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Tier 1- Pre-Employment Background Search

The basic pre-employment background search is used for the majority of "rank and file applicants" who are applying to retain sales companies; manufacturer's or assembly line type organizations; health car, child care, and elderly care providers; pharmaceutical manufacturing companies or companies that are primarily concerned about the validity of the applications they are receiving as well as the potential impact that an applicant may have on their work force, their company and their customers.

  • This search provides:
  • Social security number verification
  • Address history verification
  • National Criminal history check
  • National Sex Offender check
  • Consumer Credit Report

The social security number verification database compares your prospective employee's social security number with credit header databases to insure that the number has not been used in conjunction with another person's name. It verifies the fact that the prospective employee is, in fact, who they say they are. If a name other than perhaps a former married name turns up it is a signal that further investigation is needed if the employer intends to hire the applicant such as the presentation to the employer of the applicant's social security card and other identifying information; contacting Optimal Intelligence for investigation into the identity of the applicant. Optimal Intelligence has a direct verification account with the Social Security Administration.

Information in the address history database includes: Most Likely Current Address, Phone Numbers, Previous Addresses, Possible Relatives – (people with the same last name as the subject who have shared an address) – Ages, Month/Year of birth, Addresses and Phone Numbers; Neighbors; Ownership Information for Historical and Current Addresses, and National Bankruptcies. Variations between the address history shown on the application and the address history that comes up in this database could be an indication that the applicant wasn't living where he/she said they were during a certain time frame which could be a signal to the prospective employer that the prospective employee requires further back grounding should the employer be truly interested in pursuing the application further.

Our National Criminal database is the most extensive collection of criminal data records exclusive of those maintained by the FBI. It currently is comprised of 75% of the states and contains more than 84 million records. It also includes data from the Foreign National Sanctions Repository and Multi-State Sex and Violent Offenders. Although we can only provide "hits" within the past seven years, a "hit" in this database should signal the employer to look more closely at the applicant. Often times common names will produce multiple "hits" with no date of birth shown for the person shown in the database. This can require either having the prospective employee to make a trip to the courthouse in order to obtain a "no record" certification or Optimal Intelligence can do the verification in the client's behalf at our reasonable rates.

  • National Worker's Compensation Appeals Board Index check (Following a conditional offer of employment)

The Worker's Compensation Appeals Board Index contains all WCAB claims submitted for the last ten years and is searched by social security number so that our clients won't miss a claim that has been submitted following a name change. This is an extremely valuable database that can identify applicants with a history of WCAB claims that may affect their performance if the prospective employer hires them.

Due to regulations governing this information the WCAB Index Check can only be completed after the client has made a conditional offer of employment to the prospective employee.

Tier 2 - Pre-Employment Background Search

This search provides:

  • Social security number verification
  • Address history
  • National Criminal history check
  • National Sex Offender check
  • National Worker's Compensation Appeals Board Index check
  • National Bankruptcies, Judgments & Liens
  • National Fictitious Business Names
  • National US District Court Index check
  • Consumer Credit Report

This computer database search, normally used in considering applicants for middle and upper management positions provides all of the data that is developed in the basic Tier I Background plus:

The National Bankruptcies, Judgments and tax Liens database which is a trio of individual databases providing nationwide coverage of important court actions. We search all three databases at once. Information from every bankruptcy court in the country is represented in this database. Judgments and tax liens are available for most states, although data in some regions is unavailable due to the lack of computerization in those courthouses. The liens represented are those of federal, state and county origin. Mors employers are concerned with hiring middle and upper management employees to manage their assets without succumbing to the distractions of insolvency and wage garnishments. This database identifies potential problems in this area.

The National Fictitious Business Names database contains over 10 million records from government filing offices such as Secretaries of State, Fictitious, DBA, AKA and Assumed Name Filings, Board of Equalization and various licensing offices, as well as Yellow Page listings and newspapers. Over 150,000 new businesses are added to this file each month. Historic records go back to 1989, although the file is comprehensive from 1994. Search the entire nation at once by contact name, business name, street, city, county, state, phone, or any combination of these fields. Each record in the file contains a company name, address and phone number; contact name, address and phone number; filing date and document number; SIC code and a business description.

The National US District Court Index Check is helpful in identifying candidates with federal court activity including civil and criminal cases and acts as a cross check on bankruptcy cases.

This database is often helpful in identifying potential middle and upper management employees who may have potential conflicts of interest or perhaps failed to list their current or former business affiliations. A "hit" in this database can signal the fact that further investigation by Optimal Intelligence is needed before a final determination and offer can be made

Tier 3 - Pre-Employment Background Search

This search provides:

  • Social security number verification
  • Address history
  • National Criminal history check
  • National Sex Offender check
  • National Worker's Compensation Appeals Board Index check
  • National Bankruptcies, Judgments & Liens
  • National Fictitious Business Names
  • National UCC's
  • National Secretary of State Filings
  • National Property
  • National Warrants
  • Business Comprehensive Report
  • National US District Court Index check
  • Securities Violators check
  • Consumer Credit Report

We consider this search to be our Platinum Risk Assessment Computer Background which includes all of the data from the Tier I and Tier II Backgrounds plus:

The National UCC Filings database which provides information on Uniform Commercial Code Filings Records which may include information related to a business loan or lease, debtor, and secured party. Individuals whose names appear in this database may be guarantors on loans to companies that they have an interest in. IF the appear as guarantors on loans to other companies and have not disclosed this fact in their application or on their prospectus, a "hit" in this database may raise further questions that should be answered by Optimal Intelligence investigators who can review the record in order to get to the truth.

National Secretary of State Filings: Annually, all corporations are required to file with their respective Secretary of State a list of corporate officers, office addresses, and other information. The National Secretary of State database is a powerful tool to discover an individual that is involved with numerous separate corporations, limited partnerships, and/or limited liability companies. This database can also be used to verify the existence and names of principal officers of a company in which you are interest in doing business.

The National Property database is a compilation of data from individual county assessor records representing property tax rolls and deed transfer records maintained by the county recorders. The database includes information on the taxable value of a property and may include market and/or appraised property values. Recorder's transfers are updated monthly and the assessor's files are updated annually. Since each county reports their information at varying times of the year, the age of the data will not be uniform. Depending on the reporting capabilities of each county, some state's data may be incomplete.

The California Corporations, LLC's and LP's database is a powerful tool to discover an individual that is involved with numerous separate corporations, limited partnerships, and/or LLCs. This database can also be used to verify the existence and names of principal officers of a company in which you are interested in doing business. The ability to search by address will also give you a list of multiple businesses operating from the same address. California Corporations, LLC's and LP's are search simultaneously.

The California Professional Licenses database contains information about individuals or businesses. The state requires these entities to engage in specific professional activities. Updated monthly, this file contains over 4 million records. All available license types are searched for one charge. The Bureau of Consumer Affairs in this database are: Accountancy, Acupuncture Committee, Alarm Companies, Animal Health Tec, Appliance Repair, Architects, Audiologists, Automotive Repair, Barbering & Cosmetology, Behavioral Sciences, Chiropractors, Contractors, Dental Auxiliaries, dental Examiners, Dispensing Opticians, Dry Cleaning, Engineers/Surveyors, Fire Arms Permits, Funeral Directors, Geologists/Geophysicists, Guards, Hearing Aid Dispenser, Home Furnishings, Investigative Services, Landscape Architects, Locksmiths, Med Provider Consultant, Medical Quality Assurance, Nursing Home Administration, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatric Medicine, Psych Tech Examiners, Psychology, Realtors/Brokers, Repossession Agencies, Registered Nursing, Respiratory Care, Shorthand Reporters, Speech Pathology, Structural Pest Board, Tax Preparers, Veterinary Medicine, Vocational Nursing.

The Business Comprehensive Report is a nationwide search that returns a comprehensive report for the business selected for the search.


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