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Instant Checkmate Background Check Service: Is it good or bad?

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When it comes to internet-based background check services, Instant Checkmate is one of the most popular names in the industry. It is one of the most reputable services on the market and that reputation has been built in over 10 years. Instant Checkmate takes pride in almost 1.4 billion searches so far.

Just like most of its competitors, Instant Checkmate sees itself as more of a public records search service, although people usually refer to it as a background check service. The common trait shared by all these services (such as Instant Checkmate, Verispy, TruthFinder and so on) is the fact that they are not FCRA compliant. What that means is that you can only use the information in the reports to inform yourself. You can’t use these services for professional purposes such as screening candidates for a job, screening tenants, give or deny credit, blackmail or harass a person and so on.

What does Instant Checkmate offer?

There are several types of searches you can perform using Instant Checkmate:

  • People searches
  • Reverse phone lookup
  • Email searches
  • Location searches

Instant Checkmate also has a mobile app available, but unfortunately it is only compatible with Android devices. You can download it for free on the Play Store.

Instant Checkmate has two types of reports to offer: the Standard report and the Premium report.

The Standard report includes all the basic information you usually find in a background check report:

  • Personal info
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • E-mail address/es
  • Social media profile
  • Potential relatives of the searched person
  • Criminal records
  • Sex offenders located in the area

The Premium report is more comprehensive. In addition to all the information included in the Standard report, the Premium report also includes:

  • Voter registration
  • Civil judgements
  • Tax liens
  • Neighbors
  • Owned properties
  • Foreclosures
  • Business affiliations

What is the price of Instant Checkmate?

Instant Checkmate offers two types of subscriptions: a one-month subscription and a three-month subscription. Both of them give you access only to the Standard report offered by Instant Checkmate.

The price of the one-month subscription is $34.78.

The price of the three-month subscription is $83.47.

Both of them offer unlimited reports for that specific period of time (one month or three months).

Instant Checkmate offers a very affordable trial as well, for a period of 5 days. You can benefit from the trial for the price of only $1 per day.

If you want to upgrade to the Premium report, you have to pay an additional $19.99.

The information offered by Instant Checkmate is overall accurate and up to date. The reports are neatly organized and easy to read.

Instant Checkmate gets its information by analyzing millions of public records, including internet data, information provided by state and government.

Overall, Instant Checkmate is a reliable and trust-worthy service. It is not expensive and it is easy to use. Customer support is also at your disposal by e-mail and phone, each day of the week, between 5 am and 10 pm (except from holidays).