ARTICLE: Getting Your Volunteer Screening Right: Using the Tools of the Trade to Build a Better Background Check

There are thousands of data sources throughout the country, including over 3,500 county databases, hundreds of state repositories, and thousands of sheriff's offices and corrections facilities. There is no centralized U.S. system that you can pull from to get comprehensive, up-to-date criminal record information from all of these sources. Instead, there are a number of screening locator tools that can be used separately or together to build a reliable background check. The more you use, the more thorough your check.

Read Getting Your Volunteer Screening Right to learn what tools you need to get the most comprehensive background check.