The Right Solution for Your Small Business

One bad hire could put you out of business. That’s not a scare tactic- it’s simply the truth. More small business owners are realizing that conducting background checks on job applicants is just good business, but there’s no denying that the process can seem daunting.

That’s where EBI SimpleScreen comes in. This product was created solely to address small businesses unique needs. The entire process is fast, easy and paperless



This is a basic screening package and considered the minimum for candidate screening. It is most often used for entry level positions where employees have limited access to corporate assets, have no supervisory responsibilities, do not visit customer sites, are regularly supervised, and do not have access to children, the elderly or other vulnerable segments of the population.

Social Security Number Trace

National Criminal Database Search of more than 400 million records
Includes National Sex Offender Registry, Healthcare & Financial Sanctions and Terrorist Watch List

County Criminal Records Search


This screening package expands upon Essential Screening with an increased focus on illegal and sanctioned activity. It is designed for entry to mid-level workers who hold significant responsibility in the organization, often work independently or supervise others, have access to corporate assets, and may visit customer sites.

Screening Essentials PLUS:

In-Depth Criminal Search of all counties where the candidate has lived in the last 7 years

 Global Homeland Security Plus Check of 120+ U.S. and non-U.S. sanction and watch lists


Our most comprehensive package is designed for senior-level workers who help define and execute company strategy, exercise broad decision-making authority, and represent the company to the public. In addition to an in-depth check of criminal and sanction history, this package provides a broader view of candidate qualifications and is often needed to confirm a match with job description requirements.

Enhanced Screening PLUS:

Education Verification of Candidate’s Highest Degree

Verification of Candidate’s Most Recent Employment




About EBI's Simple Screen Products

Social Security Number Trace

Our Social Security Number Trace is the crucial first step for identifying residential history, aliases, and other key data points in order to complete the most extensive and thorough background check.

National Criminal Records Search

EBI recommends this search as a tool for uncovering criminal offenses that occurred outside of the areas where the applicant has lived or not identified by the SSN Trace based on your search criteria.

EBI's National Criminal Record Database Search (NCRD) searches nearly one billion offense records in this instant, 50-state, multi-jurisdictional search.  The database is a compilation of criminal records, information from municipal, circuit, district and superior court repositories, as well as the Department of Corrections, the FBI, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Custom, the DEA, Secret Service and the Department of Justice.

Also Included in this search:

  • 50-state sex offender registry information
  • Healthcare Sanctions
  • Financial Sanctions
  • Terrorist watch lists
  • OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control)

County Criminal Records Search

EBI’s County Criminal Record Searches check records at both the misdemeanor and felony levels.  This search is the most in-depth way to get accurate and timely results.  EBI has a vast team of records professionals who go directly to the source.  They conduct in-person searches at courthouses in all US jurisdictions, including territories. 

This search helps look beyond a candidate's residential history.  With just a name and date of birth, investigators are able to locate offenses across the country.  County Criminal Records Searches are the gold standard for any complete background check. Our team makes sure the information you receive is confirmed and reported in full compliance of the FCRA.

Global Homeland Security

EBI provides a search of more than 120 separate U.S. and foreign sanctions and watch lists to ensure compliance with the U.S. Patriot Act. With the threat of global terrorism and international crime at an all-time high, access to information tracked by a wide range of federal and international sources will aid in a complete and comprehensive background screening program.  

We access some of the most comprehensive sources for government watch, debarment and exclusionary lists.  Many federal regulations require a search of excluded party or person lists for proper compliance and further due diligence outside of the United States.

Here is a partial list of the government sources:

  • OFAC Specifically Designated Nationals (SDN) & Blocked Persons

  • OFAC Sanctioned Countries, including Major Cities & Ports

  • Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories

  • Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties

  • U.S Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA)

  • Unverified Entities List, Denied Entities List and Denied Persons List

  • FBI Most Wanted Terrorists & Seeking Information

  • FBI Top Ten Most Wanted

  • INTERPOL Most Wanted List

  • Bank of England Sanctions List

  • OSFI – Canadian Sanctions List

  • United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List

  • Politically Exposed Persons List

  • European Union Terrorist List

  • World Bank Ineligible Firms

Education Verification

An EBI Verifications Specialist contacts each educational institution to verify the candidate's supplied information, including attendance dates, Major, GPA and Degree. Each report is designed with a side-by-side comparison of candidate's supplied information and source information.

This product may be added to Essential or Enhanced Package for verification of highest education degree earned. $XX.XX

Employment Verification

An EBI Employment Verifications Specialist performs an in-depth, detailed and confidential verification of your candidate's employment. Each report is designed with a side-by-side comparison of candidate's supplied information and source information.

Employment, Single – May be added to Essential or Enhanced Package for verification of most recent employment. $XX.XX

Employment, 7 years – May be added to Any Package for verification of employment during the prior seven years. $XX.XX; Maximum of three.

Driving Record

Driving records are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and internationally.  Instant MVRs are available in the majority of states.

As a best practice, a Driving Record Search should be added for any position where driving on company business is a job duty; provides the applicant’s driver’s license status and history of violations as held by the state of license issuance. Not available in [list states]. $XX.XX plus state motor vehicle agency surcharge**

Federal Criminal Search

A record check in the federal district of current residence providing criminal history based on violation of federal law. These federal violations will not appear in county and state records. $XX.XX

Professional License Verification

Our licensing verification service reports on appropriate credentials for any type of professional license and notes any sanctions.  License verifications may include medical licensing, certified public accountants (CPA), attorney licensing, engineering and real estate to name a few.  This service will validate the following:

  • Records on validity and accuracy of applicant’s license

  • Disciplinary actions taken

  • Date of issue

    • Renewal and expiration dates

    • Status of license

    • Other information provided by an institution (information will vary on type of licensed under review)

A best practice is to add a professional license verification for any position where a professional license is required, such as CPA or attorney. Provides current license status, history of violations, and expiration date if applicable.


What To Expect During Registration

During registration, you will need to:
  • Upload a copy of business document showing the legal status of your business (such as articles of incorporation)
  • Upload a document showing your physical address (such as a recent utility bill or lease agreement)
  • Provide two business references (bank, supplier, client, etc.)
  • Authorize a one-time charge of $XX.XX to establish your account.

When you place an order for background screening:

  • You will use our online portal and your candidate may also use the portal.
  • A background check authorization form signed by the applicant must be provided.
  • You will see cost before you submit the order. Once submitted, orders cannot be canceled or refunded.

You will not be able to:

  • Order a background check on yourself
  • Order a background check on another person for any purpose other than employment
  • Share or resell background checks to anyone outside your business
  • Receive credit information as part of a background check
  • Include drug tests as part of a background check

An Important Legal Message

Background screening for employment is regulated by federal, state, and local laws. EBI’s SimpleScreen is set up to keep you compliant and reduce your legal headaches, but it is important that you understand how to use the information legally. Users of consumer reports must comply with all requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (Do we want to do a hyper link here to an FCRA page??) as well as other applicable state and local laws. The FCRA provides that any person who knowingly and willfully obtains information on a consumer from a Consumer Reporting Agency under false pretenses shall be fined under Title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.