Most Commonly Asked Questions About Background Checks?
1. Does it matter which Background Check site you choose?
Yes, absolutely. Services like TruthFinder
are most likely pulling from different sets of databases and public records to assemble information about people. If you searched the exact same person on each site you could discover a massive criminal record on one site but on others just 1-2 lines or even nothing at all! When you are evaluating Background Check sites, its important to look for one that has current databases and public records… not 3-5 year old records!
2. What is a Background Check?
A Background check is a compiled report of all known public records about someone that can reveal their entire past. This comprehensive report on a person can help you in many ways including locating past friends and relatives, researching a lover or even looking up yourself! Some or all of the background check websites we review are not “Credit Reporting Agencies” and may not be used for any FCRA compliant screening including employment, housing, insurance or any other reason that is covered under the FCRA.
3. Why not use a free people search or public records site?
It can be helpful to start your research on free people search or public record sites. They often contain very basic information. However, just as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for!” These free sites have terrible, old databases that are often create more questions than answers! If you are serious about uncovering someone’s past, you need to use a paid background check site to search.
4. What are the Best Background Check Sites?
This can be a tough question to answer as it depends on your needs! Over 90% of our visitors choose TruthFinder
and it won the best overall background check site for 2017. You can see why we have TruthFinder as our #1 choice by reading our full TruthFinder Review
. However, some visitors may prefer to go with more expensive options that can include expanded social network services, bankruptcy record searches, marriage and divorce records & more. Others choose to go with sites like BeenVerified
that have great mobile apps and make it really easy to search on the go. Read our full BeenVerified Review
along with reviews of our other top background check websites and evaluate for yourself which service is right for you and your needs!
Disclaimer: We are compensated by some of the companies we review. Some or all of the background check providers reviewed here are not "Consumer Reporting Agencies" (as defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.) Since they are not Consumer Reporting Agencies, they may not be used for decision, assessing or researching about employment, housing, insurance, credit or for any other purpose covered under the FCRA.