Background Check Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need consent from the person I am ordering a background check on?

Yes. Background checks require the authorization of the search subject.  The authorization form can be found here in our authorization form library.  This form needs to be completed and emailed to   back to top

How long does a background check take?

The results from most of our packages are typically returned same day to 24 hours after ordering.  In situations where we find data that requires us to send a researcher to a courthouse to physically validate the findings before we can finalize the report, extra processing time is required.  Additionally, verification of employment and education can be delayed if the contacted entity is unresponsive.  We will make multiple attempts to validate references.   back to top

Do your background check packages comply with U.S. regulations

Yes. All of our background check packages comply with the FCRA and other regulations pertaining to our industry. 

The FCRA governs more than just credit reports.  If you are using criminal or civil records as part of your decision making criteria criteria then you must ensure that those records comply with the FCRA.  Compliance with applicable federal regulations is the highest priority for Global.  If you rely only on database search results and do not validate the findings with a court search, you are not in compliance with the FCRA.  Non-compliance with the FCRA results in significant penalties through class action lawsuits.   back to top

How much does a background check cost?

Our background check packages range in prices and can be customized to suit your needs.  For more on our pricing, please visit our online store.   back to top

What type of information does a background check find?

The information found varies depending upon what search is ordered and who the search subject is.  Generically, background checks can find information relating to criminal history, civil records, consumer credit history, academic history, employer history, and more.  For more information on the specific searches included in our background check packages and what they can uncover, visit our online store.    back to top

When should I order a background check for an employee or prospective tenant?

The legal answer to this question varies by what city, county or state you are hiring the applicant in.  Please refer to this regulatory guide for employers and landlords for more information related to this topic.   back to top