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How much do you have to pay for a background check service?

Tamara Avatar By: Tamara | Last updated October 17, 2020

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Online background check services are very time-efficient and user-friendly tools whenever you want to find out information about a person. Whether it is a new colleague, neighbor, a potential date, a former classmate or childhood friend and so on, background check services can be very useful.

The price of a background check service varies from company to company. Some companies offer subscriptions that are available for a month, several months or just a week. There is also the option to buy a single report, if you know you’re going to need to use such a service just once.

What are the best online background check services and how much do they cost?


TruthFinder is the number one background check service in the Best Review Guide lineup. It was launched in 2015 and it has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

TruthFinder offers standard and premium reports. Standard reports include information such as: date of birth, aliases, phone number, address and address history, relatives, social media data, marriage and divorce records.

Premium reports include additional information such as: professional licenses, business associates, properties and assets, civil judgements, voter registrations, weapon permits and more.

TruthFinder offers a membership system and you can opt for a 1-month membership or a 3-month membership.

The 1-month membership is priced at $27.78 per month.  If you were to pull 1 report/day that would cost you less than 99 cents/report.

The 3-month membership is priced at $26 per month.

Both these subscriptions let you run unlimited searches for the chosen period (one or three months). The reports you get for this price are standard reports. If you want to get a premium report, it will cost you an additional $17.

TruthFinder also offers phone lookups for an additional $2.

Instant Checkmate

Instant Checkmate is the second-best background check service in our lineup. The company that launched the service has over 10 years of experience in this industry, which is why this service has become quite popular over the years. Instant Checkmate now boasts on more than 1.3 billion searches so far and their number continues to grow.

Just like TruthFinder, Instant Checkmate also offers standard and premium reports. Standard reports include information such as date of birth, address history, email addresses, social media profiles, phone number, arrest records, relatives, nearby sex offenders.

Premium reports add more information such as: old phone numbers, civil judgments, tax liens, neighbors, watercraft and aircraft owned, voter registration, corporate affiliations/business associates, properties and more.

Instant Checkmate follows the same pattern as TruthFinder when it comes to pricing as well. There are 1-month and 3-month subscriptions available for purchase.

The 1-month subscription is priced at $34.78 and the 3-month subscription is approximately $83.

You can also purchase a $1 trial for up to 5 days.

These subscriptions give you access to unlimited standard reports for 1 or 3 months, depending on the membership you opt for.

An upgrade to the Premium report will cost you an extra $19.99.


The number 3 position in our lineup is occupied by Verispy. This background check service is offered by a company based in Massachusetts and boasts on almost 10 million inquiries so far.

Verispy offers several types of searches, such as background checks, criminal records, reverse phone searches, email searches, arrest records, people search and more. A search takes only half a minute to complete.

Reports include information such as full name, date of birth, address (current and past), social media profiles, marriage and divorce records, court records such as bankruptcies, liens, criminal records and more.

Unlike the other two services, Verispy offers a single-report pass as well, if you just want to run a single search and you don’t want to pay for an entire month.

There are 3 types of passes to choose from:

  • Single-report pass that is priced at $19.95 and gives you access to just one report
  • One-week pass that is priced at $24.95 and gives you access to unlimited reports for a week
  • 30-day unlimited pass, which is priced at $29.95 and gives you access to unlimited reports for a month. If you opt for this pass, you also get a 5 or a 7-day trial.

These passes all come with Verispy’s 8-week money back guarantee.