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Identity Verification Services

Are they really who they say they are?

In today's digital age, verifying an individual's identity is more challenging — yet critical — than ever before. Identity theft in the U.S. is on the rise as unscrupulous individuals strive to evade background checks, potentially by assuming new identities.

Employers must consider robust identity checks as an integral part of their background check processes. By harmonizing personal data verification with checks against public records, social security details, and address history, employers gain a candidate's complete identity information in a verified data set.

Our identity checks extend to the authentication of e-signatures and wet signatures for online documents, ultimately offering employers the reassurance they need in the integrity of their hiring decisions.

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Why Identity Checks Are Essential

Establishing the true identity of individuals is an essential first step in a credible background screening process. It's a proactive step that mitigates future risks and aligns with due diligence best practices. This crucial first layer of defense helps to ensure that subsequent verification layers — such as employment history, criminal record checks, and educational qualifications — are attributed to the correct individual, safeguarding the organization's integrity and reputation.

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Peace of Mind

Identity checks provide employers with a sense of security and peace of mind that they are conducting thorough background checks on their employees. With the prevalence of identity theft, it is essential for organizations to have reliable measures in place to protect their data and reputation.

State and Federal Compliance

Identity checks also help employers comply with state and federal regulations, including laws related to identity theft and fraud prevention. By following the best practices outlined by these regulations, organizations can avoid legal repercussions and maintain ethical hiring standards.

Qualified Candidates

Remote hiring can broaden an organization's pool of potential candidates, but it also opens the door for unqualified or fraudulent applicants. By utilizing identity verification services, employers can ensure that they are hiring qualified individuals with verified backgrounds and credentials. This not only ensures the integrity of their workforce but also saves time and resources by avoiding hiring unqualified individuals.

Modernize the Candidate Experience

Identity verification services also offer a modern and efficient candidate experience. Gone are the days of filling out lengthy paper forms and providing multiple copies of identification documents. With digital identity verification, candidates can easily submit their information online, reducing the time and effort required for traditional verification methods.

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  • Streamline the hiring process with rapid identity verification checks.

  • Deter fraudulent applicants and ensure a trustworthy workforce.

  • Comply with stringent state and federal identity verification regulations.

  • Safeguard your company's reputation by reducing the risk of identity theft.

  • Enhance the candidate experience with efficient digital verification methods.

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Don't allow the complexities of identity verification to undermine your hiring efforts. Begin today to ensure the authenticity and reliability of your potential employees with unparalleled accuracy.

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The Identity Verification Process

Our streamlined identity verification process ensures quick, secure, and reliable checks in just three easy steps:

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Step 1

Submit Your Request

Begin by providing the candidate's essential information, such as their full name, date of birth, and national identification number. Additionally, you'll need to submit a consent form signed by the candidate authorizing the verification.

Step 2

Verification Begins

Our team of experts promptly starts the verification process, using our cutting-edge technology and a vast database that includes governmental and public records. This allows for a comprehensive and accurate verification without the need for direct contact with the candidate.

Step 3

Receive Comprehensive Results

You will receive a detailed report on the candidate's identity verification in a remarkably short time. This report not only confirms the authenticity of the candidate's personal information but also highlights any potential discrepancies or issues encountered during the verification process.

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We recognize the critical role of thorough identity verification in protecting your company's integrity during the hiring process. Our dedicated team of professionals utilizes state-of-the-art technology to conduct in-depth screenings, verifying a candidate's identity with precision and speed.

Our streamlined process not only saves you time but also integrates seamlessly with your existing strategies, all with total compliance.

Don't compromise on the security and reliability of your hiring process. Choose KRESS for your identity verification needs and build your team with confidence.

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Your Guide to Identity Verification Services

E-verify: Legal Residence Verification

E-Verify is an essential tool for employers to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which mandates the verification of the employment eligibility status of all newly hired employees.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system utilized by employers to compare information entered from an employee's Form I-9 to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration in order to validate employment eligibility. With over 870,000 employers using the system, E-Verify has become a vital tool in the identity verification process.

  • More than 870,000 employers are enrolled in E-verify
  • It offers speed and accuracy so employers can make the right hire
  • E-verify can only be completed on an employee once

KRESS is a designated agent authorized by the DHS to perform I-9 employment authorization searches on clients' behalf, making taking care of I-9 Forms easier than ever. KRESS' electronic I-9 service meets all the guidelines and requirements set forth by DHS.

Social Security Number (SSN) Trace

A Social Security Number (SSN) Trace cross-references the SSN with public and private records to uncover any alias names that have been used by an individual within the past seven years, providing a more complete picture of an applicant's identity. This service is integral for employers to delve deeper into the history of their prospective employees and ensure the authenticity of the information provided.

  • Can be completed at any time
  • Does not verify a candidate's identity
  • Trace includes dates, addresses, alternative names used
  • The Social Security Number Trace acts as an identifier and reveals any alias names and past and present addresses associated with the social security number. It's a crucial component of criminal history research as it is used as a roadmap to select court jurisdictions that should be researched for criminal records.

When an SSN background check isn't enough

Occasionally, an SSN background check will yield no results, but this should not be cause for immediate concern with respect to an applicant's legal status. This is particularly common among younger candidates who may not have previously applied for credit, resulting in a lack of traceable financial history.

KRESS provides comprehensive address history searches and a suite of additional verification services. These thorough checks are essential to confirm that you're making informed hiring decisions, allowing you to secure the best candidates swiftly and confidently.

Address History Search

An Address History Search via KRESS can yield current address information and address history, which is vital for maintaining communication lines with retired or former employees.

This service can also reveal death index information from the Social Security Administration, providing employers with crucial updates. As a standalone service, these details can be immensely beneficial, particularly when managing benefits, tax, and financial reporting obligations, ensuring that all records are accurate and up to date.


E-Authorize streamlines the background checking process by integrating the 'Invite the Applicant' system with Electronic Wet Signature (EWS) Applicant'. Employers benefit from reduced administrative burdens, allowing them to focus on choosing the best candidates for their organization.

With our EWS solution, applicants can sign documents using a computer mouse, ensuring the signature meets legal compliance standards. This guarantees that consent for background checks is reliably obtained upfront, providing employers peace of mind in their hiring process.

  • A tech-forward, secure way to gather signatures.
  • Enhances the verifiability of the screening process.
  • Streamlines the hiring procedure, saving time and resources.

The Growing Statistics of Identity Theft Concerns

  1. Significant Increase in Data Breaches: In 2023, 3,205 data breaches were recorded, marking a 78% increase from 2022 and surpassing the previous all-time high in 2021 by 72%. Data breaches provide a wealth of personal information to potential identity thieves.

  2. Rising Reports of Identity Theft to the FTC: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 5.7 million reports of fraud and identity theft in a recent year, of which 1.4 million were explicitly related to identity theft. This reflects the growing scale of the issue.

  3. Demographic Specifics of Identity Theft Victims: Analysis of identity theft reports has revealed that White Americans with higher incomes are most likely to be victims of identity theft. This demographic specificity can be crucial for understanding the risk profiles of different employee groups.

  4. Increase in Account Takeovers: Account takeovers, where fraudsters gain control of victims' bank accounts, comprised 54% of all fraudulent transactions in 2020. This trend underscores the growing sophistication of identity thieves and the importance of secure identity verification processes.

Legal Implications of Identity Checks

Identity checks are not just about ensuring the authenticity of the candidate's identity or enhancing the accuracy of background checks. They are also about legal compliance. The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) mandates employers to authenticate both the identity and employment eligibility of all employees. This implies that identity checks transcend good practice and become a legal obligation.

Failing to comply with these requirements can have serious consequences. Employers who knowingly hire workers not authorized to work in the United States can face fines of up to $11,000 per worker. Beyond the financial penalties, such practices can also damage a company's reputation, making it harder to attract quality talent and retain customers.

The Impact of Remote Hiring on Identity Checks

In the wake of a global shift toward remote work, hiring, and employee management processes have undergone a significant transformation. With online interviews and virtual onboarding becoming the norm, the need for robust identity verification is greater than ever.

Remote hiring scenarios often compound the challenges of identity fraud, necessitating advanced verification technology that can operate effectively in a digital space. Candidates providing accurate and verifiable information is crucial to ensuring a safe and secure workforce and protecting an organization's assets and reputation.

However, with traditional in-person identity checks becoming impractical or impossible, organizations must adapt and implement new solutions to mitigate the risks associated with remote hiring processes. In a pre-pandemic world, face-to-face interviews provided employers ample opportunities to verify a candidate's identity. Employers could physically inspect government-issued identity documentation, compare it to the person presenting the information, and gather additional validation through small talk or reference checks. However, these methods are no longer feasible in today's remote hiring landscape.

Organizations must adapt their strategies to embrace secure, remote-friendly verification tools capable of thwarting sophisticated identity theft tactics, all while maintaining compliance with evolving regulatory standards.

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