How it Works

SterlingNow is powered by Sterling Talent Solutions, the world’s largest employment background screening provider, so you can rest assured we’ve got you covered. Set up your account today and start hiring with confidence.

Get Started

1. Set Up Your Account

Create your account in just three steps:


Provide basic information about your company


Upload your business verification documentation


Accept the SterlingNOW service agreement and required certifications

We Just Need You to Provide

Your legally registered business name, DBA name (if applicable), business classification (Corporation, LLC, etc.) and Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Upload Proof of Business such as:

Current Business License


Articles of Incorporation

Acceptance of the SterlingNOW service agreement by an authorized representative of your company to enter into a binding agreement with Sterling and conduct background checks


2. Get Credentialed

We are required to complete a business verification process for security purposes as required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), to ensure that you are a valid business entity with a legitimate purpose to access protected and sensitive consumer information. Upon creating your account, our credentialing team will process your request, which typically takes 1-2 business days. You can start screening today and we will process those orders as soon as your account is approved.

3. Order a Background Screening

Select your screening package
Customize your search with add-on services
Invite your candidate to provide their information or enter it yourself
Check out and pay with your credit card
We'll email you a notification once your requested background screening is complete.

Easy Ordering

Your applicant can sign all of the needed documents and provide all of the required data themselves. With a click, SterlingNOW sends them a link to our secure portal. When they are done, the order is processed automatically.

View Completed Reports

Log into your dashboard and review completed orders.

Results are provided in your account via PDF and include details on each service requested.

Now it’s Up to You

If your candidate meets your hiring criteria…great! However, if you do not move forward with that applicant, due in part or whole based on the results of the background screening, SterlingNOW has tools for your legal Adverse Action responsibilities.