The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (“FDLE”) defines a background check as “a criminal history record check to determine if a person has been arrested and/or convicted of a crime.” If you were to request such a check, FDLE would search the following databases:
- The Florida Computerized Criminal History Central Repository for Florida arrests (state check).
- The FBI’s national criminal history database for federal arrests as well as arrests from other states (national check).
- The Florida Crime Information Center for warrants and domestic violence injunctions (hot files check).
A national background check is based only on your fingerprints, while a state check is based upon your name (and other identifying characteristics) or your fingerprints.
A Level 1 background check in Florida refers to a check based upon your name and employment history. A Level 2 background check, on the other hand, refers to a state and national check based upon your fingerprints and consideration of disqualifying offenses. This more intensive background check applies to those employees who are designated by Florida law as holding positions of responsibility or trust.
Finally, you should note that while both state and federal criminal-history databases are able to search for your arrests, warrants, and other information, neither database is able to search for specific crimes that are on your record.
If you are interested in getting your criminal record sealed or expunged in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, St. Lucie County, Martin County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, or Miami-Dade County, please call me, attorney Ron Chapman, at 561-832-4348 to discuss your case and see how I might be able to help you.