Criminal Record Check

A criminal record check, also known as a criminal record search, is a statement showing that a person’s past behaviour does not constitute an obstacle to fulfilling a specific task or function. It shows if the person has (no) criminal records or policy history.

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Employees / consumers

For a new position, job, internship, assignment, or, for example, the application for a visa, permit or membership.


Background checking (potential) employees will reduce risks in the organisation.

Volunteer Organizations

Criminal background checks can help organizations that rely on volunteers to protect vulnerable populations from harm.

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For which type of organisations is a criminal background check relevant?

Criminal record checks are always at the top of the most requested checks for companies. In many cases, a criminal background check may also be required by law or legislation. For example, many countries require childcare providers to undergo a criminal background check before being licensed. Ultimately, it can help to create a safer and more secure environment for both employees and customers. We give you two examples of cases where it can be useful:

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How do we conduct a criminal record check?

The PESCHECK team is committed to maintaining an up-to-date process where the candidate gets help requesting the criminal records check. We also have a dedicated staff that focuses on the application process for international certificates of conduct. The candidate will be given instructions based on the country to apply for a criminal record.


Benefits of outsourcing criminal record checks

Criminal record searches have become an essential part of modern life. As the world gets smaller and more interconnected, it’s important to be able to screen people for criminal activity. That’s where PESCHECK comes in. We offer requests for criminal records in +200 countries.

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We offer a cost-effective solution: a criminal record search service that is quick, simple and reliable.

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Automate this time-consuming process by outsourcing it. We take care of the screening procedure as soon as we get the required information of the candidate.

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We performed more than +300.000 screenings using technology and in-house professionals for customers over the last few years.

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  • How to check criminal record?

    There are a few different ways to go about checking someone’s criminal record. The most common way is to request a criminal background check from a state or federal government agency (digitally).

    Another way to check someone’s criminal record is to run a request for the personal criminal background check fully digital via PESCHECK. If you do not know how to apply for a criminal record in a specific country, please consult PESCHECK. We offer a process for the request of criminal records for 200 countries.

  • Why are criminal record checks important?

    Criminal record checks are important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they help to ensure the safety of the public by preventing individuals with criminal records from gaining access to sensitive areas or positions of authority. In addition, it can help to protect businesses and organisations from potential liability. For example, if an individual with a criminal record is hired without a background check and goes on to commit a crime, the employer could be held liable and have a reputational damage.

  • How much time does it take to get a criminal record?

    The amount of time it takes to get the certificate of good conduct varies depending on the country. For example, a criminal background check conducted in the Netherlands usually finishes within 3 working days. UK DBS takes after the submission 1 hour. In Germany, Belgium it can take up to several days. In edge cases it takes longer to obtain a criminal record, because it goes manual from a local police department. In general, however, it is possible to get a criminal record within a few days.

  • What do criminal background checks cover?

    Finally, it provides peace of mind for both employers and employees. Knowing that all employees have been properly screened can help to create a more positive and productive work environment.

    While the specific information included in criminal background checks can vary depending on the country, they usually include a person’s criminal record. This includes information on any arrests, convictions, and incarcerations. In some cases, criminal background checks may also include information on pending criminal cases or charges that have been dismissed.

  • How long does a criminal record last?

    In the United Kingdom, a criminal record lasts for an indefinite period. This means that once someone has been convicted of a criminal offence, their criminal record will appear on background checks for the rest of their life.

    There are some exceptions to this, however. For example, criminal records for certain types of offences (such as motoring offences) can be “spent” after a certain period of time has passed. This means that they will not appear on background checks. For more serious offences, such as murder or rape, there is no time limit on how long a criminal record will last. Each country has his own rules regarding the lookup history of the criminal history and it could become very complex, as in the Netherlands for example.

  • Do criminal records expire?

    In the United Kingdom, criminal records do not expire. However, certain information may be removed from an individual’s criminal record after a set period of time. For example, spent convictions are convictions that are considered to be old and unlikely to be repeated. After a specified period of time, these convictions will no longer appear on an individual’s criminal record.

    Similarly, cautions and reprimands will also be removed after a set period of time. The length of time that must pass before this information is removed from a criminal record varies depending on the offence and the age of the offender at the time of the offence. In general, however, it is typically between five and ten years.

Types of background checks

There are many different types of pre-employment checks that organisations can choose to conduct.le ID and CV check may be sufficient. However, further research on the applicant is needed for functions that entail integrity, reliability, and impeccable behaviour. PESCHECK helps you identify which types of checks to run for certain functions, and offers checks tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.

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