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How It Works

Getting started with background checks. New to background checks or just new to us.

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Getting started with background checks. You’ll need to provide basic information about your company. Your company name, website, U.S. physical address, name, telephone number and email address.

Need help choosing a package? Need additional searches or a custom package? We are here to help.

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In compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) we must confirm you are a valid business. If your business is not registered with the Secretary of State in your jurisdiction, we may need to request a copy of your business license or FBN statement.

Most verifications are completed within minutes.


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Once your account has been set up, you’ll receive a link to complete login credentials to your secure account. From there it’s as easy as the click of a button.  This will send a secure link to your applicant’s email address. They fill in their personal identifying information and authorize the background check. We’ll take it from there!
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to get a candidate’s consent before running a background check on them?

Federal law, FCRA, requires that employers obtain written authorization from a job candidate or employee before they can obtain a background report.
As a PreEmptify customer, we take care of this process for you. With our electronic delivery of required state and city notices and consent forms. Our screening interface is functional and easy to use across all mobile devices. Consent forms can be sent by email or text.

What types of background checks are best?

There are many factors which contribute to the type of background check needed. The type of industry or the candidate’s position will help you decide. Checking criminal records at the county level is always recommended. An employer should consider obtaining a driving history if the employee will be driving for the employer. Credit checks are recommended for employees handling large amounts of cash, having access to customer credit card or company proprietary information. An employer might also need more comprehensive screening. Depending on the position, you might want to verify education and past employment history.

How long does it take to complete a background check?

Report processing times vary from one to three days. Eighty-five percent of our reports are returned same day. Variables which affect turn around time include access to criminal records at the county level. Verifying individual identifiers on possible records. Other delays occur during education verifcation. Individual institutions have different processes for  degree verifcations. The job candidate did not provide the name they used while attending school (i.e.  maiden  name versus married name.) Responsiveness of past employers can also delay results.

Other background screening companies charge a set up fee. Why don't you?

Background checks is OUR business. With Bay Area Background Checks, there is no account set up fee, monthly fee, or minimum ordering requirement.  We keep our customers by providing an exceptional experience with every single interaction.

What are pass-through fees?

Pass-through fees, are fees charged by third party suppliers from whom we obtain information. These include the department of motor vehicles and education verifiers used by many institutions. Additionally, some state courts charge fees which we cannot absorb in out package pricing. For example, the New York State Judiciary charges $95 per name searched. Because the costs of obtaining this information varies from agency to agency it is not possible to predict what the pass-through fee will be. Examples of pass through fees include:

Depending on the State, DMV charges vary from $3.50 to $25.00 on top of package price.

Third party education verifier costs vary from $14.00 to $25.00 depending on the institution and are not included in the package price.

We do our best to absorb court fees. When this is not possible, we will obtain your authorization before ordering a record search in that jurisdiction.

Are you ready to get started with Bay Area Background Checks?

What Is Resumé Fraud?

More and more potential employees are using creative license to beef up their résumés. In fact, a recent survey by Career Builder of more than 2,500 hiring managers cites that 56% have caught candidates lying on their résumés.

The most common untruth is embellishing job skills or responsibilities, while 25% of managers discovered people who claimed to be employed by a company, but never worked for them. Another 15% of managers say job seekers have reported awards they’ve never earned.

A little white lie here and there can make any candidate’s résumé look more desirable. That’s why a thorough investigative process by a background screening company can verify whether he or she really did graduate from a highly ranked college with honors.

Why Are Background Checks Necessary?

With so much at stake for your company’s reputation, you should think twice about hiring anyone these days. Don’t take their resume at face value. After all, a new candidate may be an embezzler, a drug user, have a history of workplace violence, or just not truly be qualified for a particular job.

Background checks are not only necessary, but a necessary step in the vetting process for a new candidate in any business and in any industry.

What Are The Benefits of Background Checks?

  • Weeding out undesirable candidates who may lie or falsify their work history, credentials, or criminal past.
  • Decreasing the potential legal exposure and liability affiliated with a bad hire, such as theft, embezzlement, or workplace violence.
  • Reducing the costs associated with employee turnover and re-training of staff members.
  • Improving the statistical certainty that an employer will at times hire an unqualified and undesirable candidate.
  • Decreasing the costs to your company involved in the recruitment, hiring, and training due to higher turnover.