How it Works

SafetyPIN’s Universal Trust Badge…
6 steps to maximum peace of mind

01

Apply.


The entire SafetyPIN application process takes 5-7 minutes. Simply fill in your information, answer a few short questions, pay the $1* application fee, and hit “submit.” We’ll take care of the rest.

*Due to excessive screening charges levied by the state of New York, if you have lived or worked in NY since you turned 18, you will be charged a one-time, non-refundable pass thru fee of $95. We do not make any money on that fee. That is the actual amount charged by NY.

02

Behind the scenes.


After you apply, we run a detailed criminal and financial history, verify your ID, and score your answers to our proprietary behavioral algorithm. We never share any details of your personal history or any of your private information.

03

Check your email.


Most applications can be approved within 24 hours. However, some states can take as long as a few weeks. We’ll keep you posted on the status of your application. As soon as you’re approved, we’ll charge your credit card for your membership and send you your official SafetyPIN badge.

04

Post and Share.


Not everyone qualifies for a SafetyPIN. So when you do, share it proudly!

Post it on your profile or your website, share it through messaging or email, and add it anywhere you want people to know you’ve earned a SafetyPIN and they can trust you at a glance.

05

Keep It Current.


You earned your SafetyPIN, don’t risk losing it. Because we re-screen people regularly, your SafetyPIN trust badge is date- and time-stamped. Keeping your membership current lets people know you’re in good standing. Choose from monthly or annual options. And, of course, you may discontinue your membership at any time.

06

Want to verify a SafetyPIN?


Simply choose VERIFY from the menu and enter the SafetyPIN someone shared with you. You’ll be prompted to share a short note so they can give permission for you to verify their PIN.

How is it different than a regular background check?

Only SafetyPIN:

  • Rescreens people regularly – and revokes their PIN if they no longer meet our requirements
  • Uses a proprietary behavioral review – to eliminate people without criminal history that still raise red flags
  • Looks at the underlying psychology and patterns of behavior – to ensure maximum trust and safety
  • Uses a single, consistent standard. If you see a SafetyPIN, you know they met the criteria set by our panel of experts. Other sites pick what level of background check to run – and that leaves you vulnerable. For example, only 16 states report all criminal activity to the “National Criminal Database.” And New York, Texas, and California aren’t included. 
  • Screens more area than the standard background check. Most background checks only look at the county someone lives in. That means, if you lived in New York City, a typical background check wouldn’t even cover Brooklyn. And that’s just the beginning. To learn more about how background checks really work (or don’t), click here 
Apply for a SafetyPIN.

A SafetyPIN is the best way to assure someone you met online that they can trust you in real life. By displaying a current SafetyPIN when booking jobs, home sharing, and more, you’re letting people know you care about their safety and peace of mind.

Verify a SafetyPIN.

Looking for a SafetyPIN is critical when taking any online meeting offline. But before you commit, take the extra minute and verify their SafetyPIN. By confirming their membership is in good standing, you’re letting them know trust is critical to you.