Minnesota Free Background Check
Official background checks are still the best way of looking into an individual, but owing to many reasons apart from time and budget constraints, one may opt for unofficial background checks for the following reasons:1. Official background checks require the consent of the individual under scrutiny as well as special eligibility criteria. For example, “Ban the Box” States like Minnesota prohibit public employers from inquiring about the criminal history of applicants until they have conducted the 1st interview. Someone conducting unofficial background verification need not inform anyone or worry about qualifying eligibility. Anyone can do it.
2. Official records mandate a payment towards departmental fees. Unofficial background checks aggregate information from free resources and does not require payment of any such fees.
3. Given the fact that online and offline applications to TBI may take at least 5-7 days to get processed, unofficial verification may save a lot of time in putting together a profile of an individual provided that the researcher is willing to put in the desired effort.
In-house staff can be utilized for doing the background verification, without the need for hiring a specialized investigator.
The Minnesota Public Information Rules stipulates that all “public authorities”, their agencies and political entities must verify, document, and preserve records pertaining to all information mandated by law and procedure. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) of 1974 (amended in 1993) permits anyone to request public records in the State of Minnesota without stating any reason for access and there are no restrictions on the use of records once obtained. The Act notifies all State Agencies of the executive branch and the court records as public records except for below mentioned records that are public records with restricted access:
- Sealed Ballots
- Educational Records
- Welfare Data
- Domestic Abuse Records
- Investigatory Records
- Medical Records
- Foster Care Information
- Security-related Data
- Library Records
Ways of getting free background checks
Restricted access implies that applicants need to qualify for eligibility and/or authorization, and certain fee submissions. Hence it is advisable that the conduct of an unofficial background check be done from the following sources:
2. If the researcher, upon review of court records, discovers that an individual has a criminal history, then the information can be further corroborated from the inmate information of convicted felons from the State Department of Corrections. Inmate records can not only provide a mug shot of the person under scrutiny, but also the status of incarceration, probation, parole, or charges of violating probation or parole.
3. Additionally, one can even search if the subject to the background check is a sex offender, by doing a name search in the Offenders and Fugitives Registry of the State. This search also provides the latest is of residence of a sex offender and the same may be checked in the context of the said subject.
If the researcher or investigator wants to verify the marital status of the subject, the same can be done in the form of a name-based search in the Marriage Records.
All the aforesaid information put together makes for sufficient background verification but it is still vulnerable to identity theft by professional con-artists.
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