Generally, statewide searches are performed on a few states that have somewhat thorough results. A few of the acceptable statewide searches are for New York, New Jersey, and Vermont. Outside of those states, CI prefers to go directly to the county in question. We believe this is the best practice for statewide searches.
Cursory Indicator New York is our preferred method of searching NYS. Alternatively, we run the NYS OCA search when it is needed for further research or is the preferred method of the client. This statewide criminal record inquiry consists of information from the New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA).
The OCA inquiry results include data from all 62 NY counties pertaining to misdemeanor and felony convictions and open/pending cases originating from city and county courts. Some town and village criminal disposition data is also included. Since January 2003 approximately 20% of all NY town and village Courts have been reporting disposition data to OCA. All NY City and County courts are required to report criminal disposition data to the NYS Office of Court Administration. Cases are updated within New York City approximately every 24 hours and outside NY City at least once a week.
OCA results returned are based upon an exact name and date of birth (DOB) match. The OCA charges $65 per name and DOB submitted. In most cases, New York Statewide Criminal Record inquiry results are relayed to CI clients within four to six hours.
Under New York State law, violations and infractions are not crimes. Also under New York State law, and covered by Federal EEOC guidelines, employers can not inquire into an applicant’s arrest history. Therefore, all OCA results are reviewed by at least two CI Investigators and information that is illegal for client’s to obtain is not relayed to them. Thus, ensuring compliance with New York State law and EEOC guidelines.
To add CI’s NY Statewide Criminal Record inquiry to your BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS, contact a CI representative.