Effective April 13, 2019, the New York State Office of Court Administration (NYOCA) will increase their records access fee from $65 to $95 per name researched. The change went into effect after New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the budget on April 12, 2019.
The Governor and Legislature of New York sought the $30 fee increase to benefit the NY State indigent defense fund. Even before the increase, the New York OCA fee was already the highest court records access fee in the nation. The Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA), of which Verified First is a member, unsuccessfully lobbied the state to avoid this increase. PBSA and its members will continue to explore opportunities with New York state to reconsider this decision.
Many jurisdictions have access fees for researching court records. These fees are paid by Verified First at the time we perform research on your behalf. The fees are then “passed through” to you without any markup. The pass through fees will appear on your invoice along with our service charge for the searches you order.
You will see the NYOCA pass-through fee when you:
Unfortunately we cannot waive this fee. Verified First paid these fees on behalf of your company at the time we performed the search.
Verified First is classified as a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As part of this Federal law, Verified First is obligated to provide our clients the most accurate and up-to-date information. In order to meet this obligation, Verified First is required to research any records from a database at their original jurisdiction to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date information. When database verification occurs, you will see the jurisdiction search and any associated pass-through fees on your invoice.
Because Verified First keeps their clients updated on the latest information about background screening, I recently attended the 2017 National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Annual Conference.
The conference offers a broad range of valuable topics, ranging from strategic business sessions to compliance guidelines and also features the best professionals in the industry. Pamela Devata, widely considered one of the most knowledgeable attorneys about the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws affecting background screening, hosted a Happy Hour at the event. As a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a former member of the NAPBS Board of Directors, Pam had great insights to share about background screening.
At her Happy Hour, Pam provided six best practices for background screening companies to implement:
Pam’s remarks were well received and the room was packed with screening professionals who took advantage of her thought-leadership. It also validated Verified First’s screening process, because our Compliance Team already follows these best practices shared by Pam.
If you’d like to take advantage of Verified First's best practices in background screening, please fill out the form below: