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What does the application form mean by known aliases? Why do hyphenated last names incur additional costs? How do I order searches for candidates with hyphenated last names?

An alias or AKA (also known as) is any name that has been used by the candidate in the past.

Life events such as marriage and divorce result in many candidates with records associated with more than one name. It is possible that criminal records could exist under any prior name. The SSN trace will generally pick up known aliases as it is compiled from credit bureau files. It is the family’s decision whether to order multiple criminal records searches under the various aliases – we strongly recommend that you do.

Similarly, some candidates have a hyphenated last name, Mary Smith-Jones for example. National Crime Search Inc. will search this type of record in three formats for possible criminal records matches: Mary Smith, Mary Jones, and Mary Smith-Jones. Additional charges are incurred. Remember, a thorough criminal background search requires searching under all known names.

Criminal records searches must have an exact name match in most jurisdictions to return records. This is vital – without this exact match a record will not be returned. You are advised to do criminal searches on all known aliases. If you find a name you were not initially aware of as a result of the SSN trace, you can order additional searches. Our system is easy to use and will walk you through this step by step if the need arises. Bear in mind that this will, when needed, add at least 2 – 3 days to the final order completion.

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