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Additional Employment Screening State And Court Access Fees Explained

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While we absorb most (98 %) court record access costs as part of our service, we should note that some courts or governmental entities charge a very high fee to allow access to criminal court records. A few states’ rates for a full criminal record background check are sometimes more than our total charge. We are unable to absorb the fee as part of our usual process in these few unique circumstances. You can also refuse these payments and have the state or county criminal record background check removed from the requested screening.

Department of Motor Vehicle Driving Record Access Fees

All state DMVs charge a state fee to access driving record information. The cost varies by state. Click Here for country driving record fees.

County and State Court Criminal Records Access Fees

Some counties or states charge a separate fee for access to criminal records. Other than generating extra revenue, there is no compelling reason that the two percent of counties and the states listed below charge these high records access fees. This is more like a tax that they make us collect for them. In any event, the counties own the criminal court records and set their policies for how much they charge for access. So the choice is simple: pay these “Fees” or risk not knowing an applicant’s criminal background.​

Massachusetts

Massachusetts charges a $25 access fee for CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information). We have to use this report for Massachusetts as the county reports are not up-to-date, fast, or reliable. Therefore, we must use this report to provide an accurate and comprehensive search of criminal records in the state of Massachusetts.

New York

The state of New York has the highest court record access costs in the country, at $65. We have to use this report for New York as the county reports are not up-to-date, fast, or reliable. Therefore, we must rely on this report to conduct a thorough and accurate search of criminal records in the state of New York. We will delete this report from the search if a client chooses not to run it, but any criminal action in New York will remain unreported.

 

Michigan

The state criminal record database criminal offender record information is the most comprehensive way to search the state of Michigan when conducting a pre-employment criminal records background check. The state of Michigan charges a fee of $10.00 to access the (ICHAT) criminal records database system. This fee is added to your search’s regular cost and is paid to the State of Michigan. Turnaround times are typically the same day to next day. The Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) allows the search of public criminal history record information maintained by the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center. All felonies and serious misdemeanors that are punishable by over 93 days are required to be reported to the state repository by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts in all 83 Michigan counties

California

California does not have a statewide criminal record database. Criminal records are only available from the counties. As a result, some California counties charge a fee to access government documents. This cost is usually $5.00 or less.

Credential Verification Services Colleges and Universities

Third-party database services are used by all colleges and some companies, as well as all institutions. When charged to us as part of an education or previous employment verification, such “third party fees” are passed on to Absolute Background Search, Inc. clients at the actual cost imposed by the third party. Additional fees charged by these entities are beyond our control and are in addition to the fees charged by any screening firm for services. We only pass them on when we are charged and do not mark them up in any way. You can decline these payments and have the verification removed from the requested screening. For more information on any of our employment screening services, on any of the links below.

 

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