Criminal Background Check

So what is a criminal background check and when would you need one?

What's the difference between a criminal background check and a police check?

In fact, there is no difference between a criminal background check and a police check.  The term depends on where you come from.  In the USA there are various names for this check.  This arises because there are multiple levels of law enforcement agencies from local county to Federal.  The most comprehensive check in the USA is known as a national police check.

In some countries, such as Hong Kong, it is not possible for an individual to obtain a copy of their criminal background check.  Other jurisdictions, such as Macau, issue certificates under special circumstances only.

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Veriton Investigations criminal background check service

When it is difficult to obtain a criminal background check direct from a country’s authorities, we source data from a number of worldwide, reputable partner agencies.  Such agencies maintain proprietary databases based on daily analysis of court records. 

Consequently, Veriton Investigations can issue clients with short reports regarding an individual’s check status. We do this for multiple jurisdictions.  To date, reports have been produced on individuals from countries as diverse as the Philippines to the Pacific island of Palau.

Typically, we supplement checks with ID and travel document verification as well as a LexisNexis WorldCompliance database search.

As a result of a long-standing contract with a major casino, we have researched over 50 worldwide criminal record certificate systems.   These checks are supplementary to our regular background check service. (LINK)

Please contact us with your requirements.

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Hong Kong Criminal Background Check

No Criminal Record (NCR)

The Hong Kong Police rarely provide a criminal background check.  In Hong Kong, this is called a certificate of No Criminal Conviction (NCR). There are two circumstances only whereby the Hong Kong Police will undertake such a check:

  • Application for a visa to visit, study or reside in another country
  • Adoption of children

Applications for the Certificate for any other purposes are not accepted.  In fact, the Hong Kong Police do not even provide a Certificate to the applicant.  Instead, the result of the check is sent direct to the concerned authority.  For example, this could be an overseas immigration office or an adoption agency. 

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Hong Kong Checks for Macau Residents

Applicants from Macau who need a Hong Kong NCR are subject to special rules.  First, the request should be in conjunction with an offer of employment.  Second, a representative from the company wishing to hire the applicant must attend.  Usually, this is someone from the organization’s Human Resources department.

Assuming the applicant has no criminal record, the Hong Kong Police inform the HR representative that: “There is no trace of X in our records.”  The HR representative is required to record this fact for the company.  No paper certificate is provided.

The Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC)

The Hong Kong Police also conduct an administrative scheme known as the Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC). This scheme is aimed at employers of persons undertaking work related to children or mentally incapacitated persons (MIPs). It allows such employers to check whether eligible applicants have any criminal conviction records against a specified list of sexual offences.

Again, nothing is provided to the applicant.  As with the Hong Kong Police criminal background check, the result is sent to the existing or prospective employer.

Snippet of the Macau Government's list of approved uses for a criminal background check

Macau Criminal Background Check

Macau’s criminal check is called a Certificate of Criminal Record.  It applies to three categories of applicants only. These are residents or former residents of Macau or persons applying for residency. They must be more than 16 years old.  

Applicants have to state why they need the certificate.  The Macau Government issues a 28-page list of approved uses.  One is for employment.  Other approved categories include the registration of lawyers and accountants.   The document makes an interesting read if you are that way inclined!  One of the more interesting criteria is for anyone who wants to be a technical chief of a Chinese herbal medicine centre.