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Background Checks Review

Editor’s Note: This service has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another service.

Our Verdict

This is a good service for businesses that want subscription options, but we can't recommend it for most individual consumers.

For

  • This service searches hundreds of databases to find information for comprehensive employment background checks.

Against

  • Backgroundchecks.com does not offer reverse address or phone number searching tools.
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Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service offers self-check tools so you can know what potential employers see about you.

Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service offers self-check tools so you can know what potential employers see about you.
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Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service has several different methods of payment available.

Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service has several different methods of payment available.
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Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service offers Norton security features to protect your data.

Backgroundchecks.com image: This online background check service offers Norton security features to protect your data.

Editor’s Note: This service has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another service. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Backgroundchecks.com instantly and simultaneously searches more than 200 million criminal records in all 50 states. You can access this extensive database as a consumer but the pricing and services are geared more towards business applications. If you need to conduct multiple online background checks, you can sign up for a business account and monthly membership. With it, you get employment, education and professional license verification, plus employee background monitoring.

Public information that is readily available is returned quickly, usually within four hours. Many other report options return your results instantly. You can order county courthouse searches for advanced criminal background checks and Backgroundchecks.com will send a runner to courthouses in the U.S. to look for records in person.

Backgroundchecks.com specializes in criminal background checks but also offers civil searches, verifications, driving-record checks, alias and trace searches, and credit reports for verified business clients. Credentialed businesses can also sign up for employment background checks that include contacting your subject's previous employers by phone. Additionally, Backgroundchecks.com searches databases including Interpol Most Wanted, Fugitive List, Office of Thrift Supervision, OFAC Blocked List, Denied Person(s) List, Australian Reserve Bank Sanctions List, European Union Terrorism Sanctions List, OSFI Canadian Sanctions List, Bank of England Sanctions List and P.R.I.O.R.S databases.

The reports available from Backgroundchecks.com will list misdemeanor or felony status for your subjects, their physical descriptions, rulings in any civil and criminal court cases, and even driving records. You will also find descriptions of any alleged crimes and, in some cases, photographs of the person.

All this information is valuable, but finding it for the exact person you're trying to investigate can be a challenge with Backgroundchecks.com. For any search, you have to include your subjects' first and last names, birth dates and complete street addresses. For driving-record investigations, you also need the driver's license number of the individual in question. Consumers looking to simply find an old friend are unlikely to have access to this data.

The lack of preview results with this site may also make your subject hard to find. Finding correct data is vital with any criminal background check service, so we tested all the services we reviewed. The lack of preview results and the number of search fields required for each report made the accuracy of this service hard to gauge, but many customers say that this service provides too little information for the price.

This background check service excels at providing information about its services by way of an online FAQs page. You can also find search tips, a blog, information about criminal records and an excellent terminology section with lists of legal terms and their definitions. This means that when your reports arrive, you will be able to understand every line item, whether it says "FMFR" (failure to maintain financial responsibility) or "Federal Question," which means that jurisdiction in the matter has been transferred to federal courts because of constitutional or treaty questions. If you need extra assistance or want to customize your business subscription package, you may call Backgroundchecks.com or send the company an email. Our calls were answered quickly.

Backgroundchecks.com is not the best choice for most consumers. It makes finding the records you're looking for difficult because of the amount of search criteria required and the lack of results previews. If you are a small business owner, however, this will be a good fit. It will allow you to base hiring decisions on a comprehensive background report.