Nannies can be found through a number of various sources, such as an agency, word of mouth or places like Craigslist, which is not advisable. Although many families report feeling bad about asking a nanny for a background check, there is no better way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the household than to take on this task to prevent theft and abuse crimes. The process begins with first confirming a nanny’s identity and citizenship before requesting permission to run a background check that includes criminal records for the past seven years. Gathering this at county level or state level will provide a comprehensive view of arrests, convictions of felonies, misdemeanors, court records, warrants, sex offenses and incarceration records. Driving records also are important and can be obtained through DMV offices. Checking sex offender registries and child abuse and neglect records should also be considered, followed by reference checking to confirm the nanny’s work habits.