National Background Checks National Background Check Services

Hire Image LLC provides accurate and certified national background checks in addition to drug screening tests and employment verification services (post-employment screening) to national and international businesses, associations, staffing agencies, government organizations, financial services, non-profits, schools and universities, healthcare institutions, call centers, construction, and  many more industries.

Whether you’re looking to pre-screen a job candidate or volunteer, verify education or employment history on an applicant’s resume, perform a national background check, credit check, or schedule a drug screening appointments, we can help you quickly!

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Hire Image’s secure online national background check system enables you to easily request online background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our advanced technology – combined with information obtained from over 15,000 courts across the U.S. – makes your background check process fast, simple and affordable. Search for past criminal history, fraudulent social security numbers, untruthful resumes, sex offender records, workers’ compensation claims, falsified applications, drug arrests, traffic violations, bankruptcies, liens and judgments, terrorist activities, and more. Our turnaround times are between 24 and 72 hours, making us one of the most reliable and comprehensive background check companies in the industry.

Let Hire Image be your one-stop background check service. It’s what we do – every day.


Just Some of the Background Check Services that We Provide

Click on any of the items below for a brief description of the item. Contact us if there is an item you need not listed here.

Abuse Registry Search

Address & SSN (Social Security Number) Trace

Business and Corporation search

CBSV (Consent Based SSN Verification)

CIV (Consent Identity Verification)

Civil Search 

Corporate Affiliates Search

Credit Report

Criminal Search

Driving Record Services

Drug Screening Services

Export Denial List Search


FBI Most Wanted Search

Federal Reserve Board Sanction List Search

FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) Search


FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Search

FIRREA (Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989) Search

Global Excluded Parties Search

Health and Occupational Services

I-9 Solution with Free E-Verify®

MedScan – Individual

MedScan – Organization

News & Publications

OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control)

OIG (Office of the Inspector General) Search

Pre-Adverse and Adverse Action Administration

Report Adjudication

SAM (System for Award Management) Search

SEC Filings (Securities and Exchange Commission) Search

Sex Offender Searches

Social Media Search


Tenant Screening Services

Other Services

Abuse Registry Search
Many states maintain central child and elder abuse registries. Hire Image will search the appropriate registry for reportable information.  This information is invaluable when the applicant is working with children, the elderly or any vulnerable party.

Address & SSN (Social Security Number) Trace
This screening tool is used to ascertain if the social security number provided matches the applicant’s information and may include the year and state of issuance. This search may reveal other names used by the applicant and provides a history of the applicants addresses. Information from the Address & SSN Trace is used to identify jurisdictions and alias names to be searched. The Death Index is cross-referenced.

Business and Corporation Search
Secretary of State records will be searched to determine current business registration status.

Consent Based SSN Verification
CSBV is a method of matching personal identifiers directly to Social Security Administration (SSA) Master File and Death Index. CSBV provides compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements involving customer identification programs, Red Flags Rule, Fannie Mae Loan Quality Initiative, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Consumer Protection Act, and more.

Consent Identity Verification
CIV is an additional security measure that can assist in confirming the identity of the consumer before submitting their information for screening. The consumer is prompted with questions only they know, thus confirming their identity. The CIV questions can include factual statements for verification, such as, a previous address, a vehicle they have owned or leased, or a phone number they have been associated with.

Civil Search – Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy reports contain debtor information, jurisdiction, case number, date filed, chapter, disposition date, disposition and filing status.

Civil Search – Bankruptcy, Liens & Judgement Database Search
Bankruptcies filed as recently as prior day and more than 100 million liens and judgments records at the federal, state, and local levels. The search is a database search and does not include a court search.

Civil Search – County

General Jurisdiction Civil Search
This employee screening service involves a County-level (Plaintiff and Defendant) search for lawsuits in the general jurisdiction or “upper” courts. Generally, uncovers cases involving dollar amounts greater than $25,000. Provides file date, parties involved, cause of action and case status when cases are uncovered. 

General and Limited Jurisdiction Civil Search
Taking the civil search one step further, this employee background check is a County level (Plaintiff and Defendant) Search for lawsuits in the general and limited jurisdiction or “upper and lower” courts. *May not include small claims cases. Provides file date, parties involved, cause of action  

Civil Search – Federal
This is a District level search for civil cases filed in the US District Court. Search of civil court records in requested federal jurisdiction for suits, judgments, federal tax liens and bankruptcies. Provides file date, parties involved, cause of action and case status when cases are uncovered.

Civil Search – Liens & Judgment Search
Based on the jurisdiction searched, this report may include civil judgments, county, state and federal tax liens and small claims.

Civil Search – Tax Liens 
Federal and State civil court records are searched for any tax liens placed on the applicant’s property.

Civil Search- UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) Lien Filings 
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) liens cover personal property used as collateral by a debtor to secure a loan. This search will discover any UCC liens that are in place.

Civil Search- United States Tax Court
United States Tax Court docket records are searched for tax-related disputes and issues.

Corporate Affiliates Search
Public records search to ascertain corporate level involvement of the applicant in other companies or organizations.

Credit Report
This report will provide a profile of the applicant’s credit history including, charge-offs, collection accounts, public records, trade lines, bankruptcies, judgments, garnishments and monthly payment history. Credit reports are an invaluable pre-employment screening tool for candidates who may be handling cash, inventory, or finance/accounting. This report assists in determining an applicant’s financial responsibility level and can also identify financial situations that are reflective of the applicant’s behavior.

*Note some jurisdictions restrict the use of credit reports.

Criminal Search – Continuous Criminal Monitoring
Continuous Criminal Monitoring regularly scans nationwide criminal databases for criminal activity of your employees. Continuous Criminal Monitoring provides continuous monitoring, enabling identification of at-risk behaviors that may be cause for termination. Continuous Criminal Monitoring can identify criminal behavior after hire. If negative information is found, Hire Image will verify the record at the primary source before reporting.

Criminal Search – County Criminal
Hire Image accesses the predominately used index in the county being searched for felony and misdemeanor criminal records. This search is conducted via hands-on research and/or direct access to court records. Through our carefully scrutinized network of court researchers, we have the capability to search every county in the United States. The court system is diverse, varies from state to state, and information returned may vary based upon jurisdiction searched.

Criminal Search – Federal Criminal (Includes all Federal Jurisdictions)
A search for violations of Federal Law that are recorded in US District Courts. This search will return criminal convictions on federal charges including, but not limited to, securities and tax law violations, immigration violations, embezzlement, terrorism, weapons violations, interstate drug crimes, cyber crime and civil rights violations. Click here for a list of Federal Crimes.

Criminal Search- International Criminal 
Hire Image has access to international searches in over 250 countries. Information needed, and results found vary by country. We are happy to assist you in determining the most efficient and effective international search for your company.

Criminal Search- Interpol
Interpol is the world’s largest police organization, with 190-member countries. An Interpol search will check to ensure the applicant is not wanted internationally for drug abuse and trafficking, criminal organization, financial and high-tech crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, or corruption.

Criminal Search – Nationwide Database Search
Hire Image has access to a data file of over 500 million offender records with information from over 2,000 datasets. It contains misdemeanor and felony  records from numerous sources including  state Department of Corrections records and Administrative Offices of the Courts. Records are updated on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, based on the sources. This search can uncover offenses committed outside of the applicant’s counties of residence. A nationwide search is not recommended as the primary criminal search due to limitations of the data. If negative information is found, Hire Image will verify the record at the primary source before reporting. This search includes but is not limited to the following sources:

  • Multi-State Sex Offender Database
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Interpol
  • US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • US Department of State
  • General Services Administration Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)
  • System for Award Management (SAM)
  • US Secret Service
  • United Nations Security Council
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control ( OFAC)
  • Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)

Criminal Search – Nationwide Criminal Database with Alias
A combination of the Address & SSN trace and the Nationwide Criminal Database Search, this search uncovers known aliases including maiden names. All discovered name variations are then searched through the Nationwide Criminal Database Search.

Criminal Search – Statewide Criminal
The State Criminal check searches state law enforcement agency repositories in the United States,  which typically contain misdemeanors, felonies and traffic offenses, committed by an individual. While state criminal searches can add value, the amount and quality of information provided may vary by jurisdiction. Hire Image will work with your company to determine if a state search is a good choice in your area.

Driving Record Services – CDLIS (Commercial Drivers License Information System) 
This report provides information concerning license numbers and states of issue for up to 3 prior Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs) obtained by the applicant.

Driving Record Services – Driving Record Report (also known as DMV, MVR, or RMV Records)
The DMV report can warn companies about suspensions, DUI charges and potential substance abuse problems. DMV records are an integral part of any employee background check for applicants seeking positions involving driving responsibilities. States vary on information provided and terminology used.

Driving Record Services – International Driving Record Report
Validate that the driver license is a real driver license document and validate that the information on the driver license is reflective of the applicant. Records and availability vary by county.

Driving Record Services – Monthly Driver Monitoring
Hire Image’s driver monitoring services continuously monitors driver licenses across the U.S Driver monitoring covers 49 states and DC, with different levels of violation and license status reporting. One state (MS) does not report any information. Should states with limited reporting release more information, the service will automatically include new information as it becomes available from the state.

Driving Record Services – PSP (Pre-Employment Screening Program)
This search provides motor carries the ability to conduct a search for pre-employment purposes (cannot be used for current employees), providing driving history from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Information will include five (5) years of crash and violation data as well as three (3) year history of inspection activity.

Drug Screening Services
Hire Image offers a variety of collecting and testing options to meet your program policy needs and objectives for both DOT (Department of Transportation) and non-DOT programs. All traditional and non-negative screenings are reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and results are available through our web based interface. Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Blood Alcohol
  • Breath Alcohol
  • Hair
  • Urine
  • Saliva

Export Denial List Search
A search of the U.S Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) list of individuals and entities that have been denied export privileges. Any dealings with a party on this list that would violate the terms of its denial order is prohibited.

This is a proprietary name/product. Hire Image provides MedScan as an equivalent search. Please see MedScan description of service.

FBI Most Wanted Search
A search of the Search of the FBI’s database. Contains most wanted fugitives & missing persons, Hijacking Suspects from September 11, 2001, Most Wanted Terrorists, and Top Ten Most Wanted.

Federal Reserve Board Sanction List Search
The Federal Reserve takes formal enforcement actions against entities including state member banks, bank holding companies, and officers, directors, employees, and certain other categories of individuals associated with these entities for violations of laws, rules, or regulations, unsafe or unsound practices, breaches of fiduciary duty, and violations of final orders.

FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) Search
A search of the FFIEC database. Contains Board of Governors of FRB; Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. FDIC; National Credit Union (NCUA); Office Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS).

There are various methods and requirements for fingerprinting. If you require fingerprinting, Hire Image will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for specific information.

(FINRA) Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Search
Created in 2007 through the consolidation of NASD and NYSE Member Regulation, FINRA is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the U.S public and has background information on current and former FINRA-registered brokers and current and former FINRA registered brokerage firms. Summary information may include date of last update, disclosure details, status, qualifications, registration and employment history of individual brokers.

FIRREA (Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989) Search
This act dramatically changed the savings and loan industry and its federal regulation, including deposit insurance. Includes the following searches that help banks comply with this regulation:

  • FDIC Enforcement Actions, Federal Reserve Enforcement Actions;
  • FINRA Barred Individuals
  • FINRA Disciplinary Actions
  • NCUA Administrative Orders
  • OCC Bank Enforcement Actions (also listed as Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – Bank Enforcement Actions)
  • OCC-OTS Enforcement Actions
  • OCC Institution Affiliated Parties Enforcement Actions
  • OTS Enforcement Actions

This search does not include Civil Searches.

Global Excluded Parties Search
Search of database information provided by GSA (General Services Administration), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and includes action taken by licensing boards in all 50 states. Other contributing entities for excluded parties include: US Dept. of State; FBI; US Bureau of ATF; USICE; US Marshals; USPS; US Secret Service; USNCIS; CIA, and many international agencies.

Health and Occupational Services
Hire Image offers a comprehensive list of services in both regulated and non-regulated environments for all your occupational health and safety needs. Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lift Tests
  • Paramedical (height, weight, blood pressure)
  • Physicals
  • Titers & Vaccines
  • Tuberculosis (TB) testing
  • Vision & Hearing Screening

I-9 Solution with Free E-Verify®
Hire Image’s federally approved I-9 Solution, electronic I-9 compliance with free E-Verify®, protects and secures your information with digital storage made safe and simple. Real-time validation of information, duplication alert, expiration notices and easy information retrieval.

MedScan – Individual
Provides sanction information, for a single state, on healthcare individuals. This search meets the requirements for screening by the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Compliance Program with information from the following data sources: OIG, General Services Administration, Federal Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Tri-Care (formerly Champus), Sanction information for all 50 states, Patriot Act Search, Federal Sanction/Exclusion Datasets (DOJ, FBI, OFAC, SDN, US Marshals), and State Exclusion Lists.

MedScan – Organization
Provides sanction information, for a single state, on healthcare organizations. This search meets the requirements for screening by the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Compliance Program with information from the following data sources: OIG, General Services Administration, Federal Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Tri-Care (formerly Champus), Sanction information for all 50 states, and Patriot Act Search.

News & Publications
Hire Image searches various databases to find articles from newspapers, trade magazines, professional journals, and many other sources. These searches can uncover a myriad of information such as publication of awards, articles and other achievements by the applicant, or references to criminal activity, business transactions and disputes.

OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) Search 
A search of the OFAC list is designed to facilitate the use of the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (“SDN List”) and all other sanctions lists administered by OFAC, including the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List, the List of Persons Identified as Blocked Solely Pursuant to E.O. 13599, the Non-SDN Iran Sanctions Act List, the Part 561 list, the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List and the Non-SDN Palestinian Legislative Council List.

(OIG) Office of the Inspector General Search
A search of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s list of all parties currently excluded from participating in federally funded healthcare programs called the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Bases for exclusion include convictions for program- related fraud and patient abuse, licensing board actions and default on Health Education Assistance Loans.

Pre-Adverse and Adverse Action Administration
Hire Image will administer pre-adverse and adverse action letters as directed by and on behalf of the employer.

Report Adjudication
Hire Image will review all applicant files using the client’s provided adjudication matrix, and set a file decision of “Approved,” “Review,” or “Pre-Adverse” according to the matrix. Decision results can be sent to a specific client email upon completion of the report.

SAM (System for Award Management) Search
A search of the official U.S government website System for Award Management for excluded individuals/entities. The GSA Excluded Parties List System was replaced by SAM in 2012. 

SEC Filings (Securities and Exchange Commission) Search
A search of the Security & Exchange Commission’s public disclosure database to identify actions relating to securities and investment industry companies/professionals, public companies and principals. Provides information on investment advisor firms, including registration status, effective date, IARD/CRD number, business activities, and disclosures including regulatory and criminal activity. The SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial and other information to the public. Companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports,and other forms that will be revealed in the search.

Sex Offender Searches

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
A search of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) provided by the U.S Department of Justice.

National Sex Offender Registry Database
This search identifies criminals convicted of sex crimes by utilizing sex offender registries throughout the country, in all 50 states, U.S territories, the District of Columbia, Guam and participating Indian Tribes. Hire Image confirms any record at the primary source before reporting. Hire Image also offers state specific sex offender checks upon request.

Social Media Search
In today’s world, most applicants use social media in some form which can give employers a glimpse of the applicant not available on a resume. Clients identify the derogatory criteria for these social media searches and Hire Image will base reporting on that criteria. Sample categories are:

  • Threats or Acts of Violence
  • Sexually Explicit Material
  • Racist, Sexist, or Discriminatory Behavior
  • Potentially Illegal Activity
  • Negative Content Related to Employment.

Verification – Applicant Contact
Applicant contact, including activity and gap verifications, provide insight into gaps or missing employment periods the applicants did not provide on their application. Our trained staff will contact your applicant, if necessary, to obtain additional information regarding gaps in employment or proof of employment for current employment marked ‘do not contact’, employers no longer operating or non-responsive employers. We act as an extension of your Human Resource Department to obtain missing data quickly and efficiently to reduce your involvement with obtaining the necessary information and missing verifications.

Verification – DOT-FMCSA (Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) search regulated by the U.S Department of Transportation assists in identifying past violations of DOT mandated drug and alcohol testing. A research team member will contact employers of the past two to three years, depending on the industry requirements, to verify employment and drug and alcohol testing history. (+Verification notes listed below).

Verification – Education
An Education Verification confirms that an applicant attended the educational institution(s) claimed, including the years attended and any degrees or diplomas received. Verification  of education is a great resource for uncovering resume inflation and/or fraud. Hire Image also offers international verifications, document translation, and degree equivalency evaluation; additional charges apply for these services. (+Verification Notes listed below)

Verification – Employment
An Employment Verification confirms an applicant’s employment, including dates of employment, positions, and additional information where permitted by law and available such as: salary/wages, performance ratings, reason for departure, and eligibility for rehire. With accurate information about a candidates previous jobs, you can hire more qualified applicants. Hire Image also offers international verifications, document translation, and degree equivalency evaluation; additional charges apply for these services. (+Verification Notes listed below).

Verification – FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
A search of the Airmen certification database. (+Verification Notes listed below).

Verification – Professional License Check
This search verifies issuance of any professional licenses claimed by the applicant. A research team member contacts the appropriate licensing agency and verifies the validity of the license, the date issued and, if applicable, date of expiration. Most importantly, we verify any disciplinary actions brought against the license holder. If a disciplinary action is found, we request a copy of any filings. (+Verification Notes listed below).

Verification – Reference Check
Professional/Personal reference checks provide insight into an applicant’s character, abilities, and performance through conversations with provided references that are personally or professionally affiliated with the applicant. A research team member contacts each reference to conduct an interview based on your company’s standard questionnaire. Reference questions can be customized to your company’s specifications. Information obtained from personal and professional references can be a valuable tool during the hiring process. (+Verification Notes listed below).

+ Verification Notes:
Hire Image provides five attempts at hard contact for verifications. Hard contact includes:
– Directly speaking to the confirmed source
– Directly faxing to the confirmed source
– Directly emailing to the confirmed source
– Leaving a voice message for the confirmed source at their extension.
A source is confirmed when we have located the correct entity (i.e. school/college, business entity, certifying agency) and identified the correct person to respond to the request.

Verifications may be subject to access fees that are charged by the source and are subject to change without notice.  Access fees are in addition to Hire Image’s price per verification.  International verifications may incur international calling and faxing charges.

Tenant Screening Services
See Tenant Patrol’s list of services found here: for our current offerings.

Other Services
If you are interested in an employee screening service that you do not see here, please call Hire Image 1-888-433-0090 for pricing and description.