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Best Background Check Services 2016

To help you find the right background check service, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of the background check services we think are best and an explanation of how we chose them.

  • Best for Small Businesses
    GoodHire
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    • Cost
      $29.99 to $79.99
    • Background Check Packages
      3; Plus add on searches available
    • NAPBS Accreditation
      Yes
    • Electronic Consent Form
      Yes
    • Customer Service
      Phone, email and live chat
  • Best for Very Small Businesses
    AccurateNow
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    • Cost
      $24.95 to $63.95
    • Background Check Packages
      3; Plus add on searches available
    • NAPBS Accreditation
      Yes
    • Electronic Consent Form
      Yes
    • Customer Service
      Phone and email
  • Best for Household Employees
    eNannySource
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    • Cost
      $19 to $89
    • Background Check Packages
      3; Plus add on searches available
    • NAPBS Accreditation
      No
    • Electronic Consent Form
      Yes
    • Customer Service
      Email
  • Best Do-It-Yourself Website
    BackgroundReport.com
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    • Cost
      $19.95 to $29.95
    • Background Check Packages
      2
    • NAPBS Accreditation
      No
    • Electronic Consent Form
      No
    • Customer Service
      Phone and email
  • Best for Medical Practices
    HireRight
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    • Cost
      Customized for each business
    • Background Check Packages
      2; Plus add on searches available
    • NAPBS Accreditation
      No
    • Electronic Consent Form
      No
    • Customer Service
      Phone, email and live chat

Want to take a step back and learn more about background checks? See what experts advise in our guide to choosing a background check service, and then come back here to see our best picks again.

GoodHire has everything a small business needs from a background check provider. It offers a range of services, including criminal history searches, education and employment verifications, and drug testing. Background checks can be purchased on an individual basis, and there are no monthly minimums. GoodHire is also accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, has an easy-to-use online system and excellent customer service. Go here for a full review of GoodHire.

AccurateNow offers three different background check packages that are designed specifically for small businesses. It also offers supplementary searches that can be tacked on to any of the plans. The background checks can be purchased one at a time, and there are no monthly minimums. Additionally, AccurateNow's reports are easy to read and understand, and the customer service is top-notch. Go here for a full review of AccurateNow.

BackgroundReport.com is one of only a handful of DIY background check websites that can be legally used for pre-employment screening. The website, which is simple to use, involves job candidates in the background-screening process. It not only alerts them that a background check is being conducted, but also gives them an opportunity to respond to any red flags that are uncovered. Go here for a full review of BackgroundReport.com.

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eNannySource conducts background checks on any household employee, not just child care providers. The company offers you three levels of screening options and gives you the ability to add on supplementary searches. eNannySource simplifies the process by obtaining each candidate's consent and returning results via email. Go here for a full review of eNannySource.

HireRight offers a comprehensive suite of background screenings, including an abundance of checks that are designed specifically for health care industry workers. In addition, the company conducts deep criminal history searches and provides a wide range of verifications, such as those for past education and employment. HireRight also offers a customizable online portal and excellent customer service. Go here for a full review of HireRight.

Our best picks include four full-service background check services (good for employee background checks) and one online background check service. For more reviews of less expensive DIY online background check websites, visit our sister site Top Ten Reviews. See the infographic below to understand the difference.

Credit: Anita Rahman

To determine the best background check services for small businesses, very small businesses and medical practices, we started by listing more than 80 vendors that conduct employee background checks. These included a combination of vendors we found via online searches and those we discovered through interviews with small business owners.

Then, we narrowed down our list by eliminating vendors that didn't specialize in employee background checks and those that didn't work with small organizations. We ultimately settled on 20 services to consider as best picks: AccurateNow, Accurate Background, Carco Group, Checkr, Corra, Crimcheck, easyBackgrounds, EBI, Employment Screening Resources, Employment Screening Services, EmployeeScreenIQ, GoodHire, HireRight, InfoMart, Justifacts, PreCheck, Pre-employ, Private Eyes, SterlingBackcheck and Verified Credentials. (See the full list of background check services and their websites below.)

Next, we researched each provider by investigating its services, reviewing sample background check reports, reading user comments and interviewing more business owners. We also considered the pricing when available. After narrowing the list down to 17 finalists, we contacted each company's customer service department and posed as would-be business or medical practice owners.

Our process involves putting ourselves in the mindset of a small business or medical practice owner and gathering the data that would be readily available to such an individual. We perform all of our research by visiting company websites, making calls to customer service representatives and interviewing real users.

In all, we analyzed each service based on the following factors:

  1. Cost
  2. Types of criminal searches conducted
  3. Types of verification services conducted
  4. Types of health care industry searches conducted (only for the medical practice category)
  5. Ease of use
  6. How easy the final reports are to access, read and understand
  7. How long the searches take
  8. Customer service
  9. The extra services the company offers, such as drug testing and I-9 verification management
  10. Better Business Bureau complaints
  11. National Association of Professional Background Screeners accreditation

Methodology for our best pick for the DIY online website category:

For this category, we used a methodology similar to the one that's detailed above. However, we only considered websites that abide by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and that are legally allowed to conduct background checks for pre-employment purposes. We ultimately settled on four websites to examine further: backgroundchecks.com,FindOutTheTruth.comBackgroundReport.com and BackgroundSearcher.com.

Methodology for our best pick for the household employees category:

For this category, we also used a methodology similar to the one that's detailed above. However, we only considered companies that offered specific options for household employees. The companies we examined were Background Checks for Nannies, Childcare Background Search, GoNannies, GTM, HireSafe, eNannySource, ESR Screened Caregiver, NannyVerify and Safelutions. (See the full list of background check services specializing in household employees, and their websites, below.)

Here is a full list of background check services and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks.

AAA Credit Screening Services  AAA Credit Screening Services offers a variety of services, including employment background screening. The company conducts criminal history checks, Social Security number traces, driver history reports, education, employment and credential verifications, and reference checks. hrbackground.com

A-Check  A-Check offers comprehensive background-screening solutions. The company provides services that are customized for specific industry and particular organizational needs. Services include criminal record searches; education, past employment, license and references verifications; motor vehicle records searches; and credit reports. In addition, A-Check provides I-9 and E-Verify services. acheckglobal.com

Accurate Information Systems  Accurate Information Systems offers a wide range of employee screening services, including state, county and federal criminal history searches; drug testing; sex offender searches; civil searches; motor vehicle records searches; and employment and education verification. accinfosys.com

* AccurateNow  AccurateNow was our best pick for very small businesses. AccurateNow, from Accurate Background, provides automated background check services for small and midsize businesses. The company offers simple ordering and easy-to-read reports. It conducts Social Security number traces, address history checks, criminal history checks, sex offender registry checks, motor vehicle records checks, and education and employment verification. accuratenow.com. Read our full review here.

Advanced Research Systems  Advanced Research Systems' employment screening services extend throughout the United States, Canada and more than 100 countries. The company's Quickhire program is designed for small and medium-size businesses. The company conducts criminal and civil record searches; employment, education and professional license verifications; driving-record searches; and drug testing. arsbackgrounds.com

ADP — ADP's  pre-employment screening solutions adapt to your organizational goals and enable you to build the background-screening services that are right for your company. Service options include criminal history searches; employment, education, license and reference verifications; and medical screenings. adp.com

A Matter of Fact — A Matter of Fact offers a comprehensive variety of pre-employment background check services. The company conducts criminal history checks; education, employment and license verifications; employment eligibility verification; and credit reports and drug screening. amof.info

Advanced Surveillance Group  Advanced Surveillance Group provides pre-employment and current employee screening. Some of its services include name, address and Social Security number verifications; driving-record  searches; criminal conviction searches; prior employment, education, past earnings and professional license verifications; and civil court record searches. The company also conducts reference interviews. asginvestigations.com

A.I.R. Pre-Employment Screening Services  A.I.R. Pre-Employment Screening Services offers comprehensive background checks that include criminal record searches, sex offender record searches, driving records, identity verifications, credit reports, employment and education verifications, and annual employee rescreening. air-prehire.com

AmericanChecked — AmericanChecked is a nationally accredited background-screening services provider that offers solutions that are customizable to meet companies' individual screening needs. The company conducts criminal history searches, court searches, Social Security number verifications, motor vehicle record searches, credit searches, employment and education verifications, and drug testing. americanchecked.com

Aurico  Aurico provides background screening, drug screening, selection assessments and other related HR services. Its clients range from small startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. The company conducts criminal and civil records searches, identity and credit checks, and employment, education and license verifications. aurico.com

Background Info USA  Background Info USA is a provider of employee screening services, drug screening,  and I-9 employment eligibility solutions. Employee background check services include credit reports; Social Security number validation; address trace searches; National Sex Offender Registry searches; education and employment verification; driver's license history; and state, federal and county criminal record searches.  backgroundinfousa.com

BackTrack  BackTrack offers a variety of services, including background checks, drug screening, I-9 employment verification, assessment testing, exit interviews and applicant tracking. The company's background checks include criminal and court record searches; employment, education and credential verifications; credit history checks; and driving history searches. hbacktracker.com

C3 Intelligence — C3 Intelligence provides pre-employment-screening services to a range of clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurs and individuals. The company offers a wide variety of search options, including criminal history searches; motor vehicle reports; civil and financial searches; and employment, education, professional license, military and reference verifications. C3 Intelligence also provides E-Verify/form I-9 compliance services and drug testing solutions. c3intelligence.com

Carco Group — Carco's background checks include tracking, analysis and data verification. To ensure accurate and complete findings of its employment screenings, the company re-verifies adverse information before it's disseminated. Specific employment-screening aspects include credit checks, criminal history searches, Social Security number traces, I-9/E-Verify services, employment and education verification, driving record searches and social media checks. carcogroup.com

The Cedalius Group — The Cedalius Group provides background and screening research that includes criminal records, verifications, drug testing and consulting services. The company works with a wide variety of industries and researches all employment-level positions, from executive board members and corporate officers to volunteers and hourly associates. thecedaliusgroup.com

Checkr — Checkr allows businesses to run background checks automatically and securely. The company's color-coded dashboard makes it easy  to browse and evaluate background reports that include national and county criminal record searches, driving history reports, Social Security number verifications and previous address searches. checkr.com

ClearStar  ClearStar offers a full suite of background and drug-screening services. The company conducts criminal history searches, alias and address history checks, verification services, motor vehicle record checks, credit checks, civil court checks and post-hire and post-offer verifications. clearstar.net

Corporate Investigations  Corporate Investigations Inc. is a national provider of background check services. The company works with both small and large employers in a variety of industries. Its services include criminal records checks; Social Security number verifications; I-9 employment verifications; motor vehicle record searches; government sanction checks; education, employment and professional license verifications; reference checks; credit checks; and drug screening. ciilink.com

Corporate Screening — Corporate Screening offers a range of pre-employment screening services, including Social Security number traces; credit reports; driver history reports; criminal record searches; education, employment and reference verifications; and drug and health screenings. corporatescreening.com

Corra Group — Corra Group specializes in employment screening and corporate research. The company conducts criminal history searches; civil records searches; Social Security number traces; motor vehicle driving records searches; social media background checks; and education, employment and professional license verifications. Corra's web-based system allows businesses to order background checks online, monitor results, view reports in progress and securely archive candidate results. corragroup.com

Crimcheck  Crimcheck specializes in employment screening and background checks. Its background-screening services include criminal checks; Social Security number traces; motor vehicle reports; employment credit reports; employment and education verifications; and reference checks. Additionally, the company's online portal allows you to order, track and evaluate your requests. crimcheck.net

Criminal Background Records — Criminal Background Records offers a variety of pre-employment screening services, including state and national criminal history searches, Social Security number validations, address history traces, eviction checks and driving-record searches. In addition, the company conducts employment, education and credential verifications. criminalbackgroundrecords.com

DataCheck — DataCheck is a full-service background investigation company that specializes in pre-employment screening. The company conducts state and national criminal history checks, past employment and education verifications, motor vehicle report checks, credit report checks and drug screenings. datacheckinc.com

Data Facts  Data Facts is a provider of background checks, drug testing; and applicant tracking. The company's background screenings include criminal record searches, credit reports, education and employment verifications, I-9 and E-Verify services, and motor vehicle record searches. datafacts.com

easyBackgrounds — easyBackgrounds specializes in pre-employment screening and employee background checks. The service conducts criminal records searches at the county, state and federal levels, and can verify past work history, education and professional references. Additional types of checks include civil record and bankruptcies searches, as well as motor vehicle reports. easyBackgrounds also offers drug testing. easybackgrounds.com

EBI  EBI's suite of pre-employment background checks is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Specific types of searches include Social Security number traces, credit report checks, criminal record searches, driver qualification services, and verification and credentialing. ebiinc.com

Edge Information Management  Edge Information Management is a national provider of employment screening services. The company conducts criminal records searches, employment and education verifications, Social Security number traces, civil court record searches, driving history searches and credit check reports. edgeinformation.com

EmployeeScreenIQ  EmployeeScreenIQ is a global employment screening resource that provides a suite of employment background-screening services, including criminal background checks, resume verification services and substance-abuse screening. EmployeeScreenIQ offers a package that's specifically made for small businesses that hire fewer than five employees a month. employeescreen.com

EmployersChoiceOnline.com — Employers Choice Online.com offers a range of services, including employment, vendor and nanny screening. Screening services include credit history searches; on-site civil and criminal record searches; credit reports; driving record searches; education, employment and license verifications; Social Security number traces; workers' compensation searches; and sex offender searches. employerschoiceonline.com

Employer's InfoSource — Employer's InfoSource is a single source for all employment background screening and credential verification services. The company conducts basic background checks, as well as extensive, executive-level credential verifications. employersinfosource.com

Employment Record Service — Employment Record Service is a provider of employment screening, verification and credentialing services. The company conducts nationwide criminal background checks, sex offender registry searches, motor vehicle record searches, credit history checks, Social Security and identity verifications, employment and education verifications, and reference interviews. ershire.com

Employment Screening Associates — Employment Screening Associates is a full-service research company that specializes in pre-employment and corporate intelligence solutions. The company conducts employment and education verifications, criminal history searches, Social Security number traces, motor vehicle reports and credit history checks. emplscreen.com

Employment Screening — Employment Screening offers background-screening and drug-testing services that can be customized according to industry. Services include background checks, drug testing, driving records searches, Social Security number traces, sex offender checks, and education, employment and professional license verifications. The company also conducts child care provider checks. employmentscreeninginc.com

Employment Screening Resources  Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a nationwide accredited background-screening organization that offers a variety of background-screening services and solutions, including identity and credit checks, Social Security number traces, criminal records checks, sex offender registry searches, civil records checks, driving records checks, and employment and education verifications. ESR also conducts drug testing. esrcheck.com

Employment Screening Services  Employment Screening Services offers pre-employment screening solutions. The company's background checks include criminal history searches, credit reports, motor vehicle reports, education and employment verifications, drug testing and Social Security number traces. employscreen.com

Employment Screening Services  Employment Screening Services has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. The company conducts drug testing, county criminal record searches, national criminal database searches, Social Security number verification, and employment and education verification. esswny.com

FirstPoint — FirstPoint is a national provider of information and operation services. Its background-screening services include verifications, drug and alcohol testing, social media screening and fingerprint and DNA testing. firstpointresources.com

First Advantage  First Advantage offers solutions that are designed to ensure that job candidates have the background skills, attitudes and aptitudes for the positions for which they are interviewing. The company conducts identity verifications, criminal record searches, fingerprinting and drug testing. fadv.com

GIS  GIS is a nationally accredited background check company. In addition to background checks, the company provides drug testing, onboarding and tax credit solutions. GIS serves a wide variety of clients, from small organizations to Fortune 500 companies. geninfo.com

Global Backgrounds  Global Backgrounds offers both employee and nanny background checks. Background checks include address history, Social Security number traces, national criminal database and sex offender registry searches; a criminal court records search; a federal criminal courts search; and employment, education and reference verifications. globalbackgrounds.com

*GoodHire  GoodHire was our best pick for small businesses. GoodHire is a background-screening service that offers scalable, FCRA-compliant solutions to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes. Specific types of services include drug testing; Social Security number traces; address history; national criminal records checks; county criminal courts checks; domestic and global terrorist watch list checks; sex offender list checks; education, employer and professional license verifications; and motor vehicle records checks. goodhire.com. Read our full review here.

*HireRight  HireRight was out best pick for medical practices. HireRight offers flexible employment-screening solutions encompassing more than 150 different service offerings. Specific screening services include criminal background checks, identity checks, health care sanctions checks, verifications, drug screenings, I-9 and E-Verify, candidate experience and extended workforce screenings. hireright.com. Read our full review here.

HireSafe  HireSafe conducts background checks for businesses of all sizes in a wide range of industries. The company's pay-as-you-go background-screenings include national criminal database searches; county, federal and state criminal record searches; Social Security number validation and verification; and employment, education and professional license verification. hiresafe.com

Human Assets South  Human Assets South provides background-screening and drug-testing services. Specific background screenings include employment, education, license and credential verifications; credit reports; motor vehicle reports; workers' compensation claim histories; National Sex Offender Registry searches; and county, state, civil and federal criminal history searches. hasouth.com

InfoMart  InfoMart is a background-screening company that provides criminal history, credit and driving records, as well as education and employment verifications for businesses worldwide. InfoMart is a founding and accredited member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. infomart-usa.com

Insperity  Insperity provides a variety of human resources services, including employment screening solutions. The company's employment-screening services include Social Security number traces; criminal record searches; driving record checks; and employment, education, credential and reference verifications. insperity.com

IntelliCorp  IntelliCorp is a nationwide provider of background checks and employment-screening solutions. Specific types of searches include criminal and sex offender records checks; Social Security number verifications; education, employment and professional license verifications; civil records searches; credit reports; and motor vehicle reports. IntelliCorp also conducts drug testing. intellicorp.net

Intelifi — Intelifi's platform enables accessibility to county courthouses, government sources and international feeds. Background-screening services include people searches, criminal records searches, motor vehicle records searches, credit reporting and employment, education and reference verifications. intelifi.com

Justifacts  Justifacts provides background-screening services to companies of all sizes. Services include employment history and license verification, criminal record searches, reference checks, motor vehicle records checks, address history, drug testing and sex offender searches. justifacts.com

KlinkCheck — KlinkCheck provides in-depth background reports to business owners, human resources professionals and legal professionals. The company conducts both pre-employment and post-hiring background checks. KlinkCheck's searches are individually tailored to fit your company's needs. klinkcheck.com

National Employment Screening — National Employment Screening is an FCRA-compliant background check company that conducts pre-employment screening. Specific services include federal, state and county criminal records searches, motor vehicle reports, drug screening, and employment and education verifications. There are no maintenance charges or long-term contracts. national-employment-screening.com

Orange Tree Employment Screening — Orange Tree Employment Screening provides background check services to corporations across the United States. Specific services include criminal background research; driving record research; education, employment and professional license verifications; Social Security number traces and locator services; and drug and alcohol testing. Orange Tree's technology is designed to easily integrate with other platforms, such as applicant-tracking systems. orangetreescreening.com

PeopleFacts — PeopleFacts provides employee background check information to human resources departments in a wide array of industries, including transportation, staffing, health care, education, banking, telecommunications and manufacturing. The company conducts criminal history searches, civil court records searches, drug and alcohol screening, identity verification, motor vehicle reports, and education and employment verifications. peoplefacts.com

PeopleG2 — PeopleG2's services range from employment screening and background checks to more strategic and advanced human capital due diligence services like executive screening. The company conducts criminal and civil records searches, social media screening, employment, education and reference verifications, and drug testing. peopleg2.com

Peopletrail  Peopletrail offers a broad selection of background and employment-screening services, including credit and identity reports, driving records searches, employment and education verification, criminal and civil record searches, corporate investigations and drug screening. peopletrail.com

Pinkerton  Pinkerton offers a variety of employment background-screening services, including background checks, fingerprinting, drug testing and I-9 verification. Pinkerton's background checks involve county, state, federal and international criminal history searches; sex offender searches; and civil court checks. Employment history and education verifications are also included. pinkerton.com/employment-screening

PreCheck  PreCheck's background check services are designed exclusively for health care organizations. PreCheck offers a SanctionCheck, which ensures that anyone engaged with your facility is compliant with Medicare and Medicaid standards. The company's services extend beyond background verifications and credentialing to include professional license management, health and drug testing, exclusion and sanction screening, immunization tracking and online I-9 and E-Verify processing. precheck.com

Pre-employ  Pre-employ offers background-screening services to large businesses. The services offered include county, state and federal criminal record searches; national and international criminal database searches; Social Security number traces and validations; sex offender registry searches; education, license, credential and employment verifications; credit report searches; and motor vehicle record checks. preemploy.com 

Pre-Employment — Pre-Employment provides employment screening services, including criminal history checks; employment, education, license and reference verifications; credit history checks; motor vehicle records checks; and drug screenings. pre-employment.com

PreHire Screening Services  PreHire Screening Services is a nationwide pre-employment screening services provider to companies of all sizes. The company's wide range of background-screening services include criminal record searches, driving record searches, and employment and education verifications. prehirescreening.com

Private Eyes  Private Eyes Inc. provides comprehensive pre-employment screening services, such as background checks, education verification, Social Security number traces, drug screenings, physicals, driver qualification file maintenance and motor vehicle record checks. The company works with more than 500 organizations of all sizes in a wide range of industries. privateeyesbackgroundchecks.com

Profiles International — Profiles International offers a comprehensive employment-screening program that includes criminal history searches, credit reports and education verification. Other services include employment and military service verifications, driver's history reports and incarceration records searches. profilesinternational.com

Proforma Screening Solutions  Proforma Screening Solutions delivers a wide range of background checks and background-screening services for companies of all sizes. For the needs of smaller businesses, the company offers an express online background-screening that enables managers to select from background-screening packages that include Social Security number validation, address history, national criminal database searches, terrorist watch list searches, sex offender registry searches, county and federal criminal records searches, and motor vehicle reports. proformascreening.com

PSI — PSI conducts pre-employment background-screening services to businesses of all sizes and from all industries. Specific services include criminal history searches, Social Security number traces, employment and education verifications, reference checks, credit reports and drug screenings. psibackgroundcheck.com

Research Associates  Research Associates conducts employee-screening services. The company conducts personal interviews with former employers and references; chronological reviews of work and education history; education and license verifications; credit and financial information checks; criminal history reports; driving records searches; and civil and bankruptcy court records searches. researchassociatesinc.com

SafeGuard Background Screening — SafeGuard Background Screening is a provider of employment-screening and drug-testing services. The company offers jurisdictional coverage for background screening in every county in all 50 states, all federal courts and U.S. national security agencies, as well as extended investigations in more than 220 countries. Drug-testing services are available at more then 15,000 locations throughout North America. safeguardcertify.com

Safe Hiring Solutions  Safe Hiring Solutions is a comprehensive risk management firm that specializes in background checks, visitor/volunteer management software and automated reference checking software. The company offers a paperless processing option that features an embedded link on each employer's website, which allows job candidates to electronically sign authorizations and input their information. safehiringsolutions.com

Sarma  Sarma is a nationwide provider of employment-screening services. The company's services include county criminal reports, credit reports, drug screenings, education verifications, federal criminal reports, I-9 verifications, multistate criminal searches, motor vehicle reports, sex offender records and Social Security number traces. sarma.com

Sentinel Background Checks  Sentinel Background Checks is a pre-employment screening company that offers a variety of services that can be tailored for each business's needs. Among the services Sentinel conducts are criminal and civil record searches, credit report checks, motor vehicle report checks, past employment and education verifications and drug screenings. sbchecks.com

Shield Screening  Shield Screening is a full-service background check organization. The company offers Social Security number traces; credit report checks; motor vehicle report checks; national, state and county criminal searches; National Sex Offender Registry searches; drug screening; and employment, education and professional license verification. shieldscreening.com

SmartStart Employment Screening — SmartStart Employment Screening is a U.S.-based background- and employment-screening company with domestic and international research resources. The company conducts criminal history searches; civil records searches; drug testing; and employment, education and professional license verifications. SmartStart can also search credit reports and motor vehicle records. smartstartemploymentscreeninginc.com

SSC — SSC is a professional investigations and security company that conducts pre-employment screening services. The company's investigators conduct county, state and national criminal history checks; civil records checks; motor vehicle records checks; and employment, education, military and professional credential verifications. SSC also conducts drug testing. sscscreening.com

StarPoint Employment Screening  StarPoint Employment Screening offers a variety of screening services, such as background checks that include criminal reports, motor vehicle driving records, employment verifications and employment credit checks. All reports are available immediately, except for employment verifications, which take no more than three days to complete. starpointemploymentscreening.com

Sterling Talent Solutions — Sterling Talent Solutions provides employment screening and background check services for companies of all sizes and in all industries. The company's background checks allow human resources professionals to search criminal records, check education and professional references, schedule drug tests and monitor employee arrests. sterlingtalentsolutions.com

SurePayroll  SurePayroll's pre-employment screening services include background checks, behavioral assessments and skills testing. Background checks feature Social Security number traces, county and national criminal history searches, education and employment verifications, and motor vehicle reports. Once completed, background checks can be viewed in a background check management interface. surepayrollscreening.com

Trak-1  Trak-1 is accredited by the NAPBS and offers FCRA-compliant screening services and reports for clients in multiple industries. The company conducts a variety of screening services, including criminal court record searches, Social Security number checks, motor vehicle reports, education and employment verifications, workers' compensation reports, credit history reports, and drug and alcohol screening. trak-1.com

TriCor Employment Screening — TriCor Employment Screening is a full-service background-screening company with national and international coverage. Services include Social Security number trace reports; driving history reports; county, state and federal criminal history searches; education, license and employment verifications; and drug testing. tricorinfo.com

TruDiligence — TruDiligence is nationally accredited by the NAPBS and offers an integrated applicant-tracking system and conducts criminal history, civil history, credit report and motor vehicle record searches. TruDiligence also provides education, employment, license, certification and Social Security Number verifications. trudiligence.com

Truescreen — Truescreen offers a comprehensive suite of applicant-screening services. Specific screenings include federal, state and county criminal records searches; sex offender registry searches; Social Security number validation and verification; and education and employment verifications. The company also offers fingerprinting and drug testing. truescreen.com

Trusted Employees — Trusted Employees provides employment-screening solutions for organizations of all sizes across numerous industries. The company conducts criminal history searches, sex offender registry searches, Social Security number verification, and employer, education and reference verifications. Trusted Employees also conducts drug screenings and motor vehicle records searches. trustedemployees.com

Universal Background Screening  Universal Background Screening is a provider of background-screening solutions, including a comprehensive selection of employment background checks and verifications, employee drug testing, employment physicals and compliance management services. The company conducts background checks on vendors, temporary staff, consultants, volunteers, students, executives and a company's extended workforce. universalbackground.com

Validity Screening Solutions  Validity Screening Solutions offers employment-related background screenings and rechecks. The company conducts criminal and civil court record searches, as well as employment and education verifications. validityscreening.com

Verified Credentials  Verified Credentials is a background-screening company that serves organizations across all industries. The company conducts criminal background searches; academic, employment and professional license verifications; health care specific searches; drug testing; and international screening. verifiedcredentials.com

Verified First — Verified First provides employment background checks, drug testing and E-Verify services. Your Verified First account enables you to run as many or as few searches as you need; you'll be billed only for what you use. To conduct a search with the system, simply enter basic employee information into the system, select databases and click search. Most results will be returned within seconds. You can run industry-specific reports against hundreds of databases in all 50 states and in 200 countries. verifiedfirst.com

VeriFirst Background Screening  VeriFirst Background Screening is a national provider of risk management and background-screening services. The company conducts employment background checks that include searches of criminal records, credit history reports, employment and education verifications, E-Verify workforce eligibility and drug testing. VeriFirst features an online background check consent portal and free applicant notification services. verifirst.com

VICTIG — VICTIG is a full-service background-screening company for businesses of all sizes. The company conducts county and national criminal records searches; credit reports; motor vehicle record reports; and employment, education license and reference verifications. victig.com

Here is a list of online background check websites:

AdvancedBackgroundChecks.com — AdvancedBackgroundChecks.com helps you find people and learn more about them from public records and background checks. With the service, you can search current and previous addresses, phone numbers, criminal records, census records, business associates, marriage and divorce records, property records and bankruptcies. Free and paid memberships are available. advancedbackgroundchecks.com

backgroundchecks.com — backgroundchecks.com offers all types of background checks, including criminal background checks. The service's criminal database contains more than 525 million criminal records from more than 1,000 sources, including county court records, state repositories, departments of corrections, administrative offices of courts, state sex and violent offender registries, government exclusion lists and terrorist watch lists. This website abides by the FCRA regulations and can be used as part of the pre-employment hiring process. backgroundchecks.com

*BackgroundReport.com  BackgroundReport.com was our best pick for do-it-yourself background check websites. BackgroundReport.com provides online access to background reports for either yourself or someone else. The service offers instant access to background information such as Social Security number validation, criminal and arrest records, bankruptcies, judgments, liens, address history, alias names and evictions. This website abides by the FCRA regulations and can be used as part of the pre-employment hiring process. backgroundreport.com. Read our full review here.

BackgroundSearcher.com  Members of Background Searcher get instant, unlimited access to the site's entire comprehensive selection of links to investigative databases, resources and search sites, including state, federal and local government public records resources. Background Searcher doesn't state on its website whether it abides by FCRA regulations. backgroundsearcher.com

BeenVerified   BeenVerified provides instant access to public records. The company aggregates up-to-date public record databases through its web-based software. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. beenverified.com

CheckPeople.com  CheckPeople.com provides instant access to public records in one easy-to-read report. The site's comprehensive background check services cover criminal records, current and previous phone numbers, address histories, sex offender databases, property ownership records, marriage and divorce records, family member lists, and bankruptcy and tax lien history. CheckPeople.com is not a consumer reporting agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Act guidelines. checkpeople.com

eVerify   eVerify's comprehensive background reports are designed to uncover a wealth of information, including if a person was ever arrested or sued, has a criminal record, has filed for bankruptcy, was married or divorced, owns a property or a business, has an active warrant or has served time in jail. The service's databases have more than 2 billion records covering all 50 states. eVerify is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. everify.com

FindOutTheTruth.com  FindOutTheTruth.com provides private-investigator-assisted background checks, criminal records, employee screenings, tenant screenings and international criminal background checks. The service's reports are compiled using several different databases that contain billions of records across a variety of subjects. This website abides by the FCRA regulations and can be used as part of the pre-employment hiring process. findoutthetruth.com

Freebackgroundcheck.org  Freebackgroundcheck.org has access to many extensive public-record databases. With this service, you can search for someone's court cases; contact information and arrest records; as well as sex offender status; birth, marriage and divorce records; and property and bankruptcy information. This service is not intended for pre-employment screening. freebackgroundcheck.org

Instant Checkmate   Instant Checkmate is a public-records search engine that can perform online background checks instantly. You can search for anyone in the U.S. and get immediate access to his or her criminal records, related court documents, addresses, real age and known aliases. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. instantcheckmate.com

Intelius — Intelius is an information commerce company that provides comprehensive online information about individuals, their histories and their connections to others. The company's reports and services range from basic people search results to detailed background reports to a comprehensive identity-theft protection service. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. intelius.com

KnowX  KnowX is used to help you find information about businesses, people and assets, and discover any critical relationships among them. With this website, you can run a background check on a business, locate assets or investigate property value through public records. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. knowx.com

PeopleFinders   PeopleFinders is a data-as-a-service provider for consumers and businesses seeking detailed insight involving people, places and things in the United States. PeopleFinders' data includes information on virtually every adult in the U.S. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. peoplefinders.com

PeopleSmart  PeopleSmart is designed to help find you people and connect with others. The service, which provides search access to contact information and public records, allows you to try to find someone by name, email, phone number and address. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. peoplesmart.com

PeopleWise  PeopleWise is a service that can help you find information about people, businesses, assets and neighborhoods. Perform searches with PeopleWise to find people using public-records information from across the nation that is compiled from official data sources. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening. peoplewise.com

US Search   US Search is an online provider of searches for people, background checks, phone number lookups and public records. The service is not FCRA-compliant and is not intended for pre-employment screening.  ussearch.com

Verispy  — Verispy is a comprehensive background check service. Types of records available via Verispy include bankruptcy history, address history, marriages and divorce history, property ownership, criminal records, sex offender records, business licenses, evictions, lawsuits, email addresses and social network profiles. Verispy is not a consumer reporting agency as defined by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. verispy.com

Here is a list of background check companies that specialize in household employee screening and weren't listed above:

Background Checks for Nannies  Background Checks for Nannies offers background-screening services from True Hire, comprehensive drug testing programs and a wide range of applicant-tracking systems. Its services include identity reports; credit reports; driver's records; reference and credential reports; and criminal records at the county, state and federal levels. backgroundchecksfornannies.com

Childcare Background Search — Childcare Background Search is a nanny background check company that serves individual families and nanny placement agencies throughout the United States. The checks include national and county criminal checks, sex offender checks, driving history records and college education verification. childcarebackground.com

ESR Screened Caregiver  ESR Screened Caregiver provides background-screening services for employers of caregivers. The company offers three different background-screening plans that include criminal history checks, sex offender searches and motor vehicle records. 

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.