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AccurateNow Review

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Skye Schooley
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business.com writer
| Updated
Aug 02, 2019
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As a division of Accurate Background, AccurateNow is an affordable, FCRA-compliant background check service with quick turnaround times. It is our pick as the best background check company for very small businesses. It offers pay-as-you-go plans for nearly every industry, and there are no minimums or monthly fees. This flexibility with its pricing is ideal for very small businesses that need to run background check services occasionally, without being locked into a minimum-check commitment.

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The Verdict

AccurateNow is our pick as the best background check company for very small businesses. It is affordable, easy to use and complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

View all our recommendations for background check services on our best picks page.

After your account is approved by AccurateNow, you are granted access to an online portal where you can access the results of your background checks. Customer support representatives are available by phone and email should you have any questions.

AccurateNow Pricing and Services

AccurateNow charges a one-time setup fee of $25. This covers the cost of verifying your business. Once your account has been approved, you can order as many background checks as needed.

AccurateNow offers three different background check packages – Basic, Standard and Premium. The three packages vary based on cost and searches performed. The cost is per report, and in some cases, additional fees (like New York county statutory fees, statewide statutory fees, international searches, and third-party verification fees) apply. These additional fees are common in the background check industry.

Here is a breakdown of each plan:

Basic plan

  • Cost: $29.95 per report
  • What it includes: Social security number trace, address history check, current county criminal search, national criminal check with county verification and national sex offender registry search

Standard plan

  • Cost: $59.95 per report
  • What it includes: Social Security number trace, address history check, current county criminal search, national criminal check with county verification, national sex offender registry search and global watch search

Premium plan

  • Cost: $74.95 per report
  • What it includes: Social Security number trace, address history check, current county criminal search, national criminal check with county verification, national sex offender registry search, global watch search, one education verification and one employment verification

Other services you can add on to an existing background search include:

  • Education verification ‒ $9.95
  • Employment verification ‒ $9.95
  • Professional license verification ‒ $9.95
  • Motor vehicle report ‒ $9.95
  • Federal criminal search ‒ $9.95
  • Pre-adverse and adverse action letter distribution ‒ $5.00

These add-on searches may have restrictions, and additional third-party fees apply; however, AccurateNow's pricing for these add-on reports is much lower than that of many competing services. 

Pros of Using AccurateNow

Some of AccurateNow's features stand out compared to the competition. Here's what we really liked:

Customization – If you need basic background checks, and possibly a few different add-ons, AccurateNow lets you easily and affordably add on each additional check to your report. This allows you to tailor each background check to your specific needs, which can be especially helpful for very small businesses in certain industries.

No minimums required – AccurateNow doesn't lock businesses into a minimum-check requirement they cannot meet. This is great for very small businesses that need occasional or one-off background checks with results they can trust.

Online portal – The candidate and recruiter portals are mobile-friendly. It typically takes three to four days to receive the results of a check. Reports are posted in the portal. 

Limitations of Using AccurateNow

Every company has its weaknesses, and AccurateNow is no different. These are the drawbacks to be aware of:

Setup fee – Unlike many background check services that do not charge a fee, AccurateNow does. The setup fee is $25, and it is a one-time fee. If you plan to perform future background checks, whether it's once a week or once a year, the cost of the setup fee may be worth it.

No health and drug screenings – AccurateNow offers several add-on services; unfortunately, small businesses needing extensive searches like drug and healthcare screenings will need to look elsewhere. AccurateNow is better suited for businesses that only need basic background checks.

No online demo – Unlike competing background check companies, AccurateNow does not offer an online demo. While this isn't a necessity, it is a helpful feature for new users who want to understand more about AccurateNow's online portal, and the process of ordering and receiving background checks.

Customer Service and Support

Running background checks with AccurateNow is a quick and seamless process. To create your account, you simply register your business and sign an electronic agreement. Once you've paid the setup fee and AccurateNow has verified your account, you can begin ordering reports. If you have any questions or concerns with the background check process or need help reading a report, the agency offers great customer support by phone and email.

In order to test the customer service, we contacted the company posing as a small business owner interested in hiring a background check service. Overall, we were very pleased with AccurateNow's customer service. We received timely responses to our questions and further information about how to set up an account.

Having a great support team is essential, especially for small businesses needing a background check company they can trust. AccurateNow provides that in addition to pay-as-you flexibility and the ability to customize background checks, factors that are extremely important for very small businesses on a tight budget.

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AccurateNow

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The Best Background Check Companies of 2019

The Verdict

AccurateNow is our pick as the best background check company for very small businesses. It is affordable, easy to use and complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. After receiving a business communication degree from Arizona State University, she spent nearly three years living in four states and backpacking through 16 countries. During her travels, Skye began her blog, which you can find at www.skyeschooley.com. She finally settled down in the northeast, writing for Business.com and Business News Daily. She primarily contributes articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviews remote PC access software and collection agencies.