Background checks

Background checks are a great way to show others that you are someone they can trust. Many roomies understand the importance of trust and transparency when it comes to finding a roommate, as this significantly influences the decision-making process of finding a suitable person. Performing a background check on yourself will make your listing more desirable and demonstrate that you are serious about finding the right roommate.

Who can perform a background check?

You can only perform a background check on yourself, as it requires personal information. To share your results with others, you will receive a secure 24-hour link that will give them access to view your results.

Tip: If you would like to request a background check from another user, please notify the user they will need to purchase and complete the background check from their own Roomies account.

What kind of background checks are available?

Roomies has partnered with Certn to perform the individual checks. You can choose from two different background checks.

Basic Criminal Check - $15

This check includes a SSN trace, national criminal database records search, sex offender registries search, terrorist watchlist search, and global sanctions.

Get Basic Criminal Check

Premium Criminal Check - $40

This check includes everything in the basic criminal check, SSN trace to identify old addresses and aliases, federal and statewide criminal court records search, and county court level searches of criminal records for addresses in the past 7 years.

Get Premium Criminal Check

Certn requires a SSN to complete both checks. Don’t worry, your SSN will never be shared with anyone and will not be shown on your completed report.

Tip: Please note, it is still a good idea to ask for proof of identity when you meet them in person.

What are the payment options?

You can complete payment on a credit or debit card. Payments are processed by Stripe (one of the largest and most secure online payment providers). Your card details are encrypted and sent directly from your browser to Stripe so they are totally secure. Roomies does not receive or store your card details.

What's next?

After you’ve purchased a check, you can begin submitting your details to Certn.

ou may receive an email from Certn if they require more information. Be sure to follow all instructions to avoid an incomplete check.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email us at

Once all documents are submitted, it will take up to 3-7 business days to process. An email will be sent to you once your check has been completed.

How to view your results

To view your results, visit your dashboard and find the background check tab. Here you can view and download your report to share with others.

You will also receive a badge under your verifications to let others know you have a background check report to share upon request!

If you'd like to verify yourself even further, Roomies also offers ID checks.