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Non-Instant Federal Court Search

As of August 24th 2016, we have discontinued our Non-Instant Federal Court Search, also known as the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) database. If this is a product you’re not currently requesting, you may disregard this notice.

Why are we discontinuing the Federal Search?

  • PACER is an electronic docketing system that often does not contain identifying information such as date of birth, social security number and home addresses.
  • Based on the limited data available and guidance provided from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), we have determined PACER the system used for our Federal Court Search no longer provides a value to our customers.

Will we ever reinstate our Federal Court Search?

If PACER changes its system and begins including personally identifiable information such as date of birth, SSN and Addresses then we will reinstate our Federal Court Search and begin processing these transactions immediately.


Federal Search:
Turnaround Time: 1 – 2 Business Days (This is a Non-Instant Search)
Cost:  $29.95
Other costs/surcharges: None

USA – Most Federal Entities including All Federal Criminal, Civil, & Bankruptcy Courts

Description of Federal Court Search:
The federal search is a manual background check covering most federal courts in the USA.  The federal court search is not instantaneous due to the nature and internal operations of the US Federal Court System.  The federal search does encompass almost the entire federal court system throughout the United States of America including all Federal Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Courts.   Some federal courts however, such as Tax Courts, are not included with this background search. Federal Search results give party name, court where case was filed, case number, and the actual filing date. also returns the case summary for name matches made which includes the defendant name, office where case was filed, file date, termination date, charges, offense level, and attorney names involved. Actual federal record will give all party names, date of birth (if available) on a criminal record, case number, date case filed, attorney names, docket entries and verdict information.  All records reported to us from the federal courts will be delivered to our customer whom requested the search.

THE FOLLOWING COURTS ARE NOT  INCLUDED in our National Federal Court Search:  U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims, Judicial Fellows Program, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Sentencing Commission, Central Violations Bureau, Federal Judicial Center, Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Tax Court, Federal Judges Association, Federal Court Clerks Association, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, International Association for Court Administration, National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks and the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.

Federal Criminal Records Reported:
All felony convictions and related activity on record are reported.  We attempt to go back at least 7 years with our Federal Search however; there are currently 4 courts that do not allow us to go back that far.  These four federal courts are the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court – which only goes back to April 2009, Indiana Southern District Court – which only goes back to February 2007, the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit – which only goes back to January 2010 and the US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – which only goes back to January 2010.  These Federal Courts are in the minority as there are well over 300 Federal Courts so only 1% of them do not allow us to go back 7+ years.  Please understand that this is not a deficiency within our Federal Search product, instead it is the policy of these particular Federal Courts in which we have no control over.
Each Federal court maintains its own case information database; therefore, variations in date ranges between jurisdictions remain inconsistent. Since each Federal Court / Jurisdiction can dictate how they store records and how long they store them for along with how long they want to make them available for retrieval, we can only attempt to go back at least 7 years (which we do), but in the rare instances outlined above where it is not allowed we cannot. 

NOTE:  If a federal case has been filed against an individual, and there is an open warrant out for that individual it would be included provided that the case is not sealed until service of the indictment, which sometimes occurs in federal court.

Federal Search Matching Mechanism:
Most Federal Searches are performed by Name Match Only, as DOB’s are rarely available. In order to avoid sending erroneous and useless search results to our customers we take the time to look into where the subject of investigation has previously lived.  We then compare these addresses to the state where the federal records were found.  By checking relevant name matches against previous residency we are able to return more accurate and precise search results.  When applicable, we also make sure there is a middle initial match before sending search results back to our customers. 

Additional Information on our Federal Search
The United States district courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters. This federal search is broken down by jurisdiction.  This court search pulls current information about federal cases. In the USA today, there are 189 district courts, 136 bankruptcy courts, and 13 circuit courts of appeals.

Our Federal Court Search comes with a Free Complimentary National Sex Offender Check and a Free America's Most Wanted Criminals List Search.

In order to get additional information not included in your search results, you will need to contact the respective federal court where the record exists and go through their process for obtaining the information you seek.  Remember, it is up to the federal court whether or not they will release the additional information you are requesting.

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