Criminal Background Checks

Our unique blend of technology, applied by market experts, provides faster, more accurate results.
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Background Checks are Not Created Equal

Getting a complete picture of a candidate’s criminal history is often more complex than people think. At Sterling, we make it easy for you to make faster, more accurate, and safer hiring decisions through a combination of robust services, solutions, and technology that enables us to::

  • Uncover more criminal activity
  • Gain direct access to more US criminal records
  • Deliver accurate results quickly
Sterling’s Speed in Screenings
70% close in 1 hour,
90% close in 1 day
Direct Access to More Criminal Records
With CourtDirectTM, our proprietary automation technology allows Sterling to digitally access 85% of US criminal search records. And when automation isn’t available, we have our own team of court runners A court runner is a person who physically goes to court houses and transacts directly with the court clerk to obtain copies of official records held by the court. available.
More Criminal Activity Uncovered

With Sterling’s criminal locator services, we cast a wider net to identify the most likely places to search for criminal records for each candidate. Our locator services consist of three powerful locator tools:

Social Security Number Trace
SSN Trace - identifies address history associated with a Social Security Number (SSN) using an extensive database of 10,000+ sources.
Enhanced Nationwide Criminal Database
Enhanced Nationwide - searches State, County, and Corrections criminal record databases to locate additional jurisdictions where a candidate may have committed a crime.
Locator Select
Locator Select - queries over 2400 jurisdictions for bookings and incarcerations, covering most of the incarcerated population in the US, and locates additional jurisdictions where a candidate may have committed a crime.

When used together, these three locator tools
uncover tens of thousands more criminal records
than instant database searches alone.

Blending Technology With Humanity

Sterling doesn’t just use technology alone for our background check services. Our market experts use a consultative approach to apply technology in the most appropriate ways to deliver the high-quality results that our clients rely on. We evaluate data at every step of the criminal screening process, reducing the opportunity for errors to occur.

Our AI technology is designed with regulatory compliance as its foundation by applying filters to support alignment with federal and state reporting requirements. We leverage assisted Machines perform existing processes, including the replacement of repetitive and standardized tasks previously done by humans. and augmented The intersection of where humans and technology learn from each other, empowering humans to do things they couldn’t do before. intelligence because we believe humans and technology can and should continuously interact.

Our Expertise, Services, and Consultative Approach Fits Your Needs

Sterling has designed our background and identity services for today’s modern global workforce. It doesn’t matter whether an individual is an employee, independent contractor, volunteer, business executive, or otherwise. The worker represents the employer’s brand, and background screening is a critical risk mitigation tool therein, regardless of the worker’s classification.

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45 years of expertise
Robust suite of background
screening services
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screening experience

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Want to talk background checks or brainstorm about hiring solutions? Need us just to listen?

Whatever the reason, we are here to help.