Background Checks

North Carolina Background Checks

North Carolina Statewide Criminal reports are obtained from the AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts) in Raleigh that are updated daily. This search will report infractions, traffic citations, felony and misdemeanor records from all 100 county district and superior courts within a 7 year search scope (CRA Regulation).



Before You Hire, Inc. is an approved vendor on the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) List. Please visit their website for more details: North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC)


Out of State Background Checks

Whether being county by county or state by state, Before You Hire, Inc. has the ability to obtain criminal background information from anywhere in the U.S.

International background checks are available as well.


Nationwide Sweep Background Checks

The Nationwide Database Search covers 45+ states including the District of Columbia. Each participating state provides information from at least one of the following: county courts, state corrections, or the state sexual offender index, giving over 400 million records. Please note information maintained in the nationwide database by The Department of the Treasury – Office of Foreign Asset Control may be updated monthly, quarterly, or even yearly. The search also includes Foreign National Search. With this being a database search, this information should never be relied upon for the sole portion of the employment screening process.

States that DO NOT participate: Delaware, South Dakota and Wyoming.

It is HIGHLY advised to process a North Carolina Criminal in conjunction to this sweep as NC stopped reporting to this database source in March 2011!


Federal Background Checks

If one is arrested by federal authorities and taken to a federal detention center, the likelihood is that the case will be handled in federal court. There are numerous types of offenses that fall under the category of federal crimes, which include:

  • Smuggling Controlled Substances
  • Internet Crimes
  • Large Quantity Narcotic Conspiracy Cases
  • Bank Robbery and Bank Fraud
  • Pornography Cases
  • Mail Fraud/Theft from the Mail
  • Bribery of Public Officials
  • Crimes Committed on Federal Land
  • Interstate Crimes

In federal court, both the United States Code and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines control sentencing. Under the Guidelines, a federal judge is required to sentence according to a formula, which is a combination of the offense of conviction and the defendant’s criminal history.


National Sex Offender

The National Sex Offender Registry is the most comprehensive list reporting over 700,000 registered sex offenders, covering the entire United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The repository includes over 700,000 names and 400,000 photographs.


National Security Watchlist [OIG/SAM/NCNAR/EPLS]

The Security Watch List is a compilation of the following:
Air Force Fugitives, ATF Most Wanted, Australian Consolidated List, Canadian Sanctions List, Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets, DEA Fugitives, Debarred Parties List, Denied Persons List, EU Consolidated List, Excluded Parties List, FBI Fugitives (various lists), FBI Most wanted Terrorists, FBI 10 Most Wanted, Health & Human Services Exclusions Lists, HM Treasury Consolidated List, INTERPOL, NCUA Administrative Orders, OCC/OTS Enforcement Actions List, Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) List, Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) List, Specially Designated Nationals List, Terrorism Knowledge Base, Unverified List, US Marshals 15 Most wanted, US Secret Service Most Wanted, USPS Most Wanted, World Bank Listing of Ineligible Firms/Individuals.