Investigative Services from a Private Investigation Agency | Pinkerton Pinkerton is your trusted source for investigative services. With over 160 years of experience, see why we are the leading private investigation agency.
Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer

Offering a full range of employment background checks that are reliable & fast.


Utilizing our global network of resources, Pinkerton offers comprehensive legally-compliant background check reports for mitigating risks associated with hiring, retention, business partners, and vendors. Pinkerton provides federal, state, and county criminal searches, federal and state civil searches, and employment history verifications, and education verifications. Some of the common employment background checks we perform for employers include:

Our State Department of Law Enforcement check is a search of the state law enforcement bureau or repository that reveals criminal record history. Only some states offer state wide searches. Turnaround and release requirements vary. A report of this nature has limited uses and may not reflect public records at the county level. Reports also contain many entries that are not public record. Where applicable, each search conducted will incur a state repository fee. Also available with alias. The only states that we do not provide a statewide search for are: CA, LA, MA, NV, OH, WV, WY.

This is one of the most powerful tools for uncovering criminal records. Since law enforcement agencies report felony and misdemeanor charges, a county criminal search is where a record is likely to be filed. 

A search of the county seat for any criminal records. Information returned may include: 

  • Felony & Misdemeanor Records (indicating where applicant has lived or worked in the past seven (7) years) 
  • Criminal Traffic (available as an additional service) 
  • Individual's Name (as it appears in court records)
    • Date of Birth 
    • Social Security Number 
    • Address 
    • Driver's License Number 
    • File Date 
    • Charge(s) & Disposition of Each Charge 
    • Sentence & Disposition Date

A county search is the most current and comprehensive choice but has obvious geographical limitations. It works very well when used in conjunction with a social security trace to achieve both breadths of coverage and depth of reporting. All US counties are available for search. Where applicable, each search conducted will incur a county repository fee. Also available to be done with an alias.

Federal District Criminal Court Search retrieves current information about current federal cases. There are 189 district courts, 136 bankruptcy courts, and 13 circuit courts of appeals. There are only 6 district courts, 15 bankruptcy courts, and 5 circuit court of appeals not indexed. This system provides lists of cases, searched by name or filing date, as well as electronic case summaries and dockets. The United States district courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters. Each hit produced from a search will give party name, the court where the case was filed, the case number, and the filing date. Some examples of violations are drug trafficking, kidnapping, and arms trafficking. Search is available and priced per jurisdiction or all districts. Also available with alias.

A search within a specific federal jurisdiction that includes federal issues. Information returned may include: Case number, file date, plaintiff(s), defendant(s), type of case, disposition and disposition date. Search is available and priced per jurisdiction or all districts.

Searches include record retrieval from either the specified jurisdiction’s court of administration or criminal history agency. Information is obtained from the public record index maintained by the country’s court. Over 200 countries are available for search. Price and turnaround varies dependent upon the country searched.

  • Social Security Number Validation & Issuance Date 
  • Address History 
  • Alias History 
  • National Criminal Indicator Search 
  • National Sex Offender Registry Search 
  • Sanction & Debarment Search 
  • Office of Inspector General Health & Human Services Search 
  • Food & Drug Administration Department Search 
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (ofac) Search 
  • U.S. General Services Administration Excluded Parties List

This search can be performed by a single federal district or as a national search of the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court (all districts included). This is available by individual or business name for any bankruptcy filings. It returns bankruptcy records including information such as the type of filing and date of discharge. This information should only be used when applicable and in compliance with state and federal laws.

Pinkerton provides a search of all 50 states for known and listed sexual offenders. Rules vary from state to state regarding the dissemination of this data. State law dictates the content of the sexual offender registry, so the length of history and types of offenses reported varies by state. A national search may be performed, which is on a database that filters all states into a national database, which enables our researchers to search for offenders on a national scale. Information returned may include: Subject's name, date of birth, social security number, address, race, sex, height, weight, hair and eye color, distinguishing marks, aliases, FBI and state offender number and offense.

Civil Court Search is priced separately for Upper and Lower, as available. Civil Court Upper: A search of the county jurisdiction's civil index that includes issues of state civil litigation. The information returned may include: Case number, plaintiff(s), defendant(s). If on the index, additional information may include: type of case, disposition, disposition date, and judgment. Civil Court Lower: A search of the county or city jurisdiction that lists civil cases for an individual as plaintiff or defendant. These are usually small claims filings and are often governed by a dollar limit. Information returned is the same as Civil Court Upper. Also available to be done with an alias.

CrimAlert™ is a highly advanced post-hire screening solution that monitors enrolled employees, contractors or volunteers on an ongoing basis. This service includes the initial pre-employment screening through the National Criminal and Records Locator. CrimAlert then automatically checks, tracks, organizes, and pinpoints important record notifications. Risk managers are then alerted to new criminal records and changes to existing records. By automating and streamlining the process of monitoring and record keeping, employers can reduce liability by proactively identifying risk post-hire.


Questions on your background check report?

To learn about free file disclosures, getting a free copy of your consumer report and submitting a dispute, review our File Disclosure page and our Compliance Resources.


Tailored solutions for your industry.

Additionally, Pinkerton can assist you with specialty searches that are unique to your industry or a specific job function within your organization.

To learn more about Pinkerton’s Background Checks for Employment Services, please contact us today.

Send Us A Message
ALLAN PINKERTON 1850
Contact us
Find a location near you

Pinkerton Headquarters

101 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

1.800.724.1616

pinkerton.info@pinkerton.com