The term "background check" has been used interchangeably with "criminal history check" or "criminal history background check" which has caused some confusion. From the FDLE perspective, a background check is a criminal history record check to determine if a person has been arrested and/or convicted of a crime. Although some companies use the phrase "background check" to include driver's record checks, credit checks, or interviews with neighbors and employers, for FDLE purposes, it includes a search of the following databases:
- The Florida Computerized Criminal History Central Repository for Florida arrests (state check).
- The Florida Computerized Criminal History Central Repository for Florida arrests AND the national criminal history database at the FBI for federal arrests and arrests from other states (state and national check).
- The Florida Crime Information Center for warrants and domestic violence injunctions (warrant files check).
The national record check is based on the submission of fingerprints. For state record checks, submissions may be based on a name (and other descriptors) or fingerprints.