Services Tailored to Your Industry

Our services are optimized to help foster a foundation of trust and safety for your organization:
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Deep Expertise in Background Checks

Sterling has helped shape the background check services industry since 1975. We’ve spent decades developing deep market expertise, building powerful relationships and integrated global networks, and providing unrivaled client service which enables us to produce trusted, meaningful results.
  • 95M+
    background
    checks annually
  • 50K+
    clients globally
  • 70%
    of criminal
    searches close
    in 1 hour
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Background Check Options Designed for Impact

We are streamlining and evolving the collection and management of biometric and identity verification data across the globe, producing safer environments for employees, customers, and partners around the world. Offering one of the most extensive suites of criminal service offerings, we continue to create background check solutions that will scale with your workforce needs well into the future.

Advanced Technology

We’ve been evolving our screening technology since 2006, investing millions annually in proprietary fulfillment systems. Our unwavering focus on innovating the end-to-end background check experience with technology and best-in-class data means we deliver more informed, responsive solutions for you.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We serve clients with more informed, responsive screening solutions. Hear what our customers say about how we deliver for them:

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Sterling’s accuracy and speed is helping me fix issues and get things done fast.”
Client Services Manager
Non-Profit Healthcare Organization
With Sterling, our recruiters are able to utilize associate screening and verification services, which saves them time with a streamlined process.”
Sasha Beckett Schreiber
Manpower Service Delivery Specialist,
Manpower
I stay with Sterling because I’m getting compliance guidance, cutting-edge data, and consistently strong customer service from a partner who is in our vertical and understands what we do.”
Mark Monitello
Chief Human Resources Officer,
GoHealth
What sold us on Sterling was getting the most comprehensive coverage for criminal background checks and a strong return on our investment. We have a team of people at Sterling that we can turn to that understands us, knows what we do, and knows what we’re asking for.”
Rita Bowden
Manager of Recruitment and Workforce Planning,
Texas A&M University
Sterling was the partner that could really meet our needs, from integrating with our ATS and our HRIS to the numerous solutions they’re able to provide as a single source of services”
HR Specialist
Behavioral Healthcare Provider
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Screenshots of ID.me + Sterling demo
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Make Identity Verification a Part of Your Background Checks

Many people believe background checks automatically verify a candidate’s identity. However, most background checks rely on personal details (such as correct date of birth and full name) that are entered manually by the candidate. Errors can go undetected and lead to incorrect background check results. Sterling’s Identity Verification, powered by ID.me, bridges this gap by helping collect more accurate candidate data before you screen.
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Optimize Your Program

With 45+ years of background check experience, we offer best practice considerations that will optimize your organization's global screening program, regardless of your size and where you hire.
240+ countries and territories where we have screening capability.
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Background Checks for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Are you a small or mid-sized business running less than 100 employment background checks per year? Choose SterlingNOW’s easy, online platform and create your account in just 5 minutes. Enjoy the benefits of fast and reliable background checks from a company with deep market expertise and a focus on automation technology.
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Get Started with Sterling

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