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Background Screening

Avoid Another Hiring Mistake With Better Background Screenings

Wolfe offers your company timely and accurate background screenings so you know who you are hiring before you hire them. With over 30 years of exceptional employer solutions, Wolfe can ensure the person you hire is a person you can trust.

At Wolfe, we know that one background screening package doesn’t fit every industry or every position within an industry. That’s why we offer custom packages and pricing built specifically for your organization. Let’s create the custom background screening program that works best for your company.

About Our Pre-employment Background Screening

When you use Wolfe for pre-employment background checks, you will receive a credit report that contains the following information:

  • Payment history
  • Any incurred debts, such as credit card debt, mortgage, vehicle payments, and student loans.
  • A list of all active accounts and credit lines
  • Name, address, and social security number verification
  • Recent work experience (Not all work history is accessible or included in a credit report.)


Identity verification ensures that your applicant is who they claim to be.

In 2016, identity theft hit an all-time high. According to new Javelin Strategy & Research studies, an estimated 15.4 million consumers were affected by some form of identity theft. That means nearly one in every sixteen adults in the United States has been a victim of identity theft in the last year.

What does this mean for your company? You should be assured as an employer that you know exactly who you’re recruiting. It guarantees that job applicants are truthful and honest about their backgrounds, and it is critical to verify their identities.

Each screening package in Wolfe includes built-in identity verification, so you can be confident that your applicant is who they claim to be.

Identification Services

Social Security Validation with Address Tracking

Trace of an applicant's Social Security Number for all alias names and address history. This ensures your search is thorough and accurate.

Motor Vehicle Driving Records Search

Wolfe can pull motor vehicle records from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. Both domestic standard and CDL searches may be returned instantly. Driver historical information and state access fees will vary by state.

I-9 Verification

Our I-9 team compares information from your new employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to verify that your new employee is authorized to work in the United States.

Criminal Record Screening

Verifications Services

Employment Verification

Wolfe has a professional staff that can obtain employment verifications at any level, both domestic and international.

DOT Employment Verification

Wolfe has a professional staff that can obtain employment verifications at any level, both domestic and international. Required DOT questions are included to cover accidents, failed drug tests, refusal of drug tests.

Education Verification

The professional referencing team at Wolfe can obtain education verifications from GED and high school to the highest level.

Reference Verification

Using a standard or customized questionnaire, we can also verify the credentials of any professional or personal reference.

Professional License Verification

This search is critical when a particular professional designation is claimed and is necessary for job performance, job description, or credibility. Wolfe can verify and validate the status of a license in any state. We attempt to verify the applicant's license, certification or credentials, the date of issue, expiration date and status with the issuing authority, as well as the verifier name, title, and website information.

Credit Report

Credit records are searched for a history of financial activity such as public records (including bankruptcy), collection, late payment history, positive payment history, inquiries on both credit and employment, and general account information. This service is recommended for any potential employee who will have financial or money-handling responsibilities.

Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) Search

Search records containing adverse actions against individuals and entities, including sanctions, letters of reprimand, and probation in healthcare fields. This search scans more than 800 sources in 50 states.

Industry Specific Sanction Report

This customized service provides a thorough search of current sanctions and debarments customized to your industry and associations. These may include results from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the National Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), General Services Administration (GSA), and other sources.

National Alias Report

This report compiles results including Criminal records, Social Security Verification, National Sex Offender Registry Search Results, and 100s of additional search sources. Wolfe does not provide this as a stand-alone product, but it is valuable in conjunction with a more thorough county or statewide search.

County Criminal Record Search

County records are searched in real time and are obtained from the local county courthouses.

Federal District Court Search

Federal records are hand-searched from the US District courts for convictions from charges brought by the US Government.

National Sex Offender Registry Search

This service screens records of offenders who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. This is a search of all 50 states, The District of Columbia and Native American Territories.

Government/Terror Watchlists

The Government/Terror Watchlist is a database search of the National Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Terror watchlists (including FBI and Interpol most-wanted lists).

International Criminal Searches

Wolfe offers comprehensive background history checks and criminal record searches from around the world including but not limited to Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America and North America.

Criminal Activity Monitoring Program

Wolfe offers a system to detect criminal activity by current employees. This automated daily, monthly, or annual criminal activity monitoring service can protect you from undue risk and liability. It performs recurring automated searches of nationwide criminal databases, cross-referenced to employee data. It is an easy, affordable way to uncover such records regularly without ordering repeated background checks each month. It is also an excellent tool for organizations that have a volunteer force.

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Background Screening FAQ's

What Information Does an Employment Background Check Reveal?

People frequently question what exactly appears on a background check. Because there are multiple sets of records and data to pull from, the answer is that it depends on the sort of search you order. A background check for employment may provide education confirmation, criminal records, driver's history, credit history, employment verifications, identification verification, and other information.

Employers collect a lot of information to analyze a candidate's character and prevent them from making the wrong hire. Continue reading to discover how an employer background screening helps in the hiring process, what they may reveal, and why they are important.

Why is it Important What a Background Check Reveals?

The ramifications of making the wrong hire are overwhelming. According to a recent CareerBuilder poll (1), nearly 27 percent of U.S. companies reported that single bad hiring cost their company more than $50,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the cost of hiring the wrong person might amount to at least 30% of the individual's first-year wages. This can easily approach tens of thousands of dollars depending on the position's wage rate. Why are these costs so high? Termination costs. Replacing a person you hired can also be costly; you'll most likely need to supply orientation services, employment tests, training courses, and other services.  The cost of litigation and legal fees, if the employee chooses to sue you.

Employers collect a lot of information to analyze a candidate's character and prevent them from making the wrong hire. Continue reading to discover how an employer background screening helps in the hiring process, what they may reveal, and why they are important.

So, how do modern business owners gain a more thorough picture of their job candidates to prevent disastrous hiring decisions?

Employers may use various pre-employment screening services when making a hiring decision. What appears on a background screening will vary depending on which service is used:

A typical background screening provider may have access to a multitude of information, such as license verification and military records. Although thorough, these packaged services are typically time-consuming and expensive, forcing small business owners to pay for extensive background checks that may or may not be needed.

Online people searches are a type of do-it-yourself background check that displays public information found online. Employers can use a search engine to look up a job candidate's name and see what comes up on social media sites or business pages. While these searches are typically free, the information they contain may be out of context, outdated, or untrustworthy.

Wolfe provides dependable, trustworthy, and comprehensive pre-employment screening to help you get a better image of your job candidate. You will have access to criminal reports, credit history, and identity verification with our low-cost employment background checks, allowing you to confirm your hiring decision and determine if your application fulfills your criteria.

What exactly is an Employment Background Screening?

You can look at a few different types of employment background screens. Let's take a look at those now.

Verification of Social Security Numbers and Identity

An employer background screening for employment can reveal whether or not a Social Security number is authentic. It will show who it belongs to and if it's been used in the past by checking comprehensive databases such as the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records.

Online identity checks can also be used to validate an address. This information can then be compared to the information provided by a job candidate to uncover inconsistencies.

Credit History

Credit bureaus compile information from a range of sources to create credit reports. For example, banking organizations and Credit card firms provide data to credit bureaus. These credit bureaus keep records of consumers.

Although credit reporting agencies may not always contain the same information, the following common kinds of information appear on a background check:

  • Credit Inquiries
  • Name, date of birth, address, and other personal information
Requests for Credit

Employment credit reports include a history of credit inquiries. This will identify lenders, financial institutions, and shops who have requested a consumer's credit report.

This could include the account's opening date, the kind of account (credit card, auto loan, mortgage, etc.), the loan amount, or credit limit. It will have the current balance of the account and the borrower's payment history.

Credit reports may contain previous bankruptcies.

Credit reports can disclose several possible red flags in an applicant, especially if your new job will be managing money daily. High amounts of debt or excessive asset spending may indicate financial irresponsibility.

Criminal History

The information revealed by a criminal background check may protect business owners by disclosing a history of criminal convictions.

Criminal background checks for employment may reveal crimes committed at the federal, state, and county.

Among the several infractions that may be reported are:

  • Dismissed Charges
  • Acquitted Charges
  • Convictions for felonies
  • Convictions for misdemeanors
  • Charges that are currently pending


Employers should exercise caution when evaluating the results of this type of background check for employment.

Employers may require additional information from their candidates and request more information on their background checks for employment, depending on the type of job they are searching for. Further searches include drug screening, reference checks, education verification, work history, and motor vehicle and driving records.