Performing an online Background Check with us can give you confidence that the people who spend time with you and your family are safe and trustworthy. And running a Background Check on yourself helps to ensure that your identity hasn’t been compromised or stolen.
The Criminal Records section of your report will contain information if the person was Arrested, has an active or outstanding Warrant, Felony Records, Conviction and Disposition Details, Misdemeanor Charges, DUI/DWI Records, Mugshots, Jail Records, Police Report Details, Parole/Probation Details and much more!
Ease of Use An easy-to-use background search site can make the process simpler and alleviate some of the headaches that arise when combing through results to find your target. Every service we tested includes a dashboard that stores your saved reports for later. We prefer services that clearly define what each item in the report means. Finally, the best services allow you to search with only a single piece of information, for example a last name. This is particularly helpful for finding people with scant available information.
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Background checks can give you insight into a potential roommate or blind date or help you find a friend or family member you’ve lost track of. These public records searches should not be confused with a background check run by an employer or landlord, which must be done by a consumer reporting agency. The best background checks provide accurate info and offer multiple search options to help you find the person you’re looking for.
The best background searches allow you to look for a person with more than just a name or the state they live in. We searched for someone with a relatively common name and then used other options to filter down until we were able to find our target. Being able to filter down by address and state were particularly helpful. Even more useful is searching by phone number, age and birthdate. Only one service, PeopleWise, included all of these search options. We were able to find our target with each of these services, but for some it did take longer than for others.
Find out what type of assets your test subject owns which may include Property, Automobiles, Aircraft, Boat, Business and others. Find out additional information about the person’s Net Worth, Income, Investments and much more!
BeenVerfied is another strong choice. It gave us fairly accurate results and was especially strong in giving information about civil judgements, tax liens and in finding relatives of our subjects. However, it was inconsistent in finding criminal history and addresses. It also doesn’t allow search by address or phone number and in general has one of the more difficult search functions.
Instant Checkmate offers background checks ideal for finding address histories, relatives and marriage records. It didn’t fare as well in criminal records checks, but it does offer all the options we looked for in a background check, though some did require an additional cost.
There are some reasons that a background check might not contain the information you expect. An arrest does not create a criminal record; only convicted crimes show up on a report. Public records databases can take months to update, so recent changes may not be reflected in your report. Some states and counties do not make their criminal records databases available online. People can also opt out of an online background check service and have their information removed from the databases.
The accuracy score listed here comes from comparing the information on the background checks we ran with information provided by our test subjects. Points were deducted for information that didn’t match, so a higher score represents a more accurate background check. We recommend purchasing reports from services that rate high on accuracy, such as Intelius and US Search.
In this section you will be able to find out all types of contact information for your test subject. This may include Current and Previous Addresses, Phone Number(s), Email Address, Social Profiles and much more!
An online public records search can provide you with information about a subject’s criminal records, bankruptcies, court judgements and tax liens. This is valuable information you can consider when looking for potential roommates or business partners. Most services also allow you to check whether your target is a registered sex offender.
The Marriage & Divorce Records section of your report will contain information on if the person was married and records about the marriage. It will also contain information on if the person was divorced and details about the divorce case.
Accuracy To evaluate these services, we purchased a background check from each one to test the accuracy. We tested each of them on real people so we could verify the accuracy of the results. With permission, we ran reports on acquaintances of our reviewers, one who had a criminal record and one who moved often and could be hard to locate.
You can also search for property information, marriage and divorce records, relatives, associates and social media profiles. These can be useful when trying to find the current whereabouts of a lost friend, acquaintance or relative.
US Search also rated well for accuracy, in particular for criminal records and marriage and divorce records. It was inconsistent with address history. Though accurate in most respects, this service does charge add-on fees for many different types of data, including bankruptcies, court judgments and tax liens. It has a very intuitive interface and is one of the few services that allow you to search by date of birth.
What is a people search to you? There is no reason to leave the big questions who, what, when, and where unanswered. Not when US Search accesses multiple premium people search databases, over two billion records from public records, including national, state, and municipal records, plus experts to help assist with any people search.
Our top choice for online background checks is Intelius. It provides the most accurate report results especially with regard to address history and criminal records checks. Intelius’s background checks include all the relevant information we consider essential in a background check, and there were no additional costs for any of that information.
People are incredibly mobile: almost 20% of population of the United States moves every year. There are several million marriages and divorces every year. Without already knowing who and where they are now, you can’t find them in a phone directory or social networking index.
PeopleWise is a good option, especially if you have a difficult target and need a full slate of search options. This is the only service we reviewed that allows you to search by phone number. It has a fairly accurate background check but doesn’t provide data about marriages and divorces. PeopleWise also charges an additional fee to include criminal records in the report.
People leave behind all kinds of records: phone numbers, births and deaths, marriages, property. A people search culls many databases, to find both current and historical information. By cross-referencing and comparing information from many different sources over many years, complex search algorithms sift through and verify data, narrowing the thousands of bits of information down so that they relate to the one person being looked for.
A background check can provide you with a wide range of useful information. All of the services we reviewed draw their data from many sources, including state and county records, court documents, and other publicly available information such as phone books and marketing data.