It’s pretty simple – you’ve found a great candidate for your business and now you want to get more details about all the positive things you’ve learned about him or her. Checking someone’s background is a smart idea to help protect your business, brand and reputation. And you can get started in three easy steps!

Sign Up for Service

Select a Report & Order

Review Your Results

Background Direct is a simple yet powerful online service that lets you quickly create an account and order background reports. Tell us about yourself and your business, digitally sign to accept the terms and conditions, and provide a one-time set-up fee.

When you conduct a background check with a vendor such as First Advantage, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires us to make sure you have a real reason to obtain background information. So, we will ask you to verify the purpose during account setup, and we will need to ask you for a few pieces of information to make sure you are a legitimate business and not a computer or a bad guy. In addition, you are legally required to obtain consent from your applicant stating that it’s okay for you to check their background.Don’t worry - we’ve got a sample of the form they’ll need to sign right here. It’s recommended to review this sample and the consent requirements with your qualified legal counsel.



Make Sure You’re Following the Rules

The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the collection, dissemination and use of consumer information, including consumer credit information. When using consumer information for employment purposes – such as hiring, firing or promoting an individual – businesses have several responsibilities to fulfill as required by the FCRA:

1. Obtain consent from the individual via a clear and conspicuous disclosure and written authorization.

2. Notify the applicant or consumer when an adverse action (including, but not limited to, terminating employment, or denying employment or promotion, etc.) is taken on the basis of such reports.

3. Identify the company that provided the report, so that the accuracy and completeness of the report may be verified or contested by the applicant or consumer.

To help you with these steps, you can download sample communications below for your convenience in complying with FCRA employment screening requirements.