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

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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

Easily customize any background check with add-ons.

Driver's Check$9.95
Education Verification$19.95
Employment Verification$19.95
Taxes and local fees not included.

Take a closer look at SterlingNOW.

Create an account in no time

Create an account in no time

Our self-service website is ready when you are. No sales calls or setup fees. Order your first background check in minutes.

Run a check you can trust

Run a check you can trust

Sterling uses exclusive technology and thorough, multi-step processes that deliver trusted results, catching issues that can that can fall through the cracks otherwise.

Stick to the rules

Stick to the rules

Regulations are constantly changing at the federal, state, and local levels. SterlingNOW is designed to help you comply with the FCRA.

Pay as you go

Pay as you go

SterlingNOW is flexible to your needs. Pay just for the background checks you order, with no additional setup fees or costly subscriptions.

Get results quickly

Get results quickly

90% of criminal background checks are complete within 24 hours. Conveniently manage reports in an intuitive dashboard.

SterlingNOW is from Sterling, which has proudly served clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies for over 40 years.

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.