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The Best Background Check Companies of 2019

Chad Brooks, Writer
May 8, 2019

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.

Our Best Picks

Best for Small Businesses

GoodHire
Cost: $29.99 to $79.99

Best for Very Small Businesses

AccurateNow
Cost: $24.95 to $63.95

Best for Household Employees

eNannySource
Cost: $19 to $89

Best Do-It-Yourself Website

BackgroundReport.com
Cost: $19.95 to $29.95

Best for Medical Practices

HireRight
Cost: Customized for each business

GoodHire

Best for Small Businesses

Summary

GoodHire has everything small businesses need from a background check provider. It offers a variety 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, and it has an easy-to-use online system and excellent customer service.
Read our full review of GoodHire

AccurateNow

Best for Very Small Businesses

Summary

AccurateNow offers three different background check packages designed specifically for small businesses. It also offers supplementary searches that can be tacked on to any of the plans. You can purchase the background checks 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.
Read our full review of AccurateNow

eNannySource

Best for Household Employees

Summary

eNannySource conducts background checks on any household employee. 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.
Read our full review of eNannySource

BackgroundReport.com

Best Do-It-Yourself Website

Summary

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.
Read our full review of BackgroundReport.com

HireRight Express

Best for Medical Practices

Summary

HireRight offers a comprehensive suite of background screenings, including an abundance of checks designed specifically for health care industry workers. In addition, the company conducts deep criminal history searches and provides a wide variety of verifications, such as those for past education and employment.
Read our full review of HireRight Express

Our Methodology

To determine the best background check services in 2019, we spent dozens of hours researching the top companies. Here is an explanation of our selection process.

Locating the Best Services

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.

Choosing the Best Services

We narrowed down our list by eliminating vendors that don't specialize in employee background checks or don't work with small organizations. We ultimately settled on 19 services to consider as best picks: AccurateNow, Accurate Background, 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.)

Researching Each Service

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, we contacted each company's customer service department and posed as would-be business or medical practice owners.

Analyzing Each Service

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 factors such as cost, types of criminal searches conducted, ease of use, how easy the reports are to access and understand, how long searches take, Better Business Bureau complains and, finally, accreditation with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.

Methodology for the DIY Service

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

Methodology for Household Employee Services

For this category, we used a methodology similar to the one detailed above. However, we only considered companies that offer 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.)

Best Picks

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AccurateNow

AccurateNow is our best pick for very small businesses. AccurateNow, from Accurate Background, provides background check services for small and midsize businesses. The company conducts Social Security number traces, address history checks, criminal history checks, sex offender registry checks, motor vehicle records checks, and education and employment verification.
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BackgroundReport.com

BackgroundReport.com is our best pick for do-it-yourself background check websites. It 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.
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HireRight Express

HireRight is our best pick for medical practices. It offers flexible employment screening solutions, including criminal background checks, identity checks, health care sanctions checks, verifications, drug screenings, I-9 and E-Verify, candidate experience and extended workforce screenings.
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eNannySource

eNannySource is our best pick for household employee background checks. eNannySource's background checks – which include criminal history records, address history, Social Security number traces, driving reports and reference checks – are fully compliant with the FCRA.
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GoodHire

GoodHire is our best pick for small businesses. This background-screening service offers FCRA-compliant solutions to organizations of all sizes. Types of services include drug testing, Social Security number traces, address history, criminal records checks, domestic and global terrorist watch list checks, sex offender list checks, motor vehicle records checks, and education, employer and professional license verifications.
Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks, Writer

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer with more than 20 years of media experience. A graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff as a senior writer. Currently, Chad covers a wide range of B2B products and services, including business phone systems, time and attendance systems, payroll services, and conference call services. Before joining Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. Chad's first book, "How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business," was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.