I use Joe from Guardian Testing for my background checks. He was recommended to me on Twitter, and he's exactly what you need if you're doing checks on your candidates or employees. This is an unpaid endorsement.
1) Joe, can you tell me a little bit about your company and what you do? No marketing speak is allowed for this question.
Guardian Testing Services is a full service drug testing and background check company specializing in pre-employment screening of candidates in both regulated and non regulated industries.
2) Background checks used to take me a week and cost $100 ? Is that still the case? And does it matter based on how many counties they lived in?
Generally, background check results will be available within 24-48 hours unless there are charges that are uncovered which were not disclosed during the application process requiring verification for accuracy. The cost can range anywhere from $19 - $150 based on the level of checks required, but 90% of the searches we conduct for our clients range between $49 -$69.