An Integral Part of an Employer’s Risk Management


Decreased Hiring Time


Increased Applicant Satisfaction


Client Retention Rate


Protect your company and avoid violating the rights of your candidate.


1. Obtain written authorization from the candidate.

Prior to beginning the background screening process, employers must obtain their candidates’ signature on an FCRA-compliant consent form – it is vital for applicants to provide their written permission to proceed.

2. Review the screening results and make a decision.

The potential employer will review the background screening results and make the decision to either go forward with the candidate or decline employment.

3. Making the decision to deny employment.

If a decision is made not to go forward with the hiring process due to negative information found on the Background Screening, the two-part FCRA-legislated Adverse Action Process must be followed in order to protect your company and avoid violating the rights of your candidate.

Pre-Adverse Action Notification and Adverse Action Notification

Pre-Adverse Action Notification

FCRA rules dictate that when an applicant’s background screening returns undesirable results, a Pre-Adverse Action Notification must be sent to the applicant prior to the adverse action being taken. The Notification informs the applicant in writing that their application is about to be denied based on information discovered during the background screening process.

Adverse Action Notification

If, after a reasonable amount of time (usually 5 business days from the receipt of the Notification), the applicant has not disputed the results of the background screening supplied via the Pre-Adverse Action Notification, the employer must proceed with the Adverse Action Notification, notifying the applicant, in writing, that the application for employment has been denied.


NationSearch provides an easy, online, and mobile-friendly ordering process from start to finish, including a secure electronic consent form.

Fast Start Package

starting at $19.95

FCRA Compliant • 1 SSN/Address Trace • 1 County Criminal Search
1 Multi-jurisdictional Criminal Search • 1 National Sex Offender Search

Our seamless process reduces stress and confusion by delivering accurate, FCRA compliant background checks.

From small businesses to major institutions, we work one-on-one with companies in diverse industries to meet specific screening needs.

We're committed to delivering detailed results quickly so you can be confident in your hiring decisions.