Pre-Adverse Action Letter

A pre-adverse action letter in Section 604 of the FCRA requires that employers provide to the consumer, before taking any adverse action based on a consumer report, a copy of the report and a summary of consumer’s rights under the FCRA. This is referred to as the Pre-Adverse Action letter, since it must be sent before the adverse action is taken. In other words, if an employer has a report and believes that the information contained in the report may impact the hiring decision, then at that time the employer must send the Pre-Adverse Action letter.

Contact us at backgroundchecks@datcs.com or 888-201-0242 for DATCS to design your program.

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