Background Search

KNOW about that person!

(Click here to go straight to the Basic Background Request Form)

Investigative Tactics offers high-quality background checks/searches from basic to extensive.  Don't be fooled by those free and even the pay-for online backgrounds.  Those websites only supply data you can get yourself and is available to anyone in the public; much of that information has not verified to be correct OR even about the person you're look at.  Former clients have told us that the data those online "People Finder" and "411" searches do not contain accurate information, and much of it is years old. 

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Not the way we do backgrounds!  Many time our background searches reveal information only days old, not years like those online, automatic companies!

Please feel free to drop us a note HERE or give us a call (239.300.0892) to discuss your background needs.  We also offer a a-la-cart option where we simply pull the records you request for a significantly discounted rate.  If you feel you only need this option, please complete the form HERE and return it to us.  We offer this discounted method for basic background checks, Pre-Employment Backgrounds/Screening , and Tenant Screening/Checks.

Should you need a more extensive background, please drop us a note or give us a call at (239) 300-0892. 

(Click here to go straight to the Basic Background Request Form)

 Some of the information that we may be able to make available to you are things such as:

  1. National Criminal History
  2. National Sexual Offender/Predator Search
  3. US Federal Criminal Case Search
  4. State of Florida Arrest Record
  5. Driving History
  6. Workers Compensation Case Search
  7. Current Employment & Wages
  8. Current Bank Accounts, S&L Accounts, Stocks, etc
  9. Credit Report
  10. Medicade & Medicare Fraud Search
  11. Federal Excluded Parties List System (ELPS)/CCR/FedReg/ORCA Search
  12. Lie Detector Test/Polygraph
  13. Military Records
  14. School/Educational Records

Many of these records may help you with your specific needs. You may order any of these searches by calling us at (239) 300-0892, or by clicking HERE.

National Criminal Case Search

Think the person you're about to hire may have lived somewhere else?  What if they went on vacation outside of Florida and got arrested while there? Wouldn't it be best to make sure this didn't happen? We have the capability to search nation-wide for public criminal cases, including many states, counties, cities and towns across the United States.  This process does not require fingerprints, instead it is a name-based search, normally using the individual's Date of Birth, Social Security Number, or a combination of other factors to verify that the criminal history belongs to them.

National Sexual Offender/Predator Search

Depending on the job you may be hiring someone for, it may be legally required to verify that the applicant is not on any of the 50 states' or other US territories' Sexual Offender/Predator lists.  We can help here.  We have access to the US Federal system which requires all legal jurisdictions in the United States as well as territories of the US, to report all convictions of crimes defined as Sexual Offenses. 

US Federal Criminal Case Search

Most people don't realize that a "National Criminal History"does not include the US Federal Criminal Court System.  Look around you as you're driving home; you probably won't realize it, but chances are you'll see a Federal Law Enforcement Officer/Agent without even knowing it!  There are more Federal Agencies with arrest authority than most know, and those arrested under federal statutes are not prosecuted in the City, County, or State Courts, but the US Federal Court System.  Investigative Tactics has direct access to the US Federal Court System so we can check to make sure your applicant hasn't been criminally charged by any of the US federal agencies.

Florida Arrest/Criminal History

The State of Florida maintains excellent records of every arrest and the case's outcome.  Many other data sources only offer a cursory search of Florida's county records; we can directly search the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's (FDLE) database for an individual's arrest records.  Remember, just because someone is arrested, does not always mean their case will end up in court.  

Driving History

Hiring someone to drive your car or a company vehicle?  You better make sure they have a clean driving record!  Investigative Tactics is online with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle, and can obtain real-time driver records from the State of Florida itself.  These are not publicly-available records, and are only available to Law Enforcement and licensed Investigators for legal purposes.

Additionally, we have access to many other states' Driving History records; just ask!

Workers Compensation Case Search

In many states, the more claims against your insurance, the higher premiums you'll pay.  Sure, sometimes folks get injured on the job; that's a fact of life.  However, wouldn't you like to know if that applicant, the one you may hire, has a history of filing cases against your company's Worker Compensation policy?  We can search for these types of cases in Florida and many other states.

Current Employment & Wages

Depending upon your specific needs, we may be able to get you someone's current employer information, and even how much they are making.  These results are without the surveillance option and can be used in court.  Contact for specific information on these searches.

Current Bank Accounts, S&L Accounts, Stocks and more

Although knowing where someone has their bank accounts is normally part of a search to recover a Final Judgment, you may have specific requirements in your searches where you need this type of information.  We can help you with this need. Please contact us so we may discuss if your needs qualify for us to obtain these records under Federal Law. 

Medicade & Medicare Fraud Search

We read about it in the paper and hear about it on the evening news; people scamming the the Medicade & Medicare system.  Many times these folks aren't arrested, but instead are placed on the US Federal Office of the Inspector General's List of Excluded Individual and Entities.  

The OIG has the authority to exclude individuals and entities from Federally funded health care programs pursuant to sections     1128 External link  and 1156 External link  of the Social Security Act External link  and maintains a list of all currently excluded individuals and entities called the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE). Anyone who hires an individual or entity on the LEIE may be subject to civil monetary penalties (CMP).

Exclusions are imposed for a number of reasons:

Mandatory exclusions: OIG is required by law to exclude from participation in all Federal health care programs individuals and entities convicted of the following types of criminal offenses: Medicare or Medicaid fraud, as well as any other offenses related to the delivery of items or services under Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, or other State health care programs; patient abuse or neglect; felony convictions for other health care-related fraud, theft, or other financial misconduct; and felony convictions relating to unlawful manufacture, distribution, prescription, or dispensing of controlled substances.

Permissive exclusions: OIG has discretion to exclude individuals and entities on a number of grounds, including misdemeanor convictions related to health care fraud other than Medicare or a State health program, fraud in a program (other than a health care program) funded by any Federal, State or local government agency; misdemeanor convictions relating to the unlawful manufacture, distribution, prescription, or dispensing of controlled substances; suspension, revocation, or surrender of a license to provide health care for reasons bearing on professional competence, professional performance, or financial integrity; provision of unnecessary or substandard services; submission of false or fraudulent claims to a Federal health care program;  engaging in unlawful kickback arrangements; and defaulting on health education loan or scholarship obligations; and controlling a sanctioned entity as an owner, officer, or managing employee.

This isn't a "Criminal History" per say.  However, if you're thinking about hiring someone into a position of trust, you may wish to consider this type of search.  Ask us how.

Federal Excluded Parties List System (ELPS)/CCR/FedReg/ORCA Search

Did you know US Federal Government has a "real-time" list that identifies parties barred from receiving Federal contracts, including healthcare program funding or reimbursement, and from certain types of Federal financial and non-financial assistance and benefits?  

The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) is a system maintained by the Federal Government. A Federal agency can "exclude," i.e., suspend or debar, businesses or individuals from receiving contracts or assistance for various reasons, such as a conviction of or indictment for a criminal or civil offense or a serious failure to perform to the terms of a contract.

A suspension is a temporary exclusion of a party pending the completion of an investigation, while a debarment is a fixed-term exclusion. Generally, the period of debarment does not exceed 3 years, though some are indefinite.  Parties can be excluded from receiving a wide range of federal funds including, but not limited to, Medicare and Medicaid provider payments, cooperative agreements, scholarships, fellowships, loan guarantees, subsidies, insurance, payments for specified uses, donation agreements, or contracts of assistance.

Investigative Tactics can search this system (which has been combined to include the Central Contractor Registration-CCA / Federal Agency Registrationto-FedReg & Online Representations and Certifications Application-ORCA) to see if an individual has been sanctioned from these federal contracts and/or federal benefits.

Credit Reports

Depending upon what position the candidate may be filling, a Credit Report may be an excellent indicator if they are safe to be put into a position of financial trust. Investigative Tactics can provide an Experian Credit Report with a score, with the appropriate authorization.  You may be able to get this report as fast as the next business day.

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), businesses must obtain an employee's written consent before seeking an employee's (or possible employee's) credit report. If you decide not to hire or promote someone based on information in the credit report, you must provide a copy of the report and let the applicant know of his or her right to challenge the report under the FCRA. Visit the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection’s website for more information. 


Bankruptcies are a matter of public record and may appear on an individual's credit report. The Federal Bankruptcy Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants because they have filed for bankruptcy.

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Lie Detector Tests/Polygraphs

The Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits most private employers from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screening or during the course of employment. The law includes a list of exceptions that apply to businesses that provide armored car services, alarm or guard services, or those that manufacture, distribute, or dispense pharmaceuticals.  Even though there is no federal law specifically prohibiting you from using a written honesty test on job applicants, these tests frequently violate federal and state laws that protect against discrimination and violations of privacy.

If you have a need for a Lie Detector/Polygraph test, please contact us.

Military Service

Military service records may be released only under limited circumstances, and consent is generally required. The military may, however, disclose name, rank, salary, duty assignments, awards and duty status without the service member's consent.

Investigative Tactics has assisted in this area in the past, and specifically with helping find the owner of found dog tags in Vietnam.  Please feel free to read Vietnamese immigrant from Plymouth looks to link soldier with dog tag.

School Records

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and similar state laws, educational records such as transcripts, recommendations and financial information are confidential and will not be released by the school without a student's consent.  However, should you wish, we can individually contact the referenced educational institutions to confirm education cited.