PSI offers world-wide pre-employment screening services for individuals and organizations. We provide far more than background checks, and our services can be customized to fit your needs.

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Choosing a Custom Package

At PSI, it’s our mission to ensure that our clients receive a quality product specific to their needs, with accurate information they feel confident relying upon. If you did not find the perfect screening package for your organization on our Common Packages page, then you’re right where you need to be. We understand wanting to add on other options, and that’s why we made it possible to customize your packages. This allows you to choose which of the background check searches are most valuable to you and your organization. Find out more about each individual service below. If you have any questions regarding these screening services, please contact us, and we’ll put you in touch with a professional who can serve your needs.  

Background Screening Services

At PSI, every background investigation goes through a quality control process whereby each and every part of the background investigation is evaluated for accuracy and any errors and/or omissions. By combining technology and personal attention, PSI is able to provide its clients with a background investigation they can feel confident relying upon.

One aspect of PSI that sets them apart is their unique online individuals/organizations driven background screening component. This is an online facilitator for organizations, colleges and universities, whereby an individual submits the required information and payment for their background investigation at PSI’s website. The applicant, organization and college or university can then login with a designated security code and obtain the results of the background investigation. In addition, an individual can order a background investigation on themselves to determine what information is available and reportable to potential employers before applying for employment.

Bankruptcy, Liens, and Judgments

Professional Screening & Information (PSI) can perform a nationwide search of public filings for any bankruptcies including Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13; property tax liens such as state, county and federal liens; small claims and municipal judgments. Additionally, property notices of default and foreclosures are included where available.

Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV)

Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) was developed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2002 to protect the interests of businesses in verifying the identities of the employees and consumers that they are working with.  Through our partnership with ID Validation, PSI provides CBSV in a timely and efficient manner to help your business operate smoothly.  CBSV provides instantaneous results direct from the SSA Master File and Death Index.  With applications in background, employment, tenant and HR Management this search can help you ensure that you know who you are dealing with in an employment or consumer relationship.  Please contact PSI today to let us provide you with your CBSV solution.

County Criminal History

The county criminal history is the most accurate information you can obtain, contingent upon knowing which county to search. Even when you have a person's county of residence, it is still not a fool proof search. A crime may have been committed in another county or state. PSI offers its clients timely access to any of the county courts in the United States. PSI will search felony and/or misdemeanor records, where available.

In accordance with the Consumer Reporting Employment Clarification Act of 1998 we will not be able to provide certain information to our clients to be in compliance with 605(a)(5). The following is a summary of services that have been restricted from dissemination:

(A) Civil suits, civil judgments, records of arrest, paid tax liens, bad debts and any other adverse item of information, except criminal convictions may only be reported for seven (7) years, ten (10) years for bankruptcy.

(B) "Records of convictions of crimes" are exempted from the seven (7) year rule. Consumer reports on individuals expected to earn more than $75,000.00 per year continue to be exempt from all the time limitations.

PSI will continue to report all information found on records for 7 years. However, we will only report felonies and misdemeanors older than 7 years in states allowing the dissemination of such information in order to remain in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contingent upon county repositories, prices are subject to change without notice. In some cases, prices may be reduced.

Credit Report

A credit report reveals a persons credit history, including paying habits, judgments, liens, bankruptcies, as well as previous addresses, prior employment, any variations in their Social Security Number, and any possible aliases used. A credit report is useful in determining financial responsibility, money management, and the possibility of wage garnishment by state or federal tax authorities. For employment purposes only, accessing an applicant's credit record will not reflect on their credit report inquiries and will not affect their risk score.

Drug Screening

At PSI we recognize drug testing has become an important safety issue in the workplace for Human Resources and Safety Professionals. We provide a comprehensive list of services for regulated and non-regulated employers and we will work with you to customize a drug testing program to meet your company’s specific needs.

Our list of drug screening services include:

Types of Tests:

  • Urine
  • Hair Follicle
  • Saliva
  • Alcohol Testing

Key Features:

  • Electronic Chain of Custody Form
  • Medical Review (MRO) Services
  • Collection Site Management
  • Results included in a single report along with pre-employment screening results
  • Cost included in invoice with your other PSI services
  • Onsite services and instant test products also available

Regulated Employers:

Comprehensive drug screening program designed for employers regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) including:

  • DOT Drug Test
  • DOT Alcohol Test
  • DOT Physical Exams
  • Random Program Management
  • 24/7 Emergency Post-Accident Services
  • Compliant with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drug Screening Requirements

Education Verification

The academic institution is contacted for verification of the highest degree obtained or verification of the most significant academic event reported by the applicant, unless otherwise specified by the client. If you prefer, we will contact all academic institutions listed by the applicant. In addition, we will search the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) database to check for accreditation.

Some academic institutions charge a fee to access their records. These fees generally range from $2.50 to $20.00. For your convenience, we will itemize any additional fees, per applicant, on your invoice.

FDA Debarment List

The United States Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation. The FDA maintains a list of firms or persons debarred pursuant to the debarment provisions (Sections 306(a) and (b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and as published in the Federal Register.

Federal District Court Civil History

The federal civil court verification will search records of federal district courts to locate any civil litigation involving a particular individual or business. In most cases, the results include the names of the plaintiff and defendant, date filed, type of action and the current status or disposition.

Federal District Court Criminal History

This search is of federal district court repositories for criminal conviction information. Criminal felony and misdemeanor cases involving federal law are filed with the U.S. District Courts.

Examples of federal criminal cases may include bank robbery, embezzlement and tax evasion. Response may include defendant, case number, file date, charges and disposition or current status.

In accordance with the Consumer Reporting Employment Clarification Act of 1998 we will not be able to provide certain information to our clients to be in compliance with 605(a)(5). The following is a summary of services that have been restricted from dissemination:

  • (A) Civil suits, civil judgments, records of arrest, paid tax liens, bad debts and any other adverse item of information, except criminal convictions may only be reported for seven (7) years, ten (10) years for bankruptcy.
  • (B) "Records of convictions of crimes" are exempted from the seven (7) year rule. Consumer reports on individuals expected to earn more than $75,000.00 per year continue to be exempt from all the time limitations.

PSI will continue to report all information found on records for 7 years. However, we will only report felonies and misdemeanors older than 7 years in states allowing the dissemination of such information to remain in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

SAM Exclusion List Search

The United States System for Award Management (SAM) oversees contracts with the Federal government. SAM maintains a list of parties excluded from doing business with the Federal government, including healthcare programs receiving Federal funding or reimbursement. Most SAM excluded parties are vendors or corporations, but some may be individuals with their own businesses. While this list is included in FACIS, it can also be searched independently.

HHS/OIG - List of Excluded Individuals/Entities Search

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a list of sanctioned individuals. Most OIG Sanction reports pertain to individuals such as a specific practitioner. While this list is included in FACIS, it can also be searched independently.

International Education Verification

PSI provides verification of attendance and degrees received at educational institutions around the world.  Through our strategic partnership with our international vendors we are able to provide timely and cost effective verifications in a multitude of countries.  Contact us today to find out more about our international service offerings.

International Employment Verification

PSI provides verification of employment at companies from around the world.  Through our strategic partnership with our international vendors we are able to provide timely and cost effective verifications in a multitude of countries.  Contact us today to find out more about our international service offerings.

International Criminal History

International criminal histories are available for countries throughout Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. The applicant information required for the search varies by country. The information is obtained differently in each country, but typically it is through the courts, police records and/or the prosecutor's office. International criminal searches conducted in Europe comply with European data privacy laws.

Motor Vehicle Report

This report includes verification of driver's license status and expiration date in all 50 States, to include the District of Columbia. Records of accidents and violations are also provided. This report is based on records from state Department of Motor Vehicle bureaus and typically includes three to seven years of history, depending on the state.

Media Search

This is a comprehensive name search through various proprietary databases to access thousands of news sources, to include newspapers, trade magazines, professional journals, articles, transcripts from television and radio interviews, and many other print media sources. The results of this search can include publication of awards and other achievements by the applicant, or references to criminal activity, business disputes, or other potentially derogatory information. This search is conducted by a trained PSI staff member who manually shifts through various news sources to locate the information you are looking for and provide it to you in an easy to read format. Generally, we are able to provide the publication, date of publication, section, headline, byline, and full text of publication.

Military History Verification

PSI can provide verification of whether or not a person has served in any branch of the United States Military. Information verified includes branch of military, dates of enlistment and type of discharge as well as any additional information available in the applicant’s Official Military Personnel File. This is particularly important because applicants will sometimes try to hide the fact that they have served in the military if they received anything other than an honorable discharge. The turnaround time for this search can range from 1 to 2 weeks.

National Insurance Producer Registry Search

PSI can verify your agents through the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) Producer Database on your behalf.  The NIPR Producer Database (PDB) houses information on insurance producers from participating states and is updated on a timely basis by the state insurance departments.  This database also includes data from the Regulatory Information Retrieval System (RIRS) to provide a more comprehensive producer profile.  The key benefits of this search are:

  •          Increased productivity, less cost
  •          Reduction or elimination of paper
  •          Real time information
  •          National verification of license and status
  •          Single source of data vs. multiple web sites
  •          All licensing and appointment information is on a single report, whether licensed in one state or all states.

Please contact us today to find out more about this service.

National Practitioner Data Bank

Legislation that led to the creation of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was enacted because the U.S. Congress believed the increasing occurrence of medical malpractice litigation and the need to improve the quality of medical care had become a nationwide problem that warranted greater efforts than any individual state could undertake. The intent of the NPDB is to improve the quality of health care by encouraging State licensing boards, hospitals and other health care entities, and professional societies to identify and discipline those who engage in unprofessional behavior and to restrict the ability of incompetent physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners to move from State to State without disclosure or discovery of previous medical malpractice payment and any adverse action history. Adverse actions can involve licensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and exclusions from Medicare and Medicaid.

The NPDB is primarily an alert or flagging system intended to facilitate a comprehensive review of health care practitioners' professional credentials. The information contained in the NPDB is intended to direct discrete inquiry into, and scrutiny of, specific areas of a practitioner's licensure, professional society memberships, medical malpractice payment history, and record of clinical privileges. The information contained in the NPDB should be considered together with other relevant data in evaluating a practitioner's credentials. It is intended to augment, not replace, traditional forms of credential review.

National Sex Offender Search

Negligent hiring lawsuits are often brought against employers whose employees have committed sexual crimes. Employers are responsible for their employees' actions and can be found liable if they did not conduct a proper background investigation. Checking an applicant's background exhibits due diligence in the hiring process. Most importantly, it helps protect customers and other employees from harm.

Convicted sex offenders should register with their states upon release from prison and should update their registry information every time they move, for a minimum of 10 years, or more in some states. Some crimes require offenders to register for life. Offenders who register using false information or who do not register are subject to criminal proceedings and punishments.

This search is added at no cost as a value added service for every background investigation we conduct.

OFAC - List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons

A search of The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) contains the names of foreign nationals whom the United States government currently has sanctions against. Persons on this list include known terrorists and narcotic traffickers.

This search is added at no cost as a value added service for every background investigation we conduct.

Organizational Membership

PSI offers organizational membership verification services to its clients. This service includes membership verification of most private and public organizations. We can also verify past memberships that may not be active at the current time.

Personal Declaration

The personal declaration was designed for our police academy and law enforcement clients. The personal declaration is processed as part of your completed background investigation at no cost as a value added service.

Professional License and Certification

If your business is related to a field where specialized licenses are required, PSI can assist in verifying that an applicant not only possesses the license, but that the license is in good standing. PSI’s professional license and certification verification is performed on a wide variety of state issued as well as professional organization issued professional licenses for nurses, doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, insurance agents, and many other professionals.

Proprietary Records Search

Our Proprietary Record Search is unique in that it will provide public records on any individual ever entered into our database. This search is conducted on every applicant. The Proprietary Records Search has proven to be an invaluable service to our clients; as applicants are generally indigenous, they typically gain (or attempt to gain) employment within a specific geographical location. It is not uncommon for an applicant to apply for a job at one location and go across town or to an adjoining county or state and apply for a similar position. We are able to provide our clients with the results of past public records as a value added service.

This search is added at no cost as a value added service to every background investigation.

References: Employment, Social Acquaintance, and/or Neighbor

One of our courteous staff members will contact the applicant's employers, social acquaintance(s), and/or neighbor references, via telephone, to gain insight into the applicants behavior, personal characteristics, stability, work habits, and ability to work and get along with others. We match responses to questions supplied by the applicant with information obtained from the employers, social acquaintance(s) and neighbor references. In addition, specific questions are asked of each reference for consistency in the background investigation process.

Some businesses employ online companies that provide automated employment information, which charge minimal database access fees. These fees generally range from $6.00 to $20.00. For your convenience, we will itemize any additional fees, per applicant, on your invoice.

Social Security Number Trace

Conducting a Social Security Number Trace is the first line of defense against applicant fraud. We attempt to confirm the number provided by the applicant prior to performing any other searches to avoid the inconvenience and expense of performing unnecessary searches with an incorrect Social Security Number. This is an important first step in the background investigation process since the first thing we do, if provided this option by the client, is to determine if the person we are investigating is who they say they are.

State Criminal History

A search of the state's criminal records repository, this search reveals convictions noting date of charge, type, pleas, and disposition, including any time served, fines, and probation information. Available information varies from state to state. It is always recommended that a county criminal history search be conducted in addition to the state criminal history. State repositories are reliant upon each county to submit their criminal records. Not all states make their criminal records available to the public for a statewide search. For those that do make their records available, it may be for felonies only and not to exceed seven years. This is contingent from state to state. In some cases a signed consent form is required and additional court fees may apply.

In accordance with the Consumer Reporting Employment Clarification Act of 1998 we will not be able to provide certain information to our clients to be in compliance with 605(a)(5). The following is a summary of services that have been restricted from being disseminated:

(A) Civil suits, civil judgments, records of arrest, paid tax liens, bad debts and any other adverse item of information, except criminal convictions may only be reported for seven (7) years, ten (10) years for bankruptcy.

(B) "Records of convictions of crimes" are exempted from the seven (7) year rule. Consumer reports on individuals expected to earn more than $75,000.00 per year continue to be exempt from all the time limitations.

PSI will continue to report all information found on records for 7 years. However, we will only report felonies and misdemeanors older than 7 years in states allowing the dissemination of such information to remain in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

State Civil Court History

The state civil court verification will search records of state court general jurisdiction(s) and lesser courts to locate any civil litigation involving a particular individual or business. In most cases, the results include the names of the plaintiff and defendant, date filed, type of action and the current status or disposition.

PSI offers the capability and access to verify employment through FACIS

PSI has partnered with Verisys to provide our clients access to the Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS).  This is a current and historical database of sanctions, exclusions, debarments and disciplinary actions from thousands of unique sources for all provider types at federal and state levels.  Our partnership with Verisys offers you access to this database which is the most comprehensive sanctions database available to identify sanctioned individuals and entities.   Service offerings include searches for pre-employment background checks and ongoing sanction list screening and monthly monitoring.

Please contact us today to find out more about this service.