About Peopletrail

Verified Accuracy

TIP’s background check through Peopletrail offers third-party verification of your report.

Peopletrail began operation in 1994 under the name Consumer Credentials. When Equifax purchased the credit reporting portfolio of Consumer Credentials, Peopletrail was created as a stand-alone employment criminal background screening company. Peopletrail quickly rebuilt a credit reporting portfolio and began offering drug testing solutions soon after its inception in 2005.

Peopletrail has been in operation for 28 years and now offers a full suite of pre-employment screening solutions, including criminal background/credit report data, verifications, I-9 management, drug/health testing services, and more. 

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Peopletrail was among the first consumer reporting agencies to be recognized by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) and has held an accreditation for over a decade. In addition, Peopletrail holds a current ISO 9001 certification that has been active since 2008.

“When it comes to employment screening, accurate, compliant, and timely reports aren’t just a convenience—they’re a necessity. Peopletrail® provides leading employment screening solutions across a variety of industries with efficiency, quick turnaround, and insight you trust. Our dedicated screening specialists bring in-depth, personalized attention to your workplace. This personalized approach allows us to tailor solutions to solve your unique hiring challenges. Peopletrail® is among the small percentage of consumer reporting companies accredited through national certification programs including the PBSA and ISO 9001:2008 while also remaining SOC2 compliant. From employment screening, criminal background checks, drug screening, tenant screening, ATS integrations, and more, Peopletrail is fully capable of meeting your employment screening needs.”

Peopletrail is unique

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Peopletrail faq

  • Current address and counties of residence over the last few decades
  • Identity verification
  • A search of public, court, and criminal records
  • Sex offender registry
  • Professional License Verification
  • Domestic watch list
  • Social Security number trace
  • Resume Verification (employment history, education, military history, and training)

Peopletrail is very responsive to concerns about errors or omissions in its reports. They also provide the means to notate any items that the candidate feels need further explanation. 

The cost for the background check is $295. Fees for the TIP Certification Seal are additional.

Peopletrail screens both private and public databases to check for records that match the candidate’s full name, birth date, and address history. This process isn’t instantaneous as you might expect, and it often requires a manual check of public government records. Peopletrail has access to official records that other consumers facing background checks do not.

It takes anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to get results.

  • Peopletrail is the only background check of its kind that can be ordered by a consumer/political candidate that has guaranteed accuracy and is federally compliant.
  • Reports on criminal records, education, employment history, military service and professional license verification.
  • Peopletrail is certified by the Professional Background Check Association – only 3% of background check companies have this distinction.
  • Peopletrail is US-based and has live American customer service.
  • Turnaround time is usually 2-3 days.

Political consultants agree: candidates need a current, accurate background check!

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