Background screenings during the COVID-19 crisis have become harder and will continue to be harder as the hiring process will start back up soon for some states and many searches that have been pending will start to be complete.
Where are we now❓ COVID-19 has caused courts, other public records
repositories to close or be difficult to access public records. Closures that are existing: AR (3), CA (15), CT (1), DE (all) GA (44), HI (all), IL (1), KY (all), LA (17), MA (all), MD (all), MI (45), MN (all), MS (10), NC (all) NJ (all), NY (18), PA (all), TN (31), VT (all), WV (all), WY (1). Clickhere for a list of the current closures and re-open timeframes.
While many courts have an unknown timeframe as to when they will re-open at this point, some states have statewide searches available. This is an alternative solution for criminal history within the state but note: states relay on counites to supply the information. If you choose to run a statewide search, it is wise to go back and run the county searches when available.