Background Screening Program


Hire Image’s secure Web-based system enables Your Company 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 screening 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, bankruptcy, liens and judgments, terrorist activity, and more. Our turnaround times are between 24 and 72 hours, making us one of the most reliable and comprehensive agencies in the industry.

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• Fora la carte’ information, click on an item in the list below to jump to a brief description and pricing. Contact us if there is an item you need not listed here.

Address & Social Security Number Trace

Civil Search – County

Continuous Criminal Monitoring

Criminal Search



Drug Screening

Federal Reserve Board Sanction List Search


I-9 Solution with Free E-Verify®

Liens & Judgment Search

MedScan – Individual

MedScan USA – Individual

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals List (SDNL)

Patriot Act Search

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Search

Verification – Education

Verification – Professional License

Worker’s Compensation Claims

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 & 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.

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

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 – (Includes all Jurisdictions)
This is a District level search for civil cases filed in the US District Court. Provides file date, parties involved, cause of action and case status when cases are uncovered.

Continuous Criminal Monitoring – 12- Month Subscription
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.

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 – County 
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  (Includes all 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.

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 Designed Nationals (SDN)

Criminal Search – Statewide
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 Records (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.

Drug Screening & Physicals – Varies 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
Hire Image will search 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.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 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.

Fingerprinting – Varies
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.

Global Excluded Parties Search (See Patriot Act 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.

International Criminal Search
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.

Interpol Search
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.

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

News & Publications Search
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.

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 (formally Champus).

MedScan USA – Individual
An enhanced version of MedScan that also includes the following information:
• Sanction information for all 50 states
• Patriot Act Search for a more complete search.
• Federal Sanction/Exclusion Datasets (DOJ, FBI,OFAC,SDN, US Marshals)
• State Exclusion Lists

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals List (SDNL)
Hire Image will search this list compiled by the Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). OFAC’s regulations may prohibit a transaction if a party on this list is involved. The SDN List search identifies organizations or individuals linked to illegal trade, terrorism, international narcotics trafficking, and those engaged in activities related to weapons of mass destruction.

Office of the Inspector General (OIG) 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.

Patriot Act Search
Meeting the requirements of the USA Patriot Act, this search includes database information provided by GSA (General Services Administration), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). 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, including but not limited to:
o Australian Reserve Bank Businesses
o Australian Reserve Bank Individuals
o Bank of England Sanctions
o Commodity Futures Trading Commission List of Regulatory & Self-Regulatory Authorities
o Defense Trade Controls (DTC) Debarred Parties
o FBI Fugitives 10 Most Wanted, Most Wanted Terrorists and Monthly Most Wanted
o Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Special Alert List
o Foreign Agent Registrations
o International Police Most Wanted
o Office of Foreign Asset Control
o OFAC – Enhanced Sanctioned Countries
o Office of Controller of Currency of Unauthorized Banks
o OSFI – Canada
o Palestinian Legislative Council
o Politically Exposed Persons
o State Department Terrorist Exclusions
o Terrorists Inside of European Union
o Terrorists Outside of European Union
o United Nations Named Terrorists
o US Bureau of Industry and Security – Unverified Entity List
o US Bureau of Industry and Security – Denied Entity List
o US Bureau of Industry and Security – Denied Person List
o World Bank Ineligible Firms

Sex Offender Registry Search
This search can identify criminals convicted of sex crimes by utilizing sex offender registries throughout the country. The list includes information from registries in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the five principal U.S. territories and federally recognized Indian tribes that elect to function as registration jurisdictions.  Although there is a restriction against using the Sex Offender Registry for employment in a few states, Hire Image confirms any records at the county level and reports information via a county level criminal report, therefore not using the registry. The database search simply helps to identify additional areas to be searched.

  • 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.

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Lien Filings Search
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.

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. 

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.

Verification – Professional License
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 – Reference Check
Professional/Personal reference checks provide insight into an applicants 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.

Worker’s Compensation Claims
After a conditional job offer is made, the Worker’s Compensation Claims report may be requested. Not available in all states.

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.

*Plus access fees.  Access fees for State, County, and DMV can be found here.