Online background check services have become really popular nowadays. They are a valuable source of information that can save you a lot of research time. We’ve all wanted to find out information about certain people at least once in our life, whether it was a potential date, a co-worker, a neighbour, a former classmate we were trying to reconnect with and so on.
The more correct term for these online background check services we’re using is public records search service, because they gather their information from various public records: social media data, deep web data, federal, state and county records, even magazine subscriptions, voter registration, hunting/fishing licenses, supermarket reward cards and many more.
While these services are great sources of information, they are not FCRA compliant so you cannot use the information in the reports for employee or tenant screening, for determining credit eligibility and the like.
Which are the best background check services to consider?
PeopleFinders and Verispy are our top choices when it comes to online background check services.
PeopleFinders is one of the most affordable background check services on the market. The company that developed the service is based in Callifornia and has been around for more than 20 years.
How much does it cost?
There are several billing options you can go with: single background check or full access membership (people search membership or background report membership).
The standard monthly membership is approx. $25/month.
A single background check report will cost you $39.95.
A people search report with no legal data included is $1.95. You also have to pay 50 cents to download the report.
PeopleFinders also includes an affordable 3-day trial for approximately $4.
The people search membership includes:
- Addresses (past and current)
- The date of birth
- Known aliases
- Potential relatives
- Property records
The background report membership includes:
- All the above mentioned
- Marriage/divorce records
- Criminal records
- Sex offender records
- Judgments an liens
- Bankruptcies and more
There are also several types of searches available: you can also do reverse phone searches, searches based on the address, zip code, area code.
The reports generated by PeopleFinders are accurate but could be a bit more organized. Unlike with other services, the information is not displayed in a timeline, to make it easier to read and find.
The Verispy service was developed by a company based in Massachusetts. Verispy takes pride in more than 9 millions of inquiries so far.
How much does it cost?
Just like People Finders, Verispy also has several pricing options. You can opt for a single report access pass for a one-time fee of $19.95. You can also opt for a one-week access pass for $24.95 (also a one-time fee).
Another option would be the 30-day unlimited access pass, for $29.95 (one-time fee).
Verispy also comes with 2 trial options: the 5 day unlimited access trial and the 7 day trial. They are both available only for users who want to sign up for a monthly subscription.
What is included?
Verispy uses more than a billion public and proprietary databases to find out information. A Verispy report includes all the common info offered by background check services:
- contact details
- potential relatives and neighbors
- criminal records
- civil judgments
- marriage and divorce records
- court records
- birth records, death records and more.
One of the best things about Verispy is that it is among the fastest background check services on the market. Your search takes no more than 30 seconds and you can search someone using their full name and the state of residence, their email or their phone number.
Verispy has a user-friendly interface, it is transparent about its pricing and offers accurate reports.