Background Investigations

With Protus3, you get customized service at a reasonable price.


Background investigation policies are essential in today’s business environment. A thorough background investigation process attracts higher quality applicants, discourages applicants with something to hide, provides better information for hiring decisions, reduces liability, and provides a safer work environment. Background investigations should be tailored to the position and should begin with a basic investigation aimed at confirming the information provided by the applicant and uncovering information that might adversely affect the hiring decision. Protus3 conducts thorough pre-employment background investigations for a variety of clients.

Price Per Search

SSN verification and address search plus criminal indicators $33.00
SSN verification and address search $11.00
Verification of past employment (per employment) $20.00 plus any fees
Interviews of listed personal references (per reference) $10.00
National Sex Offender Registry check $5.00
Criminal record search (varies by jurisdiction, does not include Delaware) $15.50 plus jurisdiction fee
Verification of highest point of education $15.50 plus any fees
Credit report (no score) $57.50
Federal records search (criminal, civil, bankruptcy, and appellate) $18.00
Driving record (online or electronic) $11.00 plus state fee
Driving record (via mail) $21.00 plus state fee
Internet and social media search (basic or customized) $125.00 and up

What information is included in a good, general background investigation?

  • Verification of Social Security Number and address history
  • Verification of past employment and employment references
  • Interviews of listed personal references
  • National Sex Offender Registry check
  • Criminal record search in all locations of residence for the past ten years

Additional searches should be conducted based on the position or type of job

  • Verification of highest point of education
  • Driving record
  • Credit report
  • Federal records search (criminal, civil, bankruptcy, and appellate)

The process begins with the employment application, resume, and signed release form. An initial report is typically provided within three business days, depending on the information requested.

Download a copy of this pricing guide here.

What Our Customers Say

We have always used some type of applicant screening process, and looked at it as if it was a necessary evil. Online screening tools did get the “due diligence” boxed check off in the hiring process. However, after several revolving door type hires we turned to Protus3 for a screening solution that did more. They helped us understand what we were getting from an online records review service and how minor details can go unnoticed without a trained eye reviewing all the piece-parts that make up a screening report. Working with the Protus3 investigations team, we determined that adding a thorough social media activity review in addition to the criminal and civil records search would give us better information for hiring decisions. Adding this one detail has significantly reduced our short-term turnover. It also costs far less than going through an employment agency “temp-to-permanent” process or the damage to our agency’s reputation for high turnover or hiring candidates that didn’t fit within the high-trust culture we’ve established with clients.
– Dan Gregory, Vice President of Hummingbird Creative Group

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