I have provided a large (and constantly
growing) number of resources at SearchEngineZ. However, there are a few companies
that not only know of every public database, they have automated
They charge fees - however there are two
main advantages to using these services rather than searching on your own: they
get discount rates on the fees that many bureaus and agencies would charge
you, and they are fast.
Conduct background investigations
on anyone or any business including:
Address Search & details
SSN search - cross-checking a SSN with credit agencies can reveal
address and phone number
checks at any Federal, State, or county level
Prison history searches
in any state including current or previous incarcerations
Driving records, Vehicle plate searches, Vehicle Ownership
Unlisted or non-published phone
Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce
filings in all 50 states
reports (more info on credit reports and what they cost here)
Fiind - This is was
my service. It cost $25. Hopefully one day I will operate this service again
Search Tutorial - free guide on paid people search services.
Trace - Search online. Best for doing a lot of
searching. Charges a monthly fee, and then you receive reduced search
- Search online. OK for 1 or 2 searches. Listed
on Nasdaq (SRCH), US Search provides online access to over 2 billion public records
about individuals and businesses, including court records, judgments, bankruptcy
filings and other public records. Their web site receives 5 million visitors each
- Best for variety of information. They offer
the regular searches of the other services, plus reverse search of emails or unlisted
numbers, verifying employment details, name & address from a license plate
number, police reports....they do it all.
Comprehensive Background Checks include the following:
Date of birth, Age
Aliases / A.K.A. used by the subject
associated with subjects social security number
Date and location where subjects
social was issued
Current and previous home addresses
Current and previous
Others listed at subjects addresses
Other people listed at neighboring properties
Property ownership information
for each address
Previous and non-verified addresses
owned by the subject
relative summary Possible Relative(s) name, date of birth, phone listings and
more Possible Neighbours, Relative(s) active addresses
Judgments, Court cases involving subject, FAA registrations, Military affiliations,
Professional licenses if available.
- they get their info from marketing lists, catalogue purchases, magazine subscriptions,
change of address records, real property records, court records, business records,
and a variety of other public records and publicly-available sources. Good
value - $7.95 per name or $19.95 for 24 hours of unlimited searching.
Factoid: States that run their own utility services give out customer
details to anyone that wants them, for example Tennessee
- info on all the states
and their policies
from the good folk at Ancestry.com.
Search for a person, and you can purchase
a report like this
for only $9.95.
People Data - From the
original management team of US SEARCH.com, just enter a name and location, and
see all the possible matches, including age if available. $10 to see details.
- searches from $7
Tools - One time fee to use their web site of search tools
(UK) - Search a database containing 95% of the adult UK population (45
million names at 27 million addresses). They also do Genealogical and Adoption
These tools allow you to conduct
your own online searches. They can access the same information as the above companies,
but keep in mind that sometimes there are fees involved (typically a few dollars
Detective - endorsed by the National Association of Independent Private
Investigators (NAIPI), and comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee
Investigator 2001 - looks like a re-badged version of Cyber Detective
Detective - Good value and comes with life-long free updates. Their site
has lots of details on what it does, and you can see a screenshot.
- another collection of links.
Where does the info come from?