Massachusetts Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.

How To Get a Massachusetts Background Check Report

How To Get a Massachusetts Background Check Report

MA is an open records state, and they allow the general public access to someone’s background check report. They offer two types, a name-based search, which will be limited to court-related documents and dispositions and a fingerprint-based search that will be more comprehensive and include both state and federal criminal records. Their name-based search system is called CORI and works online. Fingerprinting records come from police departments all over the state. On their website, they offer individuals information on how to report misuse of their criminal records or to apply to have their records sealed or expunged. They also have a place where offenders can order a “self-audit” criminal report. When using the CORI system, users must first create an account and log in.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Based on the type of report someone requests the information may differ. With a fingerprint-based report, the user will see adult arrests, convictions, warrants, incarceration, and pending offenses, both in and out of state, along with federal crimes. A name-based search will yield all adult convictions and non-conviction arrests, pending cases, incarcerations, along with civil cases. Juvenile and sealed records will not be included in either version. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are many reasons why someone may need a background check in Massachusetts. One of the most common is for employment. Some types of businesses are required to put potential employees through the background check process before hiring. Those who are in charge of personal safety and care of others such as schools, day care centers and mental health facilities are a few examples. Other uses for a background report are for credit and financing, insurance, licenses, security clearance, and permits. 
Other public background reports also exist that are compiled from various public and private sources. These reports are great for looking up and old friend, checking out a potential date or business partner, vetting a new roommate or looking up your own background information to see what comes up. Some of the information contained with these types of reports is:

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

MA Criminal Background Checks

MA criminal background checks are provided through the CORI system and fingerprint records. The CORI system uses court documents, and the fingerprints records use police reports. The state offers comprehensive criminal histories except for juvenile and sealed records to protect the individual’s privacy. 

Gun Background Check

The state is not a point of contact for gun dealers, and they have no law requiring a background report before the sale or transfer of guns in the state. Therefore all licensed gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NICS for the federal background check before selling firearms to anyone. Buyers must also obtain a license permit from the state before purchasing. When selling privately, you must use an online system to verify the buyer’s identity, and you cannot sell more than four guns per year. Massachusetts 193,427 background checks were performed for gun purchases or permits.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 211,295 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Massachusetts

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
California 433,106
Oregon 166,211
South Carolina 111,804
Nevada 54,925

States With More Long Gun Checks than Massachusetts

State # of conducted long gun checks
Florida 278,908
Pennsylvania 165,494
Minnesota 124,451
Kentucky 100,470
Idaho 55,118

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

Although MA offers background checks pretty freely to the general public and companies, they do have strict laws on how employers can use them in the hiring process. If they deny employment to an applicant because of something in their background report, they must inform them in writing and provide a copy of the information they received from the state. Employers who use the CORI system are protected against negligent hiring practices over those who use third-party or professional background check services. 

Employment Protection

The state observes the ban-the-box rule and prohibits employers from asking about criminal records on the initial application. During the hiring process, employers must not ask about any dropped charges, any one-time infractions for things like DUIs, misdemeanors that are five years or older, and cannot ask about expunged or sealed records. Applicants who have sealed records can say “no” to questions about a criminal past. Employers are also subject to two federal laws when using a background check for hiring. Those laws are The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 263 victims of online romance scams in Massachusetts, resulting in $5.1 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 166 55,175
20 - 29 705 1,453,892
30 - 39 706 3,547,820
40 - 49 717 5,089,978
50 - 59 825 6,291,422
Over 60 894 8,112,970
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.