Before appointing an individual to a leadership role, conduct a thorough and compliant board member background check. Reliable Background Screening provides comprehensive board member background checks to help ensure organizational integrity and brand reputation. Carefully vetting board members, directors, and those with the greatest levels of responsibility within your organization can help you mitigate risk and avoid posing a threat to your customers, volunteers, staff, and reputation at large. You do not want individuals with previous felony and fraud records to be part of a leadership team tasked with handling large funds and important assets, which is exactly why you should consider Reliable’s board of directors vetting services.

Unethical practices by board members or leaders within your organization can have dire consequences, affecting everyone from customers and volunteers to employees and donors, and your brand. Board member background screening helps unearth discrepancies from an individual’s reported history, such as inaccurate education information, which could raise major concerns about a person’s professional character.

If you could have known, you should have known.

When considering the investment to conduct comprehensive background screening for board members it’s important to consider how that investment can potentially outweigh negative consequences that could be more costly if anything was uncovered in the absence of a background check. Performing thorough board member background checks can be your best defense against negative press attention and expensive legal settlements.


Reliable Background Screening is the trusted source for all your board member and executive screening needs, with customized searches, unparalleled quality control and live-agent verified reports. With our electronic screening services, applicants submit their own background order information and electronically sign disclosure forms, freeing you and your staff from administrative tasks.


  • Unmatched Quality Control review of FCRA-compliant background screening reports will help ensure that any input errors do not result in invalid results
  • Partner with the major credit bureaus, with Canadian Credit Reports also available
  • Capabilities to research records from every county courthouse throughout the nation
  • Exclusive access to national and state data, including comprehensive motor vehicle records, eviction records, and criminal records for all 50 states
  • International criminal checks are also available
  • Personalized screening, with Customer Service Agents available weekdays
  • Secure online services tailored to your specific requirements available 24/7
  • A+ Accredited with the Better Business Bureau
  • Winner of the Sterling Award, honoring companies for quality service, integrity, and community stewardship


Although the Board of Directors performs a common function, the specific mission and needs of the company or organization that it serves varies. You should consider individuals with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. It is also best to perform a Board of Director Member Background Check on each candidate to help protect the brand and mitigate risk for the company or organization for which the candidate is being considered.
Performing a Board of Director Member Background Check is crucial, even though the Board Members may not be employees. For the same reasons employee screening and volunteer screening are essential, performing Board of Director Member Background Checks are especially needed to mitigate risk for the company or organization.
Board of Director Member Background Checks should be tailored to mitigate risk for the company or organization that is seeking the Board of Director candidate. It can include various components, such as criminal history; driving records; verification of education, employment, professional licenses; compliant social media checks; “soft-pull” credit reports; and should always check various “watch lists,” particularly Sex Offenders and OFAC.