Public Record Search
Scan Public Records with Softcheck
Get the full picture of who you’re hiring with our real-time public record search of global databases. Find anything in public records – in minutes with just a name and address.
Real-Time, Global Searches with Softcheck
Search thousands of international data sources for identification of potential illegal behaviour, criminal activity, incidents of fraud, regulatory violations, and negative media information.
This service also includes searches of country sanctions lists, politically exposed persons lists, sex offender registries, terrorist registries, and most wanted lists from around the world.
*Softcheck isn’t available in all jurisdictions, but our global compliance experts can advise you on how you can add it to your background screening process where permitted.
Peace of Mind
Protect the trust you’ve built with your customers, partners, and employees.
Identify any red flags that a candidate may have that wouldn’t be flagged on a standard background check.
Prevent Fraud & Misrepresentation
Ensure the safety of your people, tenants, and the public by identifying potential issues earlier.
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From one check to thousands, we can meet your business wherever you are. We give you the flexibility to choose the checks that matter most to you.
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“The price point is amazing, and so is the service and turnaround time. It’s really a no-brainer.”
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“Not only is the platform easy to use for all audiences, but the internal support system is beyond what we could have imagined.”
Your Questions, Answered
Softcheck isn’t a criminal record check, but a search of public criminal court records and decisions, negative press results, public biographies, and international watchlists.
Softcheck searches for numerous “themes” including:
- Crimes against a person
- Crimes against property
- Inchoate crimes
- Statutory crimes
- Financial and other crimes
- Other potentially problematic indicators (e.g., audits, default risk, financial condition risk, presence on banned director’s lists, presence on global sanctions lists and watchlists, etc.)
Softcheck results are available in minutes.
Public records searches can reveal information that may not show up in a criminal record check, so employers may want to conduct a public records search to assess potential job-relevant risks to make more informed decisions before hiring someone. For example, running a public records search can help uncover trends of negative or controversial behaviour that could be a risk in a high profile public-facing role.
Softcheck isn’t available in all jurisdictions, but our global compliance experts can advise you on how you can add it to your background screening process where permitted. We can also advise on which other products might be suitable instead, such as adverse media checks or social media screening. As with all background checks, employers should consider the relevance of the information obtained from public records and how it directly relates to the candidate’s qualifications, job requirements, and potential risks associated with the position.
Softcheck is Certn’s proprietary public records search. Softcheck is a search of hundreds of thousands of international data sources for identification of activities such as potential illegal behaviour or criminal activity not documented in a criminal record check such as incidents of fraud, regulatory violations and revoked registrations, and adverse media. This service also includes searches of country sanction lists, politically exposed persons lists, sex offender registries, terrorist registries, and most wanted lists.
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