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How can I do a background search on my nanny/babysitter?

Ken Little

One source not to ask for a background search on another person is law enforcement agencies.

There are plenty of private companies found online that will perform a background check for a fee.

Some state agencies, like the N.C. Department of Correction, post fairly extensive offender records that list felony and some misdemeanor criminal convictions committed in the state.

A free search can be done by visiting the NCDOC Web site and clicking on “Offender Search” under the Services listing on the right side of the home page.

Otherwise, try a search for the term “background check” and a host of companies that charge for the service pop up.

“There are private organizations that are fee-based that can run criminal background checks,” Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Crockett says.

As for law enforcement agencies, “They generally do not do that for private citizens,” Crockett says.

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2 Responses to “ How can I do a background search on my nanny/babysitter?”

  1. On August 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm charlie wrote:

    Don’t forget to mention Wilmington Based 123nc.com ….. it’s safer to have an expert check the records from all data bases.

  2. On August 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm Scot wrote:

    There are some great online products that far exceed the information available from law enforcement. See http://www.crimshield.com for the best way to verify that the person you are hiring to watch your children has no verifiable criminal history.

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