Don’t be daunted by background checks. Browse our user-friendly check guide to find out more about the checks we offer and which are right for you.
An Identity Check confirms a person’s identity by cross-referencing their details (name, address, date of birth, and SNN) against a range of verified databases including Credit Headers and SSN Trace.
Unless you know a person is who they say they are, any other information you receive on them – such as the results of a criminal check or confirmation of their qualifications – is futile and cannot be relied upon.
Everybody, regardless of job role. It’s required with any Onfido check.
A Document Check consists of a visual image scan on identity documentations such as driving licenses and passports to ensure that they are valid. The key checks carried out are:
A National Criminal Check draws from over 500 million records from thousands of jurisdictions extracted from state and county courthouses. This helps identify criminal records across states and counties where a candidate has worked, lived or attended school within the last 7 years.
A County Criminal Check provides a more detailed local-level confirmation search on any results found on National Criminal Checks and reports any felony or misdemeanor records within the last 7 years. Not all criminal records are captured on the National Criminal Database so for added security, the counties where an applicant has resided over the past 7 years is identified using their SSN and the courthouses searched for any additional records. The searches depend on the limited availability of archived records, state laws and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulations.
A Driving Record Check searches DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) databases across all 50 states for suspensions, revocations, violations and sanctions.
The driving record contains information about the applicant’s driving history including:
A Sex Offender Check identifies applicants who are listed on a nationwide or state Sex Offender registry. These registries assemble information about persons convicted of sexual offenses for law enforcement and public notification purposes.
The Watchlist Check will identify whether your applicant is listed on global watchlists.
• Government Sanctions Lists
• Politically Exposed Persons Lists
• Anti-Terrorism Watchlists
• Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Watchlists
• CIA Watchlists
• Disqualified Directors
Crucial for any applicant working in the financial, political or legal spheres. Also important for management roles.
Typically instant, but may take longer in certain cases.
A Terrorist Check searches the TSC’s (U.S. Government Terrorist Screening Center) Terrorist Watchlist - a single database of identifying information about those known or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity. The check will identify known or suspected terrorists trying to obtain visas, enter the country, board aircraft, or engage in other activity. While undertaking these activities, TSC is also dedicated to ensuring the data it stores is maintained in a manner consistent with protecting the privacy and civil liberties of Americans.
The Employment History Check obtains and verifies an applicant's previous employment history.
The check includes:
Medium to high skilled workers in service industries.
The Education Check confirms that the applicant's education and qualification certificates are genuine through checking directly with the issuing establishment. The check confirms:
Any roles requiring a specific degree or grade, and recent graduates; this check can be run on anyone, though.
A Drug Test Check verifies applicants for abuse of illegal substances through a certified nationwide third-party specialists.
All civil service jobs, whether they are on the federal, state or local level, are obligated to perform pre-employment drug testing. This includes such positions as public school employees, road construction and maintenance crews, social services staff and law enforcement officers.
We also offer compliant and robust background checks across different industries and geographies.