Criminal Records Check

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Do-It-Yourself Criminal Records Check

A criminal records check can reveal erroneous data. For this reason, it may be a wise decision to run your own report using the internet. If you are in the process of applying for a job, leasing an apartment or purchasing a home, you might like to see what information comes up when your information is entered.

Once you have your report you can look over the contents and determine what, if anything needs to be corrected. Through the Fair Credit and Reporting Act, you are entitled to a free copy of your own report if you have been denied for credit, mortgage or an apartment within the last 60 days.

Editing Your Report

Without running an occasional criminal records check or credit report, you could missing out on opportunities based on incorrect data. Fixing the information on these reports is a tedious process. Once you have alerted a credit bureau or police department of the error, you will have to run additional reports until the false information has been lifted from your record.

Many employers base their decision on a background check. Falsifying information on an application or resume is breaking the law. You may be prosecuted for these actions, so the best way to avoid this situation is to be truthful during the application process, even if the information given is not an apt reflection of who you are.

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