Performing a DUI background check is something that many employers, landlords and professional program directors must do. There are several different ways to approach this process. Most people prefer the convenience of using a reporting agency. These agencies, which usually operate online, have access to databases filled with relevant information. By paying a set fee, interested parties may request information about the candidate they're researching. Most of these companies provide the background results quickly. In most cases, results are available within 24 hours. However, there are cheaper ways to obtain the information that take longer.
The easiest way to obtain information about a person is by checking public records. Some district courts publish the information online, and anyone is allowed to perform their own DUI background check with this method. However, not all district courts have the time or ample staffing to put the information online. If this is the case, it's necessary to travel to the courthouse, use the district court's computer and look up the information manually. The only problem with this method is that it's limited to one location. The candidate who is being researched may have DUI records in other courts' jurisdictions. Some of their records may be in other states.
Another way to perform a DUI background check is to contact the Highway Patrol Department. To obtain more information about their background check process, find the phone number for the local department. Call and ask about fees, the process and what information is included. There is often more than one type of background check. Usually a full criminal background scan is needed to obtain DUI records. Most records usually include only the DUI charge information. Arrest records are often excluded unless they're requested. However, some states have specific rules about who can view arrest records.
The information in a traditional DUI background check includes all current charges. Any charges in the past that haven't been expunged will also appear. In order to expunge a DUI record, an individual must go through a lengthy legal process. There are some states that show certain expunged records to inquiring parties who have a good reason for requesting them. Adoption agencies, law enforcement agencies and some types of security companies may request this information. However, potential employers and landlords usually only need the basic information in a DUI background check, which is the information regarding the actual DUI charges.