An easier way to do
background checks.

SterlingNOW offers small businesses thorough, high-quality background checks from a global leader in screening.

Start a Background Check


Rigorous, comprehensive background checks leverage Sterling's decades of industry-leading experience.


Start in minutes. 90% of criminal background checks are complete within a day.


SterlingNOW is designed to help you comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Choose a background check that works for you.

Basic Check

$29.95Per Check

For businesses with smaller budgets, this check covers the basics. Includes a multi-state criminal database search, a sex offender registry search, and a single-county primary search.


  • Social Security Number Trace
  • Single County Criminal Record Search
  • Multi-State Instant Criminal Check with Verification
  • DOJ National Sex Offender Public Website Search

Preferred Check

$59.95Per Check

Includes all the features of Basic, and for added thoroughness extends the search to court-level records in every county where your candidate has lived in the past seven years.

Includes all the features of the Basic Check plus:

  • Federal Criminal District Search
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Terrorist Watchlist

Pro Check

$79.95Per Check

Our most comprehensive background check includes all the features of Basic and Preferred, plus Locator Select, exclusive to Sterling, which searches booking records from 3,500+ jurisdictions to add an additional layer of rigor.

Includes all the features of the Preferred Check plus:

  • 7-Year Federal District Criminal Record Search
  • Locator Select with Verification
Taxes and local fees not included.

Don’t see what you are looking for?

We offer a robust suite of screening services we can customize to your needs, from criminal background checks to workforce monitoring and robust ATS integrations.