Google Screened

Note: Google Screened is currently only available in selected verticals in the US

Google Screened professionals have passed extensive background and licence checks conducted by Local Services Ads, our trusted partners or state and/or regulatory bodies. Local Services Ads verifies that their professional licences are current. The Google Screened badge helps professional service firms and professional service providers build trusted reputations online.

On Local Services listings, you will see the Google Screened icon next to these businesses.

How it works

These verification checks provide added peace of mind and ensure that the professionals you work with have been thoroughly vetted.

Estate agents and brokers

All estate agents and brokers that have the Google Screened badge must pass a licence check. Local Services will not require a separate background check in some US states because specific states require estate agents to undergo a background check in order to obtain a licence. See Requirements by category for state-specific details.

Lawyers

Local Services verifies all active law licences for all lawyers with the Google Screened badge. Local Services does not perform a separate background check on Google Screened lawyers because each US state requires lawyers to undergo a background check in order to receive a licence to practise law.

Financial planners

All Google Screened financial planner (including the tax specialist vertical) businesses must pass a business-level background check, a business-owner background check, and each professional in the business must pass a licence check and a background check. See Requirements by category for details.

Child care and pre-school service providers

All Google Screened child care service providers must pass a licence check. Local Services will not require a separate background check for Google Screened child care service providers because each US state requires child care providers to undergo a routine background check to receive their licence.

All professional pre-school service providers and educators with a Google Screened badge must pass a licence check. Local Services does not perform a separate background check on pre-school service providers/educators because each US state requires these service providers and educators to undergo a routine background check to maintain their licence.

Who it covers

Firms that provide professional services, including law, financial planning and real estate, and providers that work in the child care or pre-school industries, are eligible for the Google Screened badge.

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