Background Checks

PDS - Catholic Diocese Church Management Solution with Background Checks

Trust, but verify.

It’s never been more important to know exactly who is volunteering, serving, working, and caring for your parish family. That’s why we have partnered with Verified First to provide your parish with the most comprehensive background checks available. This service integrates seamlessly into Realm® and makes it super simple to run thorough background checks on anyone in your parish or whom you may be considering for your staff.

Mitigate Risk Minimize Legal Liability Prevent Abuse in All Areas Save Time and Effort Protect Core Assets Encourage Peace of Mind

Everything you ever wanted to know about background checks.

A 42-minute recorded Background Check Webinar

Massive impact with minimal effort.

  • Get peace of mind knowing you can easily process robust background checks whenever needed.
  • Gain confidence that you’ve taken steps to protect your parishioners.
  • Significantly reduce the risk of potential offenders causing people harm.
  • Produce results that are compliant with federal and local background screening laws.
  • Avoid significant consequences of improperly staffing your parish and volunteer positions.
  • Maintain the integrity of your parish.

Fully integrates into Realm and your daily routine.

  • Maintain history of background checks in Realm.
  • Search for cases where follow-up is needed or when it’s time for a renewal.
  • Track the date background checks were processed.
  • Send background check requests to volunteers and applicants to complete.
  • Never ask for or store sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers.

Screen for critical information in the top worldwide databases.


Serving Volunteer

Best used for volunteers in greeting or hospitality roles.

$ 11
per person searched*
  • This is the most basic package and includes all of the below.
*Plus county access fees, if applicable.

Child/Youth Volunteer

Best used for volunteers whose duties include contact with minors.

$ 29
per person searched*
  • Everything in the previous package:
  • Unlimited County Criminal Search for all filings over at least the last 7 years
  • Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search
*Plus county access fees, if applicable.

Staff and Leadership

Best used for clergy and other parish leaders.

$ 45
per person searched*
  • Everything in the previous package:
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Verification
*Plus county access fees and state pass-through fees, if applicable.
Get It All
All packages include:

We offer a special Child/Youth Volunteer package that meets the standards of Pennsylvania ACT 153. It includes our basic package, plus:

  • PA child abuse clearance check
  • PA statewide criminal search

The cost is $37 per person searched, plus any state access fees, if applicable. Please note, fingerprinting is not available with this package.

Additional Details:

The difference between the National Sex Offender Registry and the Nationwide Sex Offender Database is the timing of the products. The Database contains static data and is not considered a system of record as it is not live. The states maintain the Registry, and our access to it is real-time.

The Registry will have states unavailable, and when that occurs, our team waits to finish the processing until that state is back up and has been searched. With the Database, if a state is down when the Database is updated, that state’s information is missing until the next time the Database is updated.


Nationwide Sex Offender Registry Search

$ 3 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone working with children.

Motor Vehicle Registration

$ 4 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone driving a parish vehicle.

Credit Check

$ 6 added to package*
  • Best used for anyone handling money.

Canadian Searches

Canadian National Criminal Check (CPIC)

$ 35
per person searched*
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Search

Canadian Employment Verification

$ 39
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Job title
  • Tenure
  • Reasons for leaving
  • Rehire eligibility

Canadian Education Verification

$ 39
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Education history
  • Degree

Canadian Credit Report

$ 35
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • Bankruptcies
  • Collections
  • Other credit trade lines

Canadian MVR

$ 28
per person searched*
  • Includes:
  • License class
  • Status
  • Violations
  • Accidents

*Search Access Fees – In addition to the cost of the background check, your reports may be subject to various third-party access fees, including county and state court access fees, DMV access fees, and employment/education verification fees. ACS Technologies does not mark up any of these fees; instead we include them on your invoice at cost. Pricing listed in US dollars.

Background checks are already part of Realm.

Getting started is super simple:

  1. Sign in with administrative permissions.
  2. Under the Admin menu, click “Manage Realm Account.”
  3. Click the “Additional Features” tab.
  4.  In the Background Checks section, click “Learn more.”
  5. Click “Sign up for background checks.”
  6. Complete the provided application form.