First American Subsidiary Forms Criminal-Record Reporting Company For Consumers


March 20, 2001, SANTA ANA, Calif.

 

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s leading diversified provider of business information and related products and services, announced today that its subsidiary, HireCheck, Inc., has formed a new consumer information reporting company that offers a convenient and affordable, online solution that allows consumers to order and receive publicly available, courthouse criminal records through their personal computer and the Internet.

The new company, PartnerCheck, was created to offer professional assistance for consumers seeking criminal records on a roommate, friend, fiancé, coach or any other individual in a non employment-related relationship. Consumers can visit the company’s Web site, www.partnercheck.com, and for a secure, online payment of $40, they will receive a targeted, criminal-background report delivered via their choice of email, fax or regular mail. 

Although criminal records are public information, consumers often find it difficult to obtain criminal data since records are held at individual county courthouse locations and state repositories. Now, by ordering a criminal-record search from PartnerCheck’s easy-to-navigate Web site, individuals can receive consolidated, criminal-background reports from a single, convenient online source. 

PartnerCheck utilizes direct electronic access into courthouse data repositories and the same network of more than 2,000 professional field agents used by HireCheck to provide high-quality criminal and background searches to many of the nation’s largest corporations.  These skilled and reliable agents allow the company to obtain the timeliest and most accurate criminal records available through on-site physical records searches. PartnerCheck offers searches for felony and major-misdemeanor criminal records in every county in the United States. Complete criminal-background reports are typically returned within three business days.      

“All too often we hear of unfortunate and sometimes tragic acts perpetrated by individuals with hidden criminal histories,” said John W. Long, president of HireCheck, Inc. “Our new company, PartnerCheck, provides a valuable service by giving consumers the ability to investigate individuals close to them and gain peace of mind.”

Long continued: “By expanding our background-screening services to include a broad consumer market, we are leveraging our existing infrastructure to tap into an entirely new market to further our corporate growth and diversification strategies.” 

David Little, vice president of business development for PartnerCheck added: “Our research into consumers’ informational needs found that criminal data was of the greatest interest to the consumer market, with the criminal data relating to personal safety being of particular interest to female consumers. As we continue to roll out PartnerCheck’s criminal data services, we will seek marketing alliances with Internet service providers and companies that have established consumer audiences on the Web.”

HireCheck, Inc., based in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a subsidiary of the First American Corporation. Formerly operating as CIC Applicant Background Checks, Hirecheck provides employment-screening services, including background checks and drug screening, to employers across the nation. HireCheck’s staff of more than 200 employees and over 2000 field agents, conduct searches and provide timely accurate reports on criminal records, credit, civil litigation, prior employment, education, licenses, motor vehicle records, as well as other information necessary for employers to make informed hiring decisions. Information about HireCheck can be found on the Internet at www.hirecheck.com

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation’s leading diversified 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; direct-to-consumer public records reporting; resident and 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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