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Sterling – Best Self-Service Background Check for 2020

I’m thrilled to share that has named Sterling as the Best Background Check Company for Self-Service for the second year in a row! In’s “Best Background Check Companies of 2020” round-up, Skye Schooley writes that SterlingNOW “is the best background check company for self-service. Its dedicated platform specializes in providing comprehensive, self-service background checks for small- to medium-size businesses. The agency provides easy account setup, self-service customizations and fast results.” You can find the full review here. We are honored, and what an auspicious way to kick off 2020.

Sterling, as you may know, has been around for over 40 years, and is a global leader in background screening and identity services. Sterling provides companies of all industries and sizes—many in the Fortune 500—with the deep industry knowledge, proprietary technology, and reliable information they need to hire with confidence. However, recognizing that smaller businesses have specific needs, in mid-2018 we launched a tailored self-service solution called SterlingNOW.

SterlingNOW allows you to order a trusted background check in minutes. Here are a few of its notable features.


There are a lot of companies out there advertising online background checks. They vary widely in how and where they search—some simply rely on a third-party database, which is a useful resource but full of gaps. SterlingNOW goes straight to the source, relying on primary data and our proprietary CourtDirect™ technology that catches what others might miss. Our systems undergo thorough quality assurance. The result is screening you can trust for important hiring decisions.


Sterling is accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). SterlingNOW is designed to help you comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Conveniently self-service:

We know you need to move quickly when you find the right candidate. With SterlingNOW you can submit your first order in minutes. No need to talk to Sales unless you want to. As Dr. Terry Johns, client and Executive Director of social services nonprofit The Refuge says, “I haven’t had a single problem. It’s very easy. If you can read and punch keys on the computer, you can do it.”


Our exclusive technology also delivers a more efficient check—we complete 90% of our criminal checks within a day.

Tailored by you, for you:

SterlingNOW has three screening packages to choose from, starting at $29.95, and you can further customize by adding features like education verification, past employment verification, and driving records.

Transparent costs:

SterlingNOW lists prices upfront and has a pay-as-you-go model (no monthly subscriptions), so you only pay for the background checks you need. Unlike other services, SterlingNOW won’t surprise you with a “setup fee” once you’ve already done the work to sign up.

The team is working hard on some additions and enhancements to launch in the coming weeks, and we’re having fun thinking about what we want to deliver in 2020. I’m feeling proud of this team and excited for what the year will bring.


This publication is for informational purposes only and nothing contained in it should be construed as legal advice. We expressly disclaim any warranty or responsibility for damages arising out this information. We encourage you to consult with legal counsel regarding your specific needs. We do not undertake any duty to update previously posted materials.

January 14th, 2020 | Matthew Gay, General Manager, Small and Mid-Sized Business

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