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3 Things To Look For From Contractor Background Check Companies

Background Screening | January 3, 2023
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In service contract relationships, your organization should prioritize safety measures for your customers and be focused on risk mitigation. Working with experienced contractor background check companies like PlusOne can help reduce operational or reputational damage.

Thorough identity verification and background searches are a critical part of any contractor risk management program, as well as the ongoing monitoring of individual contractors once integrated as a part of your service network.

While you may be tempted to try and conduct your own background checks for contractors in-house, this is not recommended – for a myriad of reasons. Not only is it time-consuming to do a complete and thorough background check, but there are numerous resources that you will need access to, and complex laws that apply to the background check process. Having a professional and industry-experienced screening partner with access to the right databases and resources will save you time and money.

Read below for 3 things to look for from contractor background check companies:

They practice thorough identity verification for accurate contractor background check results

To ensure a complete contractor background check, the identifiers of the individual being screened must be fully accurate. These identifiers include the name(s), date of birth and address(es) of the individual. At PlusOne Solutions, we conduct a Person/Identity Search, which is called an SSN trace.

This verification step  verifies the identity of an individual by searching hundreds of sources such as utility bill records, licensing and registration data, voter registration data, USPS address forwarding details, and other similar databases. The search returns all associated names and address history details for the individual which are then used as leads for additional searches conducted. Performing a criminal background check using inaccurate, incomplete or fraudulent information makes the entire background check useless to your organization.

To learn more about this topic, read our article on the identification process.

They conduct Criminal and Driver Record Searches to understand if the individual poses a risk

Criminal, sex offender, and driving records are among the most common components of background checks that are focused on safety and risk mitigation. Protecting customers requires making sure contractors don’t pose a threat. If their job involves driving, a driver record search is necessary. However, if they are only working on vehicles with another licensed driver and not responsible for driving, this search may not be necessary. Below, we look a bit more closely at the recommended scope for each of these searches and why they are deemed as best practices for a contractor background check.

To Summarize

It’s not enough to just share your organization’s expectations with your service network. A proper program from contractor background check companies will include working with a compliance partner who will report compliance rates across the network, versus relying on contractors to self-certify. This ‘honor code’ is unfortunately common and exposes your organization to potential risks.

Contact PlusOne Solutions to learn more about how our full-service tracking system and proactive approach can help you achieve higher levels of compliance and reduced risk in your contractor network.

Contents are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Users are reminded to seek legal counsel with respect to their obligations and use of PlusOne Solutions services.

About PlusOne Solutions

PlusOne Solutions has been an industry leader in the risk management field by specializing in compliance programs that meet the complex challenges of geographically dispersed contractors, vendors, and employee networks. PlusOne Solutions protects companies from possible financial, legal, and reputational risks associated with contractor and vendor relationships while creating safer work environments. To learn more, visit

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