Confident Hiring Decisions

Employers of all sizes trust Imperative to help make well-informed and legally-compliant hiring decisions.

Whether a minimum-wage worker with access to company assets and other employees or a high-level executive making decisions affecting the future of the enterprise, every hire presents risk to the organization.

Too often, businesses don’t recognize the risk an individual presented until it is too late.

Assets are missing.

The organization’s reputation is publicly damaged.

Or worse, someone is injured or killed.

As the background screening company founded and run by human resources professionals, Imperative’s services go beyond simply delivering “a piece of paper for the file” or “an item on a checklist.”

Because our processes are thorough, our compliance is strict, and our staff cares, our clients can fearlessly take action based on the information we provide.

Criminal Background Investigations

The best way to understand your applicants’ criminal history is to ask them. 

However, because applicants are not always forthcoming with honest and complete answers about past bad behavior, it is critical for employers to run a criminal background check to verify applicants’ claims.

Imperative offers a number of criminal background investigation packages to meet every employer’s risk-tolerance and budget concerns.

Our most common criminal background investigation packages are outlined below but we are always glad to help you design a program that meets your specific needs.

  Basic Basic-Plus Diligent Critical

Search scope

7 years

Minimum of 10 years Imperative will search a minimum of ten years of each courts’ records but many courts’ primary computer index go even further back. We will report everything that we find that can legally be reported under the FCRA or applicable state laws.

Thoroughness As compared to the Critical Criminal Background Investigation, our most thorough standard criminal report.

22% Because this report only includes criminal cases disposed within the past seven years, it will miss most of the records included in our most thorough report, the Critical Criminal Background Investigation, which reports all convictions regardless of age. Generally, we find that when the seven-year limitation is not applied, the criminal records database identifies about half of the criminal cases identified in the Critical report.




Standard completion time

Instant, if no records found

3 business days


Basic Identity Research


Advanced Identity Research


Criminal Records Database

County-of-Residence Criminal Research


Criminal Research in Last 10 Years’ Counties


State Criminal Record Repository and Sex Offender Research Most state’s sex offender registries are included in the criminal records database, as well, though it may not reflect all current registrations


Federal District Criminal Research


Qualifications Background Investigations

Many candidates inflate their qualifications to be more appealing to prospective employers. In fact, more applicants lie about their education and employment experience than lie about their criminal history.

Verifying the accuracy of applicants’ claims about their experience, qualifications, and past performance are critical to evaluating their fit for a position.

Verifying their claims are also integral to establishing applicants’ honesty and integrity. If they lie to you walking in the door as an applicant, can you be surprised if their behavior doesn’t change as an employee?

Imperative offers a variety of services to verify your candidate’s qualifications. Following are our most commonly requested options, but we are glad to help you custom design a qualifications investigation to meet your needs.

Content: Standard Executive Healthcare Financial Compliance
Driving history
Employment verifications
Education verifications
Professional license verification    
USA PATRIOT Act and financial compliance search    
County civil litigation      
Federal civil litigation and bankruptcy      
Healthcare sanctions search      

We also offer Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT FMCSA) mandated background checks and drug screening.

Additionally, through our PFC Caregiver Screening brand, we provide background investigations for nannies, caregivers, and other household staff.

Drug Screening, Substance Abuse Testing, and Occupational Health Services

Imperative offers pre-employment and post-hire (random, for-cause, scheduled) drug and alcohol testing services.

The most common drug tests are urine-based tests conducted at one of thousands of collection sites nationwide.

In most cases, non-positive (“clean”) test results are delivered to clients the same day.

We make scheduling your applicant’s drug test online easy with paperless electronic-chain-of-custody forms.

While a number of drug testing panels are available, our most popular drug screen is our 10-panel test, which includes an expanded opiates test:

  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine (COC)
  • Methamphetamine (MET)
  • Opiates/Morphine (MOP) (includes hydrocodone & hydromorphone)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Amphetamines (AMP)
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Oxycodone/Oxymorphone (OXY)
  • Methadone (MTD)

We also offer oral swabs and hair testing for illicit substances.

Imperative can assist with your random testing program by conducting your random selections and coordinating with your management or employees to ensure that selected employees are testing promptly.

Imperative also offers a wide variety of occupational health services, including:

  • Pre-employment physicals.
  • Respiratory fitness tests.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) tests.

Credit Reports

Consumer credit reports can be helpful in appraising a candidate’s ability to make sound financial decisions on behalf of the company or clients.

Imperative offers instant delivery of consumer credit reports specifically designed for employment purposes.

Establishing access to credit reports involves a one-time setup fee and an onsite visit by a credit bureau-designated inspector.

Contact us for more information about access consumer credit reports for employment purposes.