Criminal records are considered to be public record, BUT you sometimes do need a person's permission before running a criminal report.

If you intend to use the information provided through our services to make a decision that could negatively affect another person's ability to secure employment, insurance, credit, or housing, then you must first inform the subject that you are obtaining a Consumer Report, and obtain their written authorization.

Many employers and apartment communities have found that letting the applicants know that a signed release is needed has extra benefits: good applicants are encouraged that you perform background checks, while bad applicants will sometimes withdraw themselves from the application process, saving you valuable time and money.

Signed Release Attached: