Did you ever wish you’d know more about your work colleague or how to track down an old friend or former classmate? Background check services can do all that for you and more. They are great online services that browse through a vast amount of public records to extract important information on someone. All that information is put into a single, organized and easy to read report. All you have to do is pay for it and read it.
How to choose a background check service?
We will assume that you need a background check service for personal use and not for employment, tenant screening and other professional reasons. Most online background check services, including Instant Checkmate, don’t recommend you to use their reports for such reasons anyway and their reports are merely informative. Having clarified that, here are some essential aspects to consider before paying for any background check service:
- How affordable the service is. Background check services usually charge you around $30-$50 per month, so make sure you don’t overpay
- The most important thing in a background check report is to be accurate. If addresses, phone numbers and so on, are no longer available or valid and information is outdated, there’s a waste of money right there. Read reviews on the service you want to sign up with and make sure it is reliable and offers accurate reports
- How readable are the reports? Is the information on them well structured and organized? The best way to find that out is to choose a service that offers a free trial so that you can test before you buy
- How long does it take for the report to be completed? You don’t want to waste half an hour waiting for a report to be available
Is Instant Checkmate any good?
Instant Checkmate is over 10 years old in this industry and takes pride in more than 1,3 billion searches and counting.
This public records search service offers several types of searches: people searches, email searches, location searches and reverse phone lookup.
It can be helpful for several purposes: to find out information on your neighbors, friends, coworkers, internet sellers and buyers, social media friends, former classmates, yourself and more.
What NOT to use Instant Checkmate for
While Instant Checkmate can be a valuable tool for personal use, it is not a Consumer Reporting Agency, so there are things you can’t do with it:
- Use the information in your reports to determine the eligibility of someone who needs credit or wants to apply for an insurance
- You can’t use Instant Checkmate for employment or tenant screening
- You can’t use it to determine educational or scholarship qualifications
Instant Checkmate gets its information from various public records, from criminal and arrest records to voter registration, census data, sex offender registration files, social media profiles, email addresses, phone numbers and more.
What is the pricing for Instant Checkmate?
There are two subscriptions offered by Instant Checkmate: a 1-month subscription and a 3-month subscription. The 1-month subscription costs $34.78 and the 3-month subscription costs $83.47.
Both subscriptions include unlimited standard reports for that period of time.
There is also a $1 per day trial included, for 5 days.
Instant Checkmate offers Standard and Premium reports. If you want to upgrade to the Premium report, you have to pay an additional $19.99.
Here is some of the info contained in a Standard report:
- Date of birth
- Phone numbers
- Social media profiles
- Address history (current address and past)
- Email addresses
- Nearby sex offenders
- Arrest records
- Relatives of the person
If you upgrade to the Premium report, you also get:
- Old phone numbers
- Civil judgments
- Corporate affiliations and business associates
- Tax liens
- Voter registration
- Properties owned
- Watercraft and aircraft owned and more