Check Service for Very Small Business

After much research and analysis of employee background check services, we recommend GoodHire as the best background check service for very small businesses. We chose GoodHire from a pool of the dozens of background check services we considered. To read our full methodology and for a more comprehensive list of background check services, visit our best picks roundup page here. If you’re still trying to get an understanding of what kind of background check service you need, check out our guide on how to choose a background check service.

Why GoodHire?

GoodHire offers three levels of background checks that can be purchased on an individual basis. It has an easy-to-use online portal and provides outstanding customer service.

Services and Cost

Out of all of the background check services we examined, GoodHire had some of the most affordable prices for the services provided. The company offers three different background check plans, as well as add-on services that can be tacked on to each package.

What makes GoodHire so appealing to very small businesses is that background checks can be ordered one at a time and there is no minimum amount that must be purchased. Here is a breakdown of the company’s plans:

Basic

  • Cost: $29.99 per report:
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search and a sex-offender list check.

Standard

  • Cost: $54.99 per report
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search, a sex-offender list check, a domestic terrorist watchlist check and a seven-year county criminal court check for up to three counties. (County court searches are conducted in person.)

Premium

  • Cost: $79.99 per report
  • Includes: A social security number trace and address locator for that social security number, a national criminal database search, a sex-offender list check, a domestic terrorist watchlist check, a seven-year county criminal court check for up to three counties, and employee and education verifications. (County court searches are conducted in person.)

Add-on services

  • Motor vehicle records check: $14.99 each
  • Drug screening: $59.99 to $74.99 each. Test for the use of amphetamines, phencyclidine, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, methaqualone and propoxyphene.
  • Employment credit reports: $14.99 each. GoodHire representatives call the employers listed on a resume to verify employment dates, the position candidates held and their salaries.
  • Education verification: $14.99 each. This validates school attendance, major and degrees received.
  • Professional license verification: $14.99 each. Verifies an applicant’s professional license and whether the license is in good standing.
  • Global terrorist watchlist check: $14.99 each. This is an expanded most-wanted search to international criminal and terrorist databases.