Some businesses are required by state or federal law to have employees’ and applicants’ fingerprints checked against FBI and/or law enforcement databases. If your business isn’t one of these, you may wonder what the advantages of fingerprinting are. Or maybe you find yourself asking, “Isn’t a background check sufficient?” Here are some reasons adding fingerprinting is a better choice. Remember, fingerprinting is not a viable substitute for a credit check, or for verification of legal working status.
Names Change, but Fingerprints Are Forever
Your applicants or employees may have changed their names at some point during their lives; for many women, the reason is as simple as getting married. A standard background check will only return records from under their current name. Running their fingerprints through a database, however, will produce a match regardless of the name attached to the case.
See the Whole Picture
Along with pulling up records under any alias a person might have used, relying on a fingerprint database generally has a longer reach, showing you a longer history. Convictions will always show up, but fingerprinting may give you a more complete picture of arrests than a simple background check.
It’s Fast and Secure
Fingerprinting generally gives you faster results than traditional identity verification methods, often in 48 hours or less. That way you can get the information your business needs as quickly as possible, so you can proceed accordingly. There’s a reason fingerprinting has been the trusted identification method of law enforcement agencies for decades.