List of CBC Search Components

Below is a detailed description of all of the search components included in every criminal background check completed on UW School of Medicine students. All records are searched by primary name and all AKAs, as well as a student’s primary address and all addresses lived in within the past 25 years.

  • Social Security Number Validation (At No Charge)- -This service confirms whether the applicant’s Social Security Number is valid according to the Social Security Administration’s formula. Includes the results of five separate checks: state issued, date issued, date of birth scan, death index search, and analysis against the Social Security Administration’s algorithm for issuing numbers.
  • Social Security Number Verification--This service helps verify the applicant’s identity by confirming whether the applicant's Social Security Number matches his/her name, address and Social Security Number data obtained through one of the three major credit bureaus. We can provide you with the “raw” data, or analyze the data against the information provided by the applicant.
  • County Criminal Records Search--A search of county felony and misdemeanor records, directly through the courthouse. Records are verified using key identifiers (name, date of birth, Social Security Number, address) before reporting. Results include accurate and complete, easy-to-read descriptions of all cases located, as well as their final disposition.
  • Statewide Criminal Records Search--A statewide search of felony and misdemeanor records, directly through state repositories or court systems. Not available in all states. Records are verified using key identifiers (name, date of birth, Social Security Number, address) before reporting. Results include accurate and complete, easy-to-read descriptions of all cases located, as well as their final disposition.
  • Federal Criminal Records Search--A search of federal felony and misdemeanor records, directly through the PACER system or the federal courts. Records are verified using key identifiers (name, date of birth, Social Security Number, address) before reporting. Results include accurate and complete, easy-to-read descriptions of all cases located, as well as their final disposition.
  • National Criminal File Search--This search is an instant, multi-jurisdiction database search of more than 194 million criminal records. Most effectively used as a prescreening tool, or to supplement standard criminal searches.
  • Sexual Offender Registry Search--A name search performed at the national level directly through registries of individuals who have been convicted of certain sexual offenses and are required to register under applicable state laws.
  • SanctionsBase Search--A search of Certiphi’s proprietary database built and maintained to help health care services employers search for administrative and disciplinary actions levied against potential employees and representatives. SanctionsBase contains more than 100,000 records, updated daily, from sources including: the Food and Drug Administration Public Health Service Office of Research Integrity (ORI); Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons; terrorist watch lists; and the FBI.
  • OIG/EPLS Search--Certiphi offers an OIG/EPLS search that includes both the HHS Office of Inspector General's (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Excluded Parties List (EPLS). Our service searches applicants against this list to ensure they are not precluded from being hired by a healthcare organization, and provides the tracking and auditing capabilities healthcare organizations need to ensure compliance with applicable federal regulations.

Incoming first year students who are non-Washington State Residents will need to complete an additional search through the Washington State Patrol.​