Baltimore Background Checks

Whether you're looking for a full criminal background screening or just to perform a background check in one database, Health Street has background check options for any company in Baltimore. Our employee background screenings help you thoroughly screen your candidates, save valuable time in the process, and avoid legal trouble.

Registering for a background check in Baltimore is easy. Simply register online, or by calling us at (410) 267-4672. If this is the first time that your company has ordered a background screening through Health Street, then we will send you an agreement via email. The person being screened will also receive a waiver to be signed electronically, which allows us to automatically begin the background screening as soon as the waiver has been signed.

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Baltimore, MD - Background Check

Background Check Laws Specific to the City of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD is a "ban-the-box" city, meaning that city employers cannot ask an applicant questions about prior criminal histories until the job has been offered.

The Ban the Box law ensures that employers hire the best employees, not overlooking a qualified candidate due to past criminal convictions. It also helps give fair chances of employment to job seekers with criminal histories who are ready and willing to work.

Statistics About Crime in the City of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore has a crime index of 2 out of 100, meaning that the city is safer than 2 percent of all U.S. cities.
Annually, there are 37,220 total crimes in Baltimore.
There are 11,136 violent crimes annually in Baltimore, which is a rate of 18.76 per 1,000 residents.
There are 26,084 property crimes in Baltimore annually, which is a rate of 43.95 per 1,000 residents.
Assault is the most common violent crime in Baltimore, with 5,586 reported assaults every year.
The second most common violent crime in Baltimore is robbery, with 4,876 reported each year.
The chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime in Baltimore is one in 53.
The most common property crime in Baltimore is theft, with 16,678 thefts reported each year.
The chance of becoming the victim of a property crime in Baltimore is one in 23.

Experts Say...

Maryland attorneys Lerch, Early and Brewer discuss the laws regarding background checks in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. The laws were put in place to avoid discrimination against those with previous criminal histories and give a fair chance of employment to all job seekers. Employers in Baltimore must familiarize themselves with the following:

"As a result of this increased regulation, employers should review the reasons why they perform background checks and the methods they use to carry them out," the lawyers said. "Broadly drafted policies should be re-examined and explanations provided as to why a background check is needed for each position for which it is performed. In all cases, policies should be updated to conform to these ever-evolving statutes."

Ban the Box law
Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Job Applicant Fairness Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

What Types of Background Screenings Does Health Street Offer in Baltimore?

Criminal Background Screening Packages

Our criminal background screenings for Baltimore always start with a Social Security Number Trace. Choose from one of our popular options below, including the option to build your own package.

Platinum Background Package - $175

The Platinum Background Package includes everything listed in the Triple Database package, plus:

Court Record Package (State and/or County level).

Build Your Own

This package can be mixed and matched to meet your needs, including options such as:

The final price will depend on the combination of services selected.

Additional Background Screening Services

Our DOT screening services or resume verification can help you save valuable time and ensure that your candidates meet the requirements for the job.

Resume Verification

Starting at $39, our Resume Verification can be ordered to check a candidate's:

Work history
Credentials or certifications

DOT Background Check

The price of this option depends on which of the background check services is selected. We offer a variety of DOT Background Check, including:

Why Order a Background Check

Why Are Background Screenings in Baltimore Important?

Background checks for employment are critical to making informed decisions and hiring the best candidates for your company. Ordering a background screening in Baltimore can reduce risks and create a safer workplace for your employees. Hiring the wrong people for the job can have a detrimental impact not only on your employees, but possibly even the reputation of the company.

Why Choose Health Street For Baltimore Background Screenings?

Effective background screenings require knowing and following rules and regulations that can vary by location. For this reason, completing background checks by yourself can result in legal trouble. Health Street has over a decade of experience monitoring laws and regulations to ensure compliance in Baltimore.

Health Street can help you quickly and efficiently expose criminal activity, avoid uncovering more information than legally allowed, and answer any questions that you may have along the way.

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Employment Screening Services

Health Street offers a variety of other services, including:


"Ban the Box Employer Brochure." City of Baltimore Office of Equity and Civil Rights,
"Baltimore, MD Crime Rates." Neighborhood Scout,
Redding, Julie A. "When Can Employers Conduct Credit and Criminal Background Checks?" Lerch, Early & Brewer, 3 February 2020,