Background Check Services

Over the past 15 years, since the program inception with the Safety Council Security Consortium’s (SCSC) Safety Council Basic Package, there have been several program enhancements. In 2005 the Basic Package was upgraded to include the grading or adjudication of criminal background and Patriot Act search results and the screen became known as the Background Check Graded package. In 2012 the Background Check Graded package was upgraded to include an expanded identity authentication process, expanded criminal searches to include all identifiable maiden names and alias, addition of a federal criminal search and the addition of a comprehensive national criminal records database search to identify other potential known activity.

The current Background Check Graded package is recognized as industry standards for contractor security screening. The overall success of the program can be defined in the sheer volume of the workforce that has been screened through the SCSC model.

Background Check Graded 2.0 Package includes:

  • All Known Address Search
  • County Criminal Report
  • Federal Criminal Report
  • Motor Vehicle Report
  • Nation Scan
  • Patriot Act
  • Prohibited Parties Search
  • Social Security Verification

à La Carte options:

  • County Criminal Search
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Verification
  • Federal Criminal Search
  • Global Sanctions Search
    (Formerly Prohibited Parties)
  • International Criminal Search
  • Motor Vehicle Reports
  • National Criminal File
  • Reference Check
  • Social Security Verification
  • Statewide Criminal Search
  • Workers Compensation

ISTC currently offers the 2.0 Graded Background Package through First Advantage, Sterling, and S2Verify.

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VendorPrice Per PersonAvg. Account Setup TimeOnline EnrollmentSite Inspection
First Advantage $78.15 24 Hours Yes Required
Sterling $63.21 24 hours Yes Not Required
S2Verify $63.45 24 Hours Yes Not Required

Background Grading Matrix

Grading of criminal searches is conducted for eight levels, scaling up from 0-7.

  • “00” indicates a clear record
  • “01” & “02” indicates a misdemeanor
  • “03” through “06” indicates a felony
  • “07” indicates a Patriot Act Search hit

Once all county level jurisdictional searches are completed, a final package grade will be associated with the applicant’s record.

Click HERE for a complete Background Check Graded 2.0 Grading Matrix.

Background checks and à la carte searches are required to be ordered using the ATLAS Customer Workcenter. For instructions on how to place a background check order, please click HERE.

All background check and à la carte search results must be viewed on the appropriate vendor’s website. Results will not be shown within the ATLAS Customer Workcenter.

Please use the log in links below to access your preferred vendor’s website.

For questions regarding backgrounds or to set up a background account, please contact our Background Department at