Certn Services

Certn Services

These services were updated on June 16, 2022.

Softcheck is a real-time search of over 200,000 databases from 200+ countries. It searches public media sources, sex offender registries, courts, fraud, sanctions and watchlists for adverse media for risk-relevant information such as: criminal history, fraud, affiliations with negative groups, global sanctions, public safety issues, public profile information and more.

A Canadian police information check includes a search of the Canadian Police Information Centre (“CPIC”) database and locally held police information centres for criminal convictions for which a pardon has not been granted.

All of the searches included in the Canadian criminal record check plus a search of the Police Information Portal (PIP) looking for: conditional and absolute discharges which have not been removed from the Canadian Police Information Centre system, probation information, wanted person information, accused person information, peace bonds, judicial orders, warrants, criminal charges that have been withdrawn, dismissed or stayed of proceedings, any negative contact with police.

Certn discovers and provides easy access to published civil, criminal and penal judicial records from the Quebec courthouses and municipal courts. (Does not include the Montreal Municipal court. No impact to criminal conviction information. Minor impact to summary/civil infraction information.)

The check covers a search for the last seven years as reported by: Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry (National with Alias), National Criminal Database with Alias, Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check with Alias. Reportable criminal records typically reflect felony and misdemeanor convictions and pending records for a seven year timeframe. Applicable access fees will be passed through.

  • Social Security Number (SSN) Trace
    A social security trace is an investigative tool used to identify name and address history associated with a given SSN. The alias names and addresses identified from this search tool are used to broaden the scope of a background check to include jurisdictions and names beyond what the candidate may have disclosed on an application. Certn reviews the seven-year history and uses the additional names/addresses to perform additional criminal searches. Note: The specific name/address list of results are used as “pointers” only and should not be used in any hiring decisions.
  • 7-Year National Criminal Database Check (with Alias)
    A national criminal database search is a multi-state powerful investigative tool used to discover potential criminal activity for an individual. Pulling from thousands of compiled sources such as the state Department of Corrections (DOC), sex offender registries, the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC), pardon and parole boards and hundreds of other state/county public record repositories, this search helps to identify potential criminal activity in areas outside of where someone might reside. Not all county and state repositories report to this database, so it is recommended that this search only be used only in addition to state and county residential criminal record searches, and not as a stand-alone search. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most updated, accurate and complete information on a candidate. Unless otherwise requested, Certn further investigates conviction and pending records for a seven year timeframe and reports data in accordance with federal and state laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • Sex Offender Registry Check (National with Alias)
    The national sex offender search is designed to identify if an individual is a registered sex offender. Certn provides any matches to your candidate, regardless of state, to ensure a full report. Appropriate usage of results should consider federal, state, local applicable laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • 7-Year Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check (with Alias)
    A global sanctions and terrorist watchlist check searches of hundreds of exclusion, sanction and entity lists, US and globally, to assist with compliance of the US Patriot Act. Examples of sources include Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC), System for Award Management (SAMS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), international sanctioning bodies, law enforcement agencies, regulatory enforcement agencies and non-regulatory agencies, including high profile person’s data. A full list is available upon request. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most update to date, accurate and complete information on a candidate. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.

The check covers a search for the last seven years as reported by: Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry (National with Alias), National Criminal Database with Alias, Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check with Alias, County level criminal record check for provided current address, Federal statewide criminal search for provided current address. Reportable criminal records typically reflect felony and misdemeanor convictions and pending records for a seven year timeframe. County searches are performed at the central courthouse in a specified county which houses the majority of felony and misdemeanor records for the county. Applicable access fees will be passed through.

  • Social Security Number (SSN) Trace
    A social security trace is an investigative tool used to identify name and address history associated with a given SSN. The alias names and addresses identified from this search tool are used to broaden the scope of a background check to include jurisdictions and names beyond what the candidate may have disclosed on an application. Certn reviews the seven-year history and uses the additional names/addresses to perform additional criminal searches. Note: The specific name/address list of results are used as “pointers” only and should not be used in any hiring decisions.
  • 7-Year National Criminal Database Check (with Alias)
    A national criminal database search is a multi-state powerful investigative tool used to discover potential criminal activity for an individual. Pulling from thousands of compiled sources such as the state Department of Corrections (DOC), sex offender registries, the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC), pardon and parole boards and hundreds of other state/county public record repositories, this search helps to identify potential criminal activity in areas outside of where someone might reside. Not all county and state repositories report to this database, so it is recommended that this search only be used only in addition to state and county residential criminal record searches, and not as a stand-alone search. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most updated, accurate and complete information on a candidate. Unless otherwise requested, Certn further investigates conviction and pending records for a seven year timeframe and reports data in accordance with federal and state laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • Sex Offender Registry Check (National with Alias)
    The national sex offender search is designed to identify if an individual is a registered sex offender. Certn provides any matches to your candidate, regardless of state, to ensure a full report. Appropriate usage of results should consider federal, state, local applicable laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • 7-Year Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check (with Alias)
    A global sanctions and terrorist watchlist check searches of hundreds of exclusion, sanction and entity lists, US and globally, to assist with compliance of the US Patriot Act. Examples of sources include Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC), System for Award Management (SAMS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), international sanctioning bodies, law enforcement agencies, regulatory enforcement agencies and non-regulatory agencies, including high profile person’s data. A full list is available upon request. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most update to date, accurate and complete information on a candidate. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • 7-Year County Criminal Court Records Check
    A county criminal search is a search for felony and misdemeanor records at the central courthouse within a specified county. The central courthouse can be defined as the court housing the majority of felony and misdemeanor records. Additional records can sometimes be located in separate, lower courts, which may not be searched. Certn retrieves record data in a variety of ways including in-person visits to the courts by our extensive network of researchers or via online access portals. Results will reveal convictions and pending records for a seven-year period, subject to availability. Reported information may contain file/arrest date, case number, charge, charge level, disposition, disposition date and sentencing information. Applicable access fees will be passed through.
  • 7-Year Federal Statewide Criminal Check
    A search of the U.S. Federal Court records system (PACER) on a per state basis. This search will identify records held in federal courts, because they were prosecuted in a federal district court, which will not be found in county court records, or criminal database searches. Examples of records that may likely be prosecuted in a federal district court are white collar crimes, international/interstate drug trafficking, kidnapping, violations of the constitution or federal law and more. Certn typically reports back convictions and pending records for a seven-year period based on state/federal laws. Details listed could include identifiers used to match the record, file/arrest date, charge, charge level, disposition, disposition date and sentencing information where available. Information returned depends on availability of data in the record. Information returned depends on availability of data in the record.

The check covers a search for the last seven years as reported by: Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry (National with Alias), National Criminal Database with Alias, Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check with Alias, County level criminal record check for the last seven years of the candidate’s address history, Federal statewide criminal search for the last seven years of the candidate’s address history. Reportable criminal records typically reflect felony and misdemeanor convictions and pending records for a seven year timeframe. County searches are performed at the central courthouse in a specified county which houses the majority of felony and misdemeanor records for the county. Applicable access fees will be passed through.

  • Social Security Number (SSN) Trace
    A social security trace is an investigative tool used to identify name and address history associated with a given SSN. The alias names and addresses identified from this search tool are used to broaden the scope of a background check to include jurisdictions and names beyond what the candidate may have disclosed on an application. Certn reviews the seven-year history and uses the additional names/addresses to perform additional criminal searches. Note: The specific name/address list of results are used as “pointers” only and should not be used in any hiring decisions.
  • 7-Year National Criminal Database Check (with Alias)
    A national criminal database search is a multi-state powerful investigative tool used to discover potential criminal activity for an individual. Pulling from thousands of compiled sources such as the state Department of Corrections (DOC), sex offender registries, the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC), pardon and parole boards and hundreds of other state/county public record repositories, this search helps to identify potential criminal activity in areas outside of where someone might reside. Not all county and state repositories report to this database, so it is recommended that this search only be used only in addition to state and county residential criminal record searches, and not as a stand-alone search. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most updated, accurate and complete information on a candidate. Unless otherwise requested, Certn further investigates conviction and pending records for a seven year timeframe and reports data in accordance with federal and state laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • Sex Offender Registry Check (National with Alias)
    The national sex offender search is designed to identify if an individual is a registered sex offender. Certn provides any matches to your candidate, regardless of state, to ensure a full report. Appropriate usage of results should consider federal, state, local applicable laws. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • 7-Year Global Sanctions and Terrorist Watchlist Check (with Alias)
    A global sanctions and terrorist watchlist check searches of hundreds of exclusion, sanction and entity lists, US and globally, to assist with compliance of the US Patriot Act. Examples of sources include Office of Inspector General (OIG), General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC), System for Award Management (SAMS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), international sanctioning bodies, law enforcement agencies, regulatory enforcement agencies and non-regulatory agencies, including high profile person’s data. A full list is available upon request. In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Certn validates all potential records at the source to ensure we report only the most update to date, accurate and complete information on a candidate. This search takes primary name and alias names from social security trace into consideration.
  • 7-Year County Criminal Court Records Check
    A county criminal search is a search for felony and misdemeanor records at the central courthouse within a specified county. The central courthouse can be defined as the court housing the majority of felony and misdemeanor records. Additional records can sometimes be located in a separate, lower court, which may not be searched. This circumstance is rare but exists. Certn retrieves record data in a variety of ways including in-person visits to the courts by our extensive network of researchers or via online access portals which offer the same quality of data, and typically reports back convictions and pending records for a seven year period based on state/federal laws. Details listed could include identifiers used to match the record, file/arrest date, charge, charge level, disposition, disposition date and sentencing information where available. Information returned depends on availability of data in the record. Court Repository Access fees may apply for this check.
  • 7-Year Federal Statewide Criminal Check
    A search of the U.S. Federal Court records system (PACER) on a per state basis. This search will identify records held in federal courts, because they were prosecuted in a federal district court, which will not be found in county court records, or criminal database searches. Examples of records that may likely be prosecuted in a federal district court are white collar crimes, international/interstate drug trafficking, kidnapping, violations of the constitution or federal law and more. Certn typically reports back convictions and pending records for a seven year period based on state/federal laws. Details listed could include identifiers used to match the record, file/arrest date, charge, charge level, disposition, disposition date and sentencing information where available. Information returned depends on availability of data in the record. Information returned depends on availability of data in the record.

An inquiry of an applicant’s credit file. Reports include tradelines, bankruptcies, public record and collection information, and a credit score.

A USA Equifax Report is a soft inquiry of an applicant’s credit file. Reports include tradelines, bankruptcies, public record and collection information, and a *credit score. Note: Credit scores do not appear on reports related to employment.

Certn uses credit data combined with questions from the applicant’s credit file to verify the applicant’s identity. Identification Verification is required before beginning a criminal record check. Free (and required) when purchasing an RCMP criminal record check.

Establishes the real identity of an individual by verifying government-issued identification documents instantly. Certn’s advanced technologies are proven to detect false identities while providing a seamless identification verification process and deterring fraud.​

An education verification validates the disclosed education of an individual. Typically, the standard is to verify the highest degree, unless otherwise requested. Certn verifies degree(s) received, course of study, and dates of attendance when available. This is verified directly with the institution(s) listed which includes through their electronic repository that holds the records if required. Certn makes 3-5 sufficient attempts to obtain source data for verification and reports back accordingly. A sufficient attempt can be defined as an attempt which could reasonably lead to a result. Additional fees apply when a school utilizes an outsourced entity to provide data.

A credential verification validates a candidate’s professional credential/license as entered by the candidate. Certn makes 3-5 sufficient attempts to obtain source data for verification and reports back accordingly.

A 3-Year employment verification validates the details of disclosed employment history of an individual for a three year period. Current employers are contacted only if given permission to do so. The components verified could include position held and dates of employment and will depend on availability of data within an entity’s records. Income verification is also obtained for non-employment purposes only. Certn makes 3-5 sufficient attempts to obtain source data for verification and reports back accordingly. A sufficient attempt can be defined as an attempt which could reasonably lead to a result. Additional fees can apply when an employer utilizes an outsourced entity to provide data.

A 5-Year employment verification validates the details of disclosed employment history of an individual for a five year period.Current employers are contacted only if given permission to do so. The components verified could include position held and dates of employment and will depend on availability of data within an entity’s records. Income verification is also obtained for non-employment purposes only. Certn makes 3-5 sufficient attempts to obtain source data for verification and reports back accordingly. A sufficient attempt can be defined as an attempt which could reasonably lead to a result. Additional fees can apply when an employer utilizes an outsourced entity to provide data.

A 7-Year employment verification validates the details of disclosed employment history of an individual for a seven year period. Current employers are contacted only if given permission to do so. The components verified could include position held and dates of employment and will depend on availability of data within an entity’s records. Income verification is also obtained for non-employment purposes only. Certn makes 3-5 sufficient attempts to obtain source data for verification and reports back accordingly. A sufficient attempt can be defined as an attempt which could reasonably lead to a result. Additional fees can apply when an employer utilizes an outsourced entity to provide data.

A phone reference check includes manually calling your candidate’s supplied reference to answer a list of questions and the summary of the reference call is included in your Certn report. Certn has a standard list of questions or customer can provide their own.

A digital reference check includes submitting employment reference questionnaires using our standard questions or allows you to supply a customized list of questions to verify the best applicant.

This check includes discovering traffic citations, vehicular crimes, accidents, driving under the influence convictions and the number of points on the applicant’s driver’s license.

A motor vehicle record report shows a copy of a candidate’s driving record which includes license status, traffic citations and accident history through a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Additional state fees apply.

Global criminal screenings are available in most countries. Prices, turnaround time, information availability, required forms, etc. can vary by country.