Background Check Services

DATCS is a proud member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA)

We believe an applicant’s background is the most important part of 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 pledge to deliver Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliant 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.

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.
  • FMCSA Employment Verification of previous employer(s) verifying any DOT accident history. *3 years required.

PHMSA Package

PHMSA Employment Verification of previous employer(s) verifying any past positive drug and/or breath alcohol test. *2 years required.

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. This search obtains an individual driving record report from the specified state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Additional 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 date of birth and a middle name.

Federal District Court Criminal Records Checks

A nationwide criminal check is a check of our proprietary database and is a search of multiple criminal record sources, including Social Security Trace, FBI most wanted and Interpool Fugitives list, state, and county criminal record repositories, prison parole and release files, Sex Offender Registry, 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.

County Criminal Investigation (Includes All counties in the 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

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 in state, district, and county court system data records (except for 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 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 & references (Price is per previous employer)

An Employment Verification is a manual check of applicant-reported employment references. Businesses often need to check applicants’ employment history 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 employer’s name, 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 can then determine gaps in employment of 30 days or more and identify partial and full overlap periods.

Employment Credit Check

A credit report for employment purposes does not include FICO scores and is a “soft inquiry” that does not affect the FICO score or display to creditors. Credit reports can reveal factors relating to financial irresponsibility (i.e., living beyond one’s means, or consistent delinquencies). In addition to financial information, credit reports help uncover possible identity and résumé fraud by revealing name variations, historical addresses, and past employment information.

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 records and complete I-9 Management for clients. Form I-9 is the form used to document this verification. I-9s 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 and 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 the 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.