Get the Right Information the First Time

We are often asked by churches and other ministry organizations, “What type of criminal background check should I do for my staff, employees and volunteers?“ We have consulted with thousands of ministries to help them understand the types of criminal records sources. We developed an online consultation system, so ministries can view recommendations for criminal background checks in each state.

Which Background Check Services are Right for Me?

When searching the “national” criminal database it’s important to understand what jurisdictions are included in the database, how often the records are updated, what identifiers are and are not given, what search parameters are used, and what compliance issues are associated with a database “hit” as it relates to the FCRA §613.

Recommendations include criminal background checks, as well as a “true” 50 states sex offender registry search, with several states that must be searched by “name-only” as some states do not provide date of birth on the offenders.  A social security number verification is included to verify the correct name and date of birth of the applicant and to alert you to possible mismatches between the name provided by the applicant and the name registered to the social security number. A mismatch could indicate that the applicant is attempting to hide his/her true identity.

Protect My Ministry is one of very few companies serving the ministry marketplace that offers an FCRA §613 compliant “national” criminal database search for volunteers and employees. Our process delivers instant results on reports containing no-hits. For “hit” records there is a 24-48 hour process of re-verification, in which the county courthouse records are updated to the “national” criminal database records, prior to sending results back.

Learn more about how Re-Verification can help you.