TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

US Search is the market leader in online background search services for a good reason: It offers a comprehensive list of reports and multiple ways to find information about the person you're researching. You can choose from instant results, comprehensive reports that you'll get back within 24 hours or expert-assisted searches. The company gives you access to billions of records in seconds. It has been in the background business for over 10 years, and has gained the confidence of consumers and Fortune 1000 companies alike. The site is easy to use, provides accurate results and offers a guarantee if your search doesn't find any records. US Search is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner and is one of the best background check resources we found for investigating business associates, family members or potential romantic partners.

Performing background searches can help keep you, your family and your investments safe. Background checks have become as common as calling references when making new hires, so it is wise to find out what potential employers will find if they research your background. Another benefit of background search services is instant people searches, which give you the contact information you need for forgotten neighbors, relatives or coworkers.

Searches and Reports
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BeenVerified
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This background search service offers many types of information about people you're investigating. You’ll find contact information and marriage records along with financial checks, including debt collection options, real estate reports and asset searches. Results concerning income and professional licensing are not available.

In addition to performing searches for business purposes, US Search gives you multiple options for checking criminal histories and court records. Your options include a sex offender check as well as statewide or national criminal background checks. Your results will depend on the amount of information available, but could include case numbers and a description of the charges levied, case filing dates and arrest data, dispositions and sentencing information.

In the majority of cases, you won't get additional information about the alleged crimes such as the circumstances under which they were committed or the victims involved, but having access to the case numbers will let you extend your search to physical courthouses where this data is available publicly. If you don't have the time or expertise to visit a courthouse yourself, you can pay US Search to do it for you. US Search does not check international criminal records, FBI and anti-terrorism databases or driving reports.

Many searches return results instantly, and others do so in fewer than 24 hours. Advanced searches that use the court runner service take longer, depending on the exact requirements of your order. US Search offers the option to customize your reports for an extra fee. These kinds of customizable reports make US Search a lot more convenient than most other background check services because they sift out the important data for you.

USSearch.com offers one of the largest collections of search options on the market. These include several background search options, as well as business and real estate searches. This site, like most background check services, is not authorized by the Fair Credit Reporting Act to run credit checks.

Nevertheless, US Search provides tools that let you monitor your own credit. You can also run an employment background check on yourself to learn what others can see about you. We recommend doing this as one of your first searches if you choose the subscription model offered by this service.

Information Quality
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BeenVerified
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Finding accurate information is vital, whether you're doing a background search on a potential new beau or the new soccer coach. We tested each background service using information we knew about real people. Search results are quick and more accurate than those found with almost any other service we analyzed. The only problems we found were duplicate entries for some of our search subjects and a lack of results for some of our reverse phone, email and address searches. We were pleased to be warned that no results were available before we were prodded to order a report. Even if the notification hadn’t arisen, US Search.com has a no-hit, no-fee guarantee that refunds your full purchase price or credits your account if your search returns no results.

Ease of Use
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The US Search website is extremely easy to use and understand. To begin a search, you simply select a search option and type in the required information. You can start on the homepage or navigate using tabs. The service will then retrieve partial results instantly and give you the option to purchase reports. This service's website is clean and well designed. Most reports have a sample available for viewing so you can get an idea of what the report might look like before you purchase it.

 

Help & Support
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8.8/10
US Search
Intelius
BeenVerified
PeopleFinders
KnowX
PeopleSmart
BackgroundReport
Instant Checkmate
PeopleWise
Background Checks
8.8
8.8
9.5
7.8
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US Search offers many help resources if you run into problems, and it provides free customer service over the phone to help improve your search results and understand your reports. We were disappointed to find the representatives, while knowledgeable, are not connected directly to corporate offices, so they lack some resources, but they were helpful overall. This service also offers a FAQs section online along with email support, but email responses could be better. Our email requests for help went unanswered after several days.

US Search Summary:
9.8/10

This provider lacks the option for international searches and has had legal problems in the past with its subscription model, but US Search can get you the information you need quickly, easily and anonymously. This background check and people search service offers many desirable features, including instant results, advanced searches and court-runner services. This service can give you the confidence that knowledge brings, about coaches, online acquaintances, your neighbors and anyone else in your life.

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US Search

Pros
This popular service provides a range of searches and is one of the few that offers customized reports. It also gives a no-hit, no-fee guarantee.

Cons
US Search does not perform international background checks and the subscription model is limited.

The Verdict
: 9.78/10

Detailed reports and a range of services make US Search perfect for background checks on potential dates, finding long-lost friends or checking your own background.