This type of search is quick and effective (only 48 hours) and is an alternative to fingerprint based screening.
It is up to the employer to determine the possible risk that you may not really be certain of an individual’s identity.
You can not be sure that the individual has provided all legal names they have ever gone by or been convicted of.
Their particulars may also have been entered into the criminal record database incorrectly.
History of 48 hour name checks in Canada
Name checks were common practice for years as a quick way of screening an individual to determine if they have a criminal record.
As electronic fingerprint screening is most reliable (it is based upon fingerprints, name and date of birth) and often is completed in 2 weeks, more employers are electing to go with electronic fingerprint based screening.
What will the 48 hour name check search reveal?
The 48 hour name search will not disclose the details of a criminal record.
It will disclose (a) no criminal record associated with the applicant’s name and date of birth; or (b) a criminal record may be associated with with the applicant’s name and date of birth and must be verified by fingerprints.
When are fingerprints required?
If your name and date of birth appears to be associated with a criminal record you will be required to then pay for digital fingerprinting.
The purpose of the fingerprints is to (a) verify the criminal record is not associated with your fingerprints (meaning, you do NOT have a criminal record); or (b) verify you do have a criminal record and the proper person to receive the criminal record.
When is a 48 hour name search not appropriate?
If you HAVE a criminal record, then a 48 hour name search is not appropriate.
A 48 hour name search is not appropriate for pardons, record suspensions, waivers, immigration, citizenship, name changes, licensing, and employment or volunteering with the vulnerable sector.