Everyone wants to feel secure knowing that the freelancer they’re considering, the nanny they’re interviewing, or the date they’re chatting with is who they say they are. And-considering that $3 billion is spent on background checks in the United States every year [https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-trends/specialized-market-research-reports/advisory-financial-services/other-outsourced-functions/background-check-services.html]-it’s clear we are willing to do what it takes to make sure!

But how much does a background check cost? Based on our online research, a “typical” background check costs somewhere around $20, going past $300 for “comprehensive” checks. Ultimately, though, the cost of a background check will vary based on why you’re running the background check in the first place, and just how much you want to know.

Below, find some of the most common reasons for requesting a background check, as well as some general price points for each situation.

General Background Check Costs for Employers

Companies who understand the costs of bad hiring decisions make a point of conducting background checks on every employee, whether temporary or permanent, because companies can (and will) be liable for their contractors’ actions.

One Nevada company learned this the hard way when two contractors hit and killed another driver in a company van. State courts ultimately decided the company was 75% liable for the incident, even though the driver was just a temporary worker. [https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=19044]

Costs vary based on the types of checks you run and other factors, but basic criminal background checks could run anywhere between $20 to $100 per hire, Milian says. He adds that your costs can quickly rise if you’re running checks in multiple states or performing more thorough screens. [https://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/employees/are-background-checks-worth-the-cost/]

Background check at Wyzant is one-time $15.99, and covers

  • Social Security number trace (verifying the SSN provided is a valid number and not on the death index only)
  • Felony and misdemeanor convictions within the past seven (7) years, including sex crime convictions (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Sex Offender Registry & Global Watchlist Search (regardless of when the conviction occurred)

Background check options on Care.com: $9 preliminary screening (Criminal records check up to 7 years past); more comprehensive checks for $59 (MV check) and $79 (MV + Criminal records); and $300 for the most extensive check (Investigative criminal plus) [https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/12/29/background-check-fails-find-nanny-crimes/J6WjbGd1gsf3rl6eKdRgLP/story.html] & [https://www.care.com/background-checks]

Background check at SitterCity is $15 for “basic”, $60 for “enhanced,” $20 for MV check, and valid only for 3 months. [https://support.sittercity.com/hc/en-us/articles/115012433328-Background-check-options-and-pricing-for-caregivers]

BeenVerified background checks are $26.89/month, and include:

  • Background reports
  • Contact information
  • Phone lookups
  • Email lookups
  • Address lookups
  • Criminal records


eHarmony has “RelyID”, which validates your name, address and age, though your matches can only ever see your validated first name, city of residence and age. Costs $5.95, good for a year, uses publicly available information [https://www.eharmony.com/dating-advice/using-eharmony/new-feature-relyid/]

So how does SafetyPIN compare?

First…a big difference with SafetyPIN is you can use the same one everywhere you interact with people online. Your personal ID is yours…across all platforms everywhere, So instead of paying for background checks on 3 or 4 different sites, you can get one SafetyPIN.

Next, by having a SafetyPIN and sharing it regularly, you avoid having people go “behind your back” to BeenVerified or Intellius to check you out. Because of your SafetyPIN, they already know they can trust you. (And you don’t need to share your personal information with them.)

Finally, SafetyPIN is one of the only services that charges the same amount no matter where you live, how often we review your background, or how many people want to confirm your trustworthiness.

A SafetyPIN is a great (and cheap!) investment in yourself – and your online identity – for anyone you met online that wants to meet or hire you offline.