Binary Biometrics https://www.binarybiometrics.com LiveScan Fingerprinting & Software Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:59:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Binary Biometrics https://www.binarybiometrics.com 32 32 Binary Biometrics Partners with Perotte Driving and Traffic School to Open North-Miami LiveScan Location https://www.binarybiometrics.com/binary-biometrics-partners-perotte-driving-traffic-school-open-north-miami-livescan-location/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:58:46 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=10787 Binary Biometrics, an FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement approved LiveScan service provider and a leading provider of background screenings for licensed professionals is excited to announce that has partnered with North-Miami business, Perotte Driving and Traffic School located at 12175 NW 7th Ave, North Miami, FL 33168, to offer it’s LiveScan and background check and tenant screening business.

Professionals who may benefit from the new fingerprinting service include, but are not limited to, money transmitters, mortgage brokers, real estate agents, healthcare workers, and financial advisors. The procedure works by scanning and then reprinting one electronic fingerprint record or a scanned original hard card record and then transmitting those reprints via registered post to the appropriate agency.

For more information on the new North-Miami LiveScan location please contact us or to have your LiveScan taken you can book an appointment at one of our convenient locations throughout Florida.

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LiveScan Provider Binary Biometrics Expands Services to Four New Regions in Fort Myers, Lauderhill, Key West, and Melbourne, Florida https://www.binarybiometrics.com/livescan-provider-binary-biometrics-expands-services-four-new-regions-fort-myers-lauderhill-key-west-melbourne-florida/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:08:17 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=7035 LiveScan Fingerprinting Service Provider Binary Biometrics has announced it has executed several new independent channel partner agreements with entrepreneur Maxime Francois and licensed private investigator entrepreneurs from Accurate Investigations, George Schwing of Fort Myers and Wade Douty of Lauderhill and Key West. The new locations begin servicing Fort Myers, Key West, Lauderhill, and Melbourne, Florida during the first week of September, 2016.

In addition to starting four new livescan fingerprinting locations, the corporate office in Melbourne, Florida will concede its retail operations to the new conveniently located office situated at 514 Loveridge Drive, in Melbourne, Florida (next to its current location) where Binary’s new channel partner’s team, headed by Maxime Francois, will start servicing its existing retail customers.

“It’s hard to believe this whole company was started with one terminal three years ago driving around central Florida in a smart car–it’s even harder to believe that the company now has over 20 locations from the United States to Patiala, Punjab, India. In an industry where service and customer care is often lacking, when you work hard and provide excellent customer care these things can happen,” says James Timothy White, co-founder of Binary Biometrics Inc.

George Schwing, co-founder of Accurate Biometrics and new Binary Channel Partner, says, “After honorably serving our communities as law enforcement officers, my business partner Wade Douty and I were looking for post-retirement business options that would allow us to continue to serve the communities which we have protected for so many years. It was a natural fit for us to partner with Binary Biometrics and continue to help the public with LiveScan, drug screening, and private investigations.”

Melbourne partner Maxime Francois says, “I was searching for a new career when I decided that starting my own business would work best for my family and I. That is when I found an unexpected opportunity to do just that—my new business even allows me to work alongside with my wife in her massage therapy business.”

For more information on Binary Biometrics, to become a channel partner, or to find more information on how to start your own LiveScan fingerprinting, DNA, drug and alcohol testing business, contact Binary Biometrics.

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Simple Steps for Screening Tenants https://www.binarybiometrics.com/simple-steps-screening-tenants/ Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:29:23 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=6975 Owning a rental property can be a great source of mostly passive income. However, before you rent a home to anyone, make sure you put them through the following screening process first.

Start Immediately

The screening process begins the moment you meet the potential tenant. Usually, this will happen by telephone. It’s vital that you let them know about the requirements for renting your property immediately. This would include things like the rent, deposit, the need for a background check and other important information that could disqualify them.

Have these questions prepared on a piece of paper so you can jot down the answers your potential tenants provide.

As long as you ask these questions politely, you can probably immediately deny anyone who has a problem with answering them.

Showing Your Property

Anyone who makes it past the phone interview should be shown the home next. This is also a great opportunity for you to get a read on the potential tenant. Pay attention to their:

  • Appearance – Did they at least try to make a good first impression? While it’s a bit of a generalization, someone who doesn’t take care of their appearance (especially in the midst of a business transaction) probably won’t take care of your home.
  • Vehicle – The same can be said for their vehicle. It doesn’t have to be a fancy sports car or anything, but once again, are they taking care of it?
  • Overall Attitude – If you rent this person your property, you’ll most likely need to speak with them from time to time. Based on their attitude, do you think those will be productive conversations?

It’s never a bad idea to follow your gut, too. Our instincts about people are eerily accurate, so if someone simply rubs you the wrong way, don’t simply dismiss this feeling.

The Application

Screening a tenant must involve them filling out an application. Make sure that part of this application involves a credit check or you may rent your place to someone who is going to have trouble compensating you in return.

In most cases, we recommend you collect a screening fee. This will help weed out those candidates who aren’t overly serious about renting your property or otherwise may have money problems (we’re not suggesting you charge more than $20).

Approving the New Tenant

Should all of the above check out, you should be excited about the fact that you found someone to rent your home who seems courteous, clean and professional

That being said, there’s still the last step to this screening process that you need to carry out. Schedule a time and place to meet for the lease signing. Make sure you tell the prospective tenant what they must bring (e.g. the deposit, ID, etc.). If they mess any of this up, it’s not too late to take the deal off the table. You definitely don’t want to rent to someone who can’t follow instructions.

Before you entrust someone with such an expensive investment, it is essential that you put them through the above screening process.

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4 Questions You Must Ask When Screening Tenants https://www.binarybiometrics.com/4-questions-must-ask-screening-tenants/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:03:52 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=6988 Do you own a property you plan on renting to a tenant in the near future? If so, make sure you ask these four questions before handing over the keys to such a valuable investment.

Why Are You Moving?

It’s shocking how many landlords neglect to ask this simple question despite how important the answer can be. Obviously, we’re not suggesting that someone who is moving because of something like property damage or an eviction is going to be honest with you. However, they may give out some red flags that make it clear you don’t want them in your home.

If you haven’t asked this question in the past because you think it would be nosy, don’t worry about it. Just ask the question casually as a part of small talk and it won’t seem like you’re overstepping our boundaries. Most people will understand, anyway. This property of yours is a big investment. It makes sense that you want to know about the person you’ll be renting to.

When Would You Want to Move In?

This is another question that seems simple enough but can afford you important insights. Unlike the above, you should have absolutely no problem asking this one. After all, as the landlord, you want to make sure the property will be ready in time for a tenant to move in.

The real reason you’re asking is to see if they say something like “tomorrow” or “this weekend.” While there could be extenuating circumstances, this kind of response suggests that the person isn’t very responsible or good at planning ahead. This is also the kind of person who might decide to only give you a day or two of notice when they decide to move out.

How Much Do You Make?

This is probably a question for the screening form as asking it in person may seem inappropriate. That being said, it’s still a very important question to ask. Most landlords agree that a tenant should make 2.5 to 3 times the amount you charge for rent. You want to make sure that paying rent isn’t going to be a problem for this person.

Of course, you still want to run a credit check on the person. By asking this question upfront, though, you will vet candidates before the credit check becomes necessary.

Could You Provide References from Past Landlords?

Some potential tenants will legitimately not have any references for you. They may be fresh out of college or moving out of their parents’ houses. There’s only so much you can do in this situation (charging a higher deposit is one idea).

Anyone else should have no problem producing contact information for former landlords. The key word here is “former.” Their current landlord may be happy to gloat about their tenant if their real goal is to simply get rid of them.

While you should still perform other parts of the vetting process (e.g. the credit check), if you start off with these four questions, you should be able to avoid renting to tenants who will become a problem

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4 Red Flags When Screening a Tenant https://www.binarybiometrics.com/4-red-flags-screening-tenant/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:58:15 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=6985 Whenever you are considering renting to someone, make sure you keep an eye out for these four red flags so you don’t end up regretting giving them the keys.

They’re Ready to Move in Right Away

For the most part, people should be looking for their new place long before it’s time to move out of their old place. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Someone may have to move to a new area for work. They may be going through a breakup or divorce. Other legitimate reasons exist too, but these should be rare.

If a tenant is ready for the keys the same day you first speak with them, this should be a red flag because it might be a sign that they were either recently evicted or cut and ran on an old landlord.

It could also mean something less nefarious, but no less revealing: maybe they’re just not good planners. They put off moving until the last week of their current lease and are desperate to live anywhere with a roof. Is this the type of tenant you want? How confident are you that they’ll pay rent on time?

Their References Don’t Check Out

This one is obvious. If a prospective tenant provides you with fake references, there is no valid excuse for this. We’re still including this as a red flag, though, because it’s an important reminder to follow up on the references provided.

One way someone with a checkered past will get past the problem of having to provide references is by just listing their friends. They hope you’ll call them and feel assured by an actual person answering who knows the potential tenant.

To overcome this ruse, make sure you ask each “landlord” about specific details: for example, how long did they rent the place? Most won’t plan ahead enough to make sure their accomplices are all on the same page.

Social Media Isn’t Reassuring You

Thanks to social media, it’s become easier than ever to check up on people you are considering renting to. Landlords of the past would have loved being able to see if the clean-cut, well-dressed, polite person in front of them was really like this 24/7. Though some people keep their social media profiles private, you’d be surprised by how many do not. While it’s unfair to expect that people never let their hair down, if you can tell by their social media presence that they love late-night parties and other troubling behavior, this should definitely be a big red flag.

They’re Moving in with Current Tenants

If your current tenants ask about a friend moving in, be sure you put them through a rigorous screening process. Just like with someone who is ready to move in ASAP, this is often a sign that the person has been given the boot and is now looking to live with friends (be especially suspicious if you know they’ll have to sleep on the couch).

Though you need to investigate these further, if a potential tenant displays any of the above red flags during the screening process, you should proceed with caution.

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Common Mistakes People Make When Screening Tenants https://www.binarybiometrics.com/common-mistakes-people-make-screening-tenants/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:50:56 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=6982 Being a landlord can be tough sometimes. This is why it’s so important that you properly screen tenants. If you don’t, you’re just making your job even tougher. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes landlords make that all but guarantee their new tenant will become a serious problem. Fortunately, we’re going to identify them and explain why they must be avoided.

Renting to People They Know

This is a tough mistake to avoid, but the consequences of renting to someone you know it can be nothing short of catastrophic. It’s a lot like the advice people give about trying to do business with your friends: you shouldn’t. That’s because the person you lease your property to may end up missing rent or damaging the home. These and other actions mean you have to take action. Will you be able to do so if this happens with a friend, family member, etc?

If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to deny someone you know, at least be sure you put them through the same rigorous screening process you would for anyone else.

Not Running a Background Check on Every Tenant

Always make sure you know who exactly will be living in your property. Another common mistake a lot of landlords make is only running a background check on the person who contacted them about the home. What they don’t realize is that the person’s friend, spouse or even child has a criminal record or has been evicted in the past.

Anyone who is 18 years old or older must have a background check done to ensure they won’t become a problem tenant in the future.

Not Following Up on References

Whenever possible, a landlord should give preference to a prospective tenant who provides the contact information for people they’ve rented from in the past. However, you also need to call these people for a quick conversation before renting your place out to someone.

There are two reasons for this. The first is that some people will provide false information because they know the landlord won’t bother to make a couple calls. They’re essentially bluffing and this gamble pays off far too often.

The second is that some people will provide completely valid contact information because they have no idea their last landlord actually couldn’t wait for them to move out.

Keep Tenant Screening Forms Private

By law, any information you are given through a tenant screening form is private and not something you should be sharing with others. Don’t indulge in gossip about your prospective tenants or you could quickly find yourself in legal trouble.

You should also store these documents somewhere safe. Even if you don’t share their info, prying eyes may come across it when visiting you at your home or office and now, again, you may be in trouble with the law despite your best intentions.

Now that you know which mistakes your fellow landlords tend to make – and regret – make sure you don’t fall into the trap of doing the same.

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Questions You Cannot Ask When Screening a Prospective Tenant https://www.binarybiometrics.com/questions-cannot-ask-screening-prospective-tenant/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:40:59 +0000 https://www.binarybiometrics.com/?p=6979 Screening potential tenants who want to rent your property means asking a lot of questions. Whatever you do, though, don’t ask the following.

Any Question That Could Sound Like Discrimination

As a landlord, it is absolutely essential that you understand your state’s Fair Housing Law as well as the Federal Fair Housing Law. These pieces of legislation make it very clear that you cannot discriminate against someone looking to rent your home. However, you also can’t ask any questions that might be interpreted this way.

For example, you might ask someone’s marital status simply because you want an idea of who all will be living in your property. Unfortunately, that question could be taken as a sign that you wouldn’t rent to them unless they were single or you’d deny them if it turns out the person was gay.

Have You Ever Been Arrested?

You can ask a prospective tenant if they have been convicted of a crime. That’s not the same as being convicted, though, which is why you can’t ask about an arrest. People are arrested all the time for reasons that eventually turn out to be unfounded. Landlords cannot deny someone a place to live simply because they were charged with a crime.

That being said, in states like California, even if someone has been convicted of a crime before, that’s not a good enough reason to decide they can’t rent from you. The crime they were convicted of would have to reflect on their inability to be a good tenant. For example, if they have a violent past, this would be grounds for denial if they wanted to live in your apartment building, because they could hurt another tenant.

Any Question Outside of Your Usual Screening Procedure

Every prospective tenant who tries to rent from you must go through the same exact screening process. Otherwise, you’re going to leave yourself open for a lawsuit on the grounds that you made it more difficult for someone to become a tenant because of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, etc.

This is where you need to be very careful even with friendly small talk. You might slip and ask a question of someone that they then hold against you in court even though you didn’t mean anything by it.

Furthermore, this is why you can’t make assumptions. If a prospective tenant rolls up in a sports car with an expensive suit on and two months worth of rent plus the deposit ready, it’s probably safe to assume they can afford to live in your property. Nonetheless, if you don’t run a credit check on them because of this, you have to quit running one on other candidates too or, once again, it will look like discrimination.

As you can see, screening tenants isn’t as simple as just asking whatever questions come to mind and seem relevant. This is actually how you could get yourself in a lot of trouble. Keep away from the questions we mentioned above and stick to a script instead so you’ll have no problems with the law.

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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) –What you Need to Know About the New Level 2 Background Screening Procedures https://www.binarybiometrics.com/florida-department-of-juvenile-justice-djj-background-screening/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:07:14 +0000 https://binarybiometrics.com/?p=6815 The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has now set an official launch date for its new Clearinghouse protocols for Background Screening of its regulated individuals.

Here is what you need to know as a DJJ applicant:

  • The new procedures take effect on August 1, 2016
  • FDLE will no longer accept fingerprint cards sent to their office by mail. These will be rejected. If you are submitting from out of state, please follow the instructions found on the out of state card scanning page here.
  • You will need both electronic fingerprints and a digital, SAP30 compliant photo taken at the time of fingerprinting (taken care of in our offices for all DJJ applicants and renewals).
  • Processing times are faster—results will appear typically within 24-72 hours.
  • Costs have increased. Your payment at the time of fingerprinting now covers fees from FDLE, the FBI, and the Clearinghouse.
  • You will need a Livescan Request form provided to you by your employer/administrator (see below).
  • You will need to bring certain documents with you to your appointment (see “What to Bring”)
  • Your information will now be retained in the Clearinghouse for a period of five years and will be accessible by approved prospective employers and regulating agencies who are members of the Clearinghouse system with a statutory need to view it. To request to be removed from retention, please contact the AHCA Background Screening Unit at BGScreen@ahca.myflorida.com.

Here is what you need to know as a DJJ regulated agency or administrator:

  • You should save this contact information. The AHCA Background Screening Unit is a great resource for assistance with this new procedure. They are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM by email at BGScreen@ahca.myflorida.com and by phone at (850) 412-4503, select option 3 then option 3 again. Alternatively, they have a thorough resource page which can help with most troubleshooting and issues here.
  • You do not need to book an appointment at the time of screening initiation, simply click “submit” when asked to select a provider, print the Livescan Request Form, and then book directly on our website—which will also send reminders before the appointment and integrate with Calendar Apps.

You can check the status of any of our submissions by entering the TCN at www.applicantstatus.com

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Binary Biometrics Assists Athletic Trainers with New Licensing Requirements in Florida https://www.binarybiometrics.com/binary-biometrics-assists-athletic-trainers-new-licensing-requirements-florida/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:16:05 +0000 https://binarybiometrics.com/?p=2501 Binary Biometrics, a LiveScan Service Provider with several locations throughout the State of Florida, announced today that it is ready and willing to begin offering assistance with compliance changes for licensees of the Florida Board of Athletic Training starting July 1, 2016. Changes made to licensing requirements made in the 2015 Legislative session now require that initial applications for licensure be accompanied by Level 2 Background Screenings in accordance with Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance’s requirements.

The legislative change follows a pattern in which progressively more licensed professionals who are considered to be in a “position of trust” are required to be screened prior to initial licensure and, in some cases, for continued employment.

Licensed Athletic Trainers now top a list of over a dozen screened professions regulated by the Department of Health and required under Florida Statutes to receive the screening for initial licensure.  The Board of Athletic Training does indicate on their recent release regarding the change, that “An approved Livescan service provider must be used to electronically submit a set of fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to conduct a search for any criminal history records that may pertain to the applicant.”

However, Andrew Easler, co-founder of Binary Biometrics, warns that not all providers are created equal, “in this industry in particular, it is important to always check online reviews of businesses you are considering hiring. There is often a misconception that “FDLE-approved” equals industry-wide quality, training, and competence; this is simply not the case. Approved is a term that refers simply to the technical capacity to transmit electronic records securely. It does not necessarily mean that the technician has received extensive specialized training, that they are well-versed in the requirements, ORI numbers, rolling techniques, troubleshooting difficult prints, the ins-and-outs of the process, and other important aspects of the service.”

Binary Biometrics is an FDLE approved Livescan service provider and has built a reputation for quality service. They have been providing assistance with Level 2 Background Screening compliance since 2013 and, according to Easler, have made a niche specializing in healthcare screening compliance and assisting applicants for licensure from outside of Florida and the United States with obtaining their licenses within the State of Florida.

“We spend a lot of time researching and training our technicians on statutes, requirements, codes, and necessary protocol for individual regulating agencies and are excited to now say that we are ready to welcome Athletic Trainers–and their questions about the recent changes–into our offices and into our family of raving fans,” says Andrew Easler, Co-founder.

Binary Biometrics currently has seven locations throughout Florida and nine locations outside of Florida including six in Canada, one in the UK, and another in India and provides customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For questions or to book an appointment, please contact them toll free at 855-722-6695, visit their website at www.binarybiometrics.com, or send them an email at info@binarybiometrics.com.

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Binary Biometrics Fingerprints Kids for Free at Unity in the Community Event https://www.binarybiometrics.com/brevard-county-community-event-announcement/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:39:07 +0000 https://binarybiometrics.com/?p=1302 The Melbourne office of Binary Biometrics an electronic fingerprinting and pre-employment service company will be offering children’s fingerprinting services free of charge at Young Law Firm’s “Unity in the Community” event at Lipscomb Park in Melbourne, Florida on February 26, 2016. The event will Unityinthecommuntyeventtake place from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.

Parents can provide these fingerprint cards to law enforcement agencies in the event their child goes missing, is kidnapped, or is classified as a runaway.

The event will host a number of other community organizations and businesses including the SPCA of Brevard, Conti Moore Law, and The Young Law Firm.

Activities include fingerprinting, face painting, free food, music by DJ Andre Brantley, and pet adoptions by the SPCA of Brevard.

For more information about the event contact The Young Law Firm at casemanager@younglawfl.com.

For more information about fingerprinting services for children (or adults), background checks, or the other pre-employment services offered by Binary Biometrics, visit us on the web at https://binarybiometrics.com or give us a call at 855-722-6695.

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