CIC, INC. CHANGES NAME TO HIRECHECK, INC.

-Employment Screening Company Takes Name of Its Award-Winning Software-


January 3, 2001, ST. PETERSBERG, Fla.

CIC, Inc. (dba CIC Applicant Background Checks), a subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), today announced that it has changed its name to HireCheck, Inc., and relocated its headquarters to St. Petersburg, Fla.

CIC, Inc., formerly of Largo, Fla., has taken on the name of its award-winning software package, HireCheck® – a name that is more descriptive of the company’s services. HireCheck, Inc., provides employment-screening services, including background checks and drug screening, to employers across the nation. HireCheck’s staff of 200 employees and more than 2,000 field agents conduct searches and provide timely, accurate reports on criminal records, credit histories, civil litigation, prior employment, education, licenses, motor vehicle records and a variety of other information necessary for employers to make informed hiring decisions. 

“Employee screening is becoming an increasingly important part of modern hiring practices,” said John W. Long, president of the new HireCheck, Inc. “Our new corporate identity and state-of-the-art facility will help us as we work to aggressively grow our national client base.” 

HireCheck’s new identity and facility are the result of the company’s plan to position itself as the industry’s premier provider of employment screening services. Information about HireCheck and its full line of services can be found on the Internet at www.hirecheck.com

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation’s leading provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation’s three primary business segments include: title insurance and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; resident screening; pre-employment screening; property and automotive insurance tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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