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Background Check


What is a background check?


A background check is an investigation into a person’s professional and personal history that validates or disproves their character and identity. A typical background check includes criminal records, education and employment history, civil records, references, and more depending on the situation and individual.

Background Checks by Midstate Security and Investigations, Bushell, Sumter County, Florida
Why conduct a background check?


You may want to have a person submit to a background investigation before: 

  • Hiring a new employee

  • Taking on a new tenant

  • Making an investment

  • Hiring a nanny or babysitter

  • Selecting a public official (i.e. police chief, mayor, city manager)


There is no standard or routine background check. The investigation should be tailored to your areas of concern, reasons for finding out more, and your overall needs. Whether you're hiring a new employee, looking for a nanny, or are about to make a new investment, a background check conducted by Midstate Security and Investigations can ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Know What Others Are Finding In Your Own Background


You might be surprised what people can learn about you while checking your background. Is there information out there that is available to others that could be damaging to your reputation, effecting your credit, or hindering your chances for employment?  If you are the victim of Identity Theft, or if an unscrupulous individual uses your name during encounters with law enforcement, there very well may be inaccurate information associated with you. You need to know! If there is erroneous information out there on you, you can take steps to clear it up, but it starts with you finding out.  Contact Midstate Security and Investigations to learn how we can confidentially help you find out 352-444-2216.

Commonly Detected Lies


People often provide false information on the following:

  • Education history and degrees

  • Professional background and work history

  • Licenses and professional organization membership

  • Omitting prior experience to hide a grievance or lawsuit

Meeting your Requirements and Budget


Because each Client has his or her own reasons for wanting a background search conducted on someone, and because their needs will vary, Midstate Security and Investigations offers three levels of background checks; each progressively more thorough and involving more resources. Each Level begins with a search of on-line public records through sophisticated internet search systems that are not commonly available to the public. The results are very comprehensive, which includes, but not limited to: records of arrests and convictions; properties owned; corporate affiliations; relatives; telephone records; vehicle and traffic crash information; associates; UCC filings; civil filings; marriages and divorces; professional licenses; and more. The Client can choose which option bests fits their requirements and budget. 

Level-1 Background Search:  The results are forwarded to the Client without any further research.  It will be the Client’s responsibility to closely examine the results and conduct any follow-up on anything that may require further research.

Level-2 Background Search:  The results are discussed with the Client.  If there is anything that may require further research, the Client will have the option to request the Private Investigator to perform the follow-up.  This additional research typically involves research conducted from the MSI office: (a) Additional on-line research; (b) Telephone contacts; (c) Written public records requests; and (d) Written correspondences. The Investigator will provide the Client a Written Report of the findings.

Level-3 Background Search:  The results are discussed with the Client.  If there is anything that may require further research, the Client will have the option to request the Private Investigator perform an on-site background check.  This typically involves the Private Investigator travelling to various locations to retrieve records that are not available on-line, i.e. employment records, disciplinary records, military records, etc. Depending on the need, the Investigator may personally meet with: references; past employers, supervisors and co-workers; associates; clergy; and neighbors.

How do you conduct a background check?


There are automated background checks available to the public through commercial on-line services, but that information is often incomplete or inaccurate. Each record, whether found through the internet or another source, needs to be verified for validity. Do not trust everything you see on the internet to be factual. The private investigator of Midstate Security and Investigations can provide detailed information about a person and verify that the information is accurate.

Problems with and Limitations of Online Background Checks
  • Not all records are available online

  • The information may not be accurate or up-to-date

  • The validity of the record still needs to be verified

  • Does not include checking references, past employers, degrees, personnel files, etc., that can only be acquired through direct personal contact

Working With An Investigator On A Background Check


Working with an investigator is the best way to ensure that the information you receive is accurate and reliable. A background check investigator can also give you further insight about the person's character through interviews and looking into the person's professional and personal history.

Information You Need


Although it is ideal to have all of the below information, a good investigator can research a person with very little information.  The below minimum information can make the background investigation a quicker process:

  • First Name, Last Name, and Middle Name or Initial if known

  • Maiden and Alias Names that the person may have previously used

  • Date of Birth, and location of birth if known

  • Social Security Number, or at least the last 4 digits of the social security number


Depending on why you are wanting the background search conducted, you may wish to attempt to acquire the following information for verification and to evaluate the individual's qualifications:


  • Names and locations of past employers

  • Driver License Numbers and States in which the person has possessed a driver license

  • Names and contact information for people who know the subject person

  • Addresses where the person has lived for the past 10 years

  • The branch of military the subject person may have served in, including the dates of service

  • Licenses and Credentials the person may possess

Call Midstate Security and Investigations, LLC today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your needs.

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