National Sex Offender Record Search (NSOR)

This article will help you understand what a National Sex Offender Record Search is, why it's important, and what type of information it provides.

When it comes to building an organization of top talent, you need to ensure the protection of your business and the safety of your employees and clients. To mitigate the risk of hiring someone who poses a possible threat to your colleagues or clients, a National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Search is essential to include in your background screening program.

Early identification of potentially risky applicants is important for any company, but it’s particularly critical when the nature of your business entails interaction with:

  • The elderly
  • Children
  • Sick, disabled, or otherwise vulnerable individuals

This service searches the "National Sex Offender Registry" (NSOR).The sex offender registry is a database that has information about convicted sex offenders. The database is maintained by law enforcement to identify and monitor sex offenders.

Orange Tree's National Sex Offender Record Search (NSOR) Process

Orange Tree's NSOR service completes a search of a national database of sexual offender records from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (including registered sex offenders).

Understanding National Sex Offender Record Search (NSOR) Results

This search will provide an overall result and if the candidate is currently listed as a registered sex offender.

The NSOR contains information, such as the following, about persons convicted of sexual offenses:

  • First and last name.
  • Address matches.
  • States in which the person is registered as a sex offender.

sor and ncrsWhen a potential criminal record is found from a database search, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) 613 requires the background screening provider to do one of two things:

  1. Notify the consumer that public information has been found which may adversely affect the candidate’s ability to obtain employment.  The consumer must also be told the name and address of the person who will be receiving the information.

  2. Maintain "strict procedures" that ensure the information collected is accurate and up to date. 

Orange Tree can help employers remain compliant by reporting the underlying criminal offense that got the individual placed on the sex offender registry (if allowable per the FCRA guidelines).