What is the Cost of Background Verification in India

Background Verification services have different price range depending upon the kind of background check that needs to be carried out.
For Identity verification, the issuing authority is the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Identity checks range anywhere between INR 50-100. For the large volume clients, they come down to INR 25-50.

Identity Checks include screening any individual’s Aadhar, PAN, Driver’s License. PAN is issued by the Indian Income Tax Department and the Regional Transport Authority issues the driver’s license. In Identity checks, all the valid identity documents of an applicant are screened thoroughly and then a report is prepared. The report is then shared with the employer who takes a call regarding onboarding someone into the firm. They are particularly beneficial when dealing with blue collar workers for eg. Food delivery boys, logistics staff etc. Identity check is important because it is easy to procure fake ID cards.

Residential address verifications are usually conducted physically and can range from INR 350-500. This too is dependent on several factors. Certain physical verifications need to be conducted in far off cities and so; the range fluctuates depending upon the location. We have field agents posted in the different cities who do the work of verifying the addresses of candidates. They physically visit the address and meet the candidate, capture pictures, geo coordinates etc. to ascertain the claimed address. Sometimes, the addresses that need to be verified are present in remote locations and so, the process takes longer. The costs for which will also go up if the locales are far away.

Academic verification is conducted by going over a person’s educational credentials and by verifying their degrees and certificates. The background verification firm who conducts this requests certain universities for verifying academic credentials on their letterheads. The universities can also stamp mark sheets, which is another way of getting verification. However, the more stringent one is on their letterheads for which they may charge an extra verification fee. It can also be done by speaking to the Registrar’s office representatives over call. Certain accredited Boards such as the University Grants Commission (UGC) or COBSE (Council of Boards for School Education in India) are considered credible when it comes to academic verification of universities or colleges. These Boards have a list of the academic institutes that come under them. Any university or educational institute that has been exempted from the list will not be deemed a credible or authentic academic institute. Any certificate that contains the stamp of such unauthentic institutions will be considered fake. Educational verification would cost around INR 650- 1500.

In employment verification, the Human Resource Executives change over time and the address book does not get updated. The ideal background verification companies keep updated records of every applicant. Employment verifications cost INR 500- 1000 depending upon the number of layers that need to be unearthed. Here, the background check firm has to call up other relevant references, ascertain the integrity of the candidate, the dates of employment/tenure, salary information, reason for leaving etc. It is a thorough procedure that is completed in about 10-15 days .

For Court Record checks and Criminal History verification procedures, background check companies partner with legal firms and the police. The cost for which comes up to INR 400-700. The e-courts database is queried and a report can be generated within 48 hours and this facilitates the process of generating background check reports for fraud mitigation companies. Here, the District, Supreme as well as the High Courts are referred to for factual accuracy. Civil cases are also unearthed. This is carried out on a pan-India basis. At the end, clients receive an attorney stamped court record check report. A challenge is that the database may need to be updated and not all reported cases are fed in. Hence, a more stringent method of criminal verification is the Police Character/Clearance Certificate which involves the police stations near the addresses of the candidate’s past places of residence. This can go back 10 years or longer.

Social Media checks can cost between INR 1000-1500. Here, the social media profiles of the candidates are screened to determine their behavioral profile in general. It can reveal facts about an individual that cannot be gleaned otherwise. Facts can include evidence of sexism, racism, drugs, alcohol, abuse etc.

Millow offers an a la carte pricing system for startups and package pricing/volume-based pricing for larger companies. Millow is India's trusted background check company. We use our proprietary technology and stringent processes to provide you with background check reports in the shortest possible time. If you need to have your employees, vendors, business partners, credit applicants or even yourselfor your profile checked, you can contact us:
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