The Guide to Background Investigations, 9th Edition

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Synopsis: The Guide was created to provide employers and others involved in background investigations with a tool to help access information contained in public records. First published in 1987 with the title National Employment Screening Directory, the content has been expanded with each new edition. In addition, the information is updated extensively every two years. The book’s format has been updated for the 9th Edition to make the directories easier and more convenient to use. Following an introduction offering tips on the value and use of public records for investigative purposes, The Guide contains five major sections: State Records Directory, Canadian Records Directory, Locator Directory, Federal Records Directory, and Educational Records Directory. The State Records Directory is arranged alphabetically by state. For each state, a brief introduction provides an overview of access to the state’s records and includes the state’s hot-line number for additional assistance. The State Record Directory includes contacts for obtaining corporation commission information, criminal records, driving and vehicle records, license verification through state boards, vital statistics (birth, death, marriage and divorce), UCC records (asset liens) and workers’ compensation records. Listings detail procedures, fees and additional notes on accessing state records. Within the State Record Directory, courthouses are listed state-by-state for access to criminal, misdemeanor and civil records that are stored at the county level. Each state section ends with a city-county cross-reference, an atlas quality state map and a map index. When only an individual’s address is known, the cross-reference, map and index can be used to determine the county of residence as well as surrounding counties. The Locator Directory provides a zip code, state and county cross-reference which can be used to verify the county where an addresses is located in areas where a city’s boundaries may overlap more than one county. The Canadian Records Directory includes sources for Canadian Driving Records, Canadian Criminal Records and a listing of over 200 Canadian Schools. The Federal Records Directory begins with a brief description of the federal court system and how it can be used to access civil, criminal and bankruptcy cases. Listed by state, entries include the address, telephone number, and procedures for each district and bankruptcy court. Also included in the Federal Records Section are Federal Appellate Courts and sources for Military Records. The Educational Records Directory lists over 4,000 colleges, universities, and trade and technical schools. Listed alphabetically, each entry supplies the address and telephone number for the registrar’s office, along with the policy and procedures for accessing information. Schools are also cross-referenced by state and city. The Guide to Background Investigations is indispensable as the most accurate and comprehensive nationwide directory to public record sources. The broad scope of the book combined with the depth and detail of its listings make it an excellent choice for researchers and investigators looking for a valuable yet affordable resource for background information.

From the Inside Flap: The Guide to Background Investigations has undergone quite a transformation since the inaugural edition in 1987. Originally entitled the National Employment Screening Directory, the first slim volume contained only 320 pages. Users, primarily consisting of employers, were given four sources of public record from which to order pre-employment screening information: workers' compensation records, driving records, state criminal records and educational records. This modest amount of information actually represented a huge advance in the field of employment screening. For the first time, employers had a resource that pointed them to inexpensive public records that could significantly enhance their employment screening efforts. Progress: What that first edition did, it did well. However, it quickly became apparent that a few improvements could make the publication even more valuable, not only to the employer, but also to other professions interested in performing background investigations. First, many more sources of public record have been added. Where the first edition contained only workers' comp, driving, state criminal, and education records, new sources of public record have been added with each new edition. The Guide can now direct you to procedures for obtaining records from any of ten state agencies in the 50 states plus DC. By contacting these you can find anything from vital statistics to criminal records. You can also find out procedures for requesting criminal, civil and misdemeanor records from any of the 3000+ counties across the nation. State licensing boards in each state have also been added to help you verify licenses from eleven professions. The Guide also now offers information for such federal record holders as the military for personnel and school records, district criminal, civil and bankruptcy courts, Regional Record Service Facilities for older and closed district and bankruptcy court records, and the FAA. To help locate the proper jurisdiction to which you should submit a request, you can look in the City/County Cross-reference for each state, a comprehensive Zip code/State/County Cross-reference or refer to the state maps which include county boundaries with grids and indexes. The organizational structure of The Guide has also changed. Where record holders were once grouped by subject, they are now grouped geographically. No longer does an investigator have to flip back and forth between various sections of the book to find state sources of information on an individual. Everything for a given state is located in the State Records Directory in the front section of the book. For federal records, turn to the Federal Records Directory. Procedures for verifying attendance and degree and obtaining transcripts from any post-secondary institution in the country are located in the Educational Records Directory. The original version was so improved that the name was even changed to its presently titled The Guide to Background Investigations. Additions: The Eighth Edition continues to build on the foundation laid by its seven predecessors. In addition to contacting every agency listed in the Seventh Edition (to insure we have listed complete and current information), sources for driving records in the American Territories are now included. This addition, along with our Canadian section, prompted us to include a Time Zone Map to help our readers when contacting jurisdictions outside of their own calling area. Added to the list of medical licensing fields is each state's Board of Pharmacy and Medical Examiner's Office. And, at the request of our readers, we have improved the Zip Code/State/County Cross-reference and added the indexes back to the state maps. Look for an improved, easy-to-use County/District/Division Cross-reference for each state in the District Court Record sections. At the back of the book there is now a new Buyer's Guide section. Our Mission: TISI is committed to providing publications and products that enable security and personnel professionals to do their jobs more effectively, at less expense, in less time. Whether new to The Guide or a long time customer, you will find the Eighth Edition to be another significant step toward that goal. Another publication by TISI is the Social Security Number Guide. This 13-page booklet helps identify incorrect or fraudulent Social Security Numbers and determine the state of issue. Like The Guide to Background Investigations, it is also available on diskette. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Forward Introduction

Why Background Investigations?

The Need to Know

Answers Through Public Records

Summary of Contents

Keeping Current

Limitations of The Guide

Suggested Precautions

Identifiers Using The Guide to Background Investigations

Learning By Doing State Records Directory

Utility and Availability

Criminal Records

Driving Records, Vehicle Ownership And Identification Records

Workers' Compensation Records

Vital Statistics

Incorporations

Licensing Boards

UCC Records

Federal And State Tax Liens

Civil Court Records

City/County Cross References

Icons United States Time Zones And Area Codes State Listings (all 50 States plus the District of Columbia) American Territories Driving Records Canadian Driving Records Locator Directory Zip Code/County/State Cross Reference Federal Records Directory

The Federal Court System

Using Federal Records

What You Will Find

Record Service Facilities

Pacer

United States District Court Listings

Regional Records Service Facilities Listings

Federal Aviation Administration

Military Locator - Personnel Records

Military Locator - World Wide Military Locators

Military Schools Educational Records Directory

The Problem Solved

Ins And Outs

Understanding The School And Program Listings

Accreditation

State/City/School Cross Reference

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