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How To Find Background Information And Do A Criminal Check?

Updated on October 22, 2012

How To Find Someone's Background Information Online For Free

Whether it's a tenant just about to move into your house, an interviewee you're considering for the manager position at your business, or the nanny you want to hire to look after your kids while you're at work, you would want to make sure these individuals have a clean record and are someone you can trust with such prized possessions as your children, house and business. So now you want their background information.

Maybe you're just looking to find a long lost friend or relative online for free?

Well you've come to the right place. On this page I am going to go over the biggest public state registry websites on the web and help you figure out which one is the best for you and help answer your question on how to find background information for someone.

Finding someone in the U.S.A. is pretty simple and easy nowadays, usually just a full name can suffice to get access to get very personal details, such as:

- Phone numbers

- Address

- Martial status and Aliases

- Date of Birth and Death Index

- Neighbours and Relatives Contact info

- Business Records

- Property Records

- and more.

Background Information Check - what does it mean?

So what is this chit-chat about background information checks all about?

When you run a background check on an individual, you are basically trying to find out a host of important information on that person. Public records or those information open to the public is the source of the background check information but whatever information is searched for, falls under the purview of law. You cannot run illegal checks on any individual.

Therefore, background checks are 100% legal and are actually encouraged by police departments nationwide for people hiring for perilous and dicey positions such as nannies, drivers, tenants and the like.

Through background check you can get to unearth facts and background information like designation at work, workplace address, legal name, legal address etc. You can choose to uncover as many facts about a person as you want to depending on the depth of the search and the kind of company you appoint to run the check.

So you ask, what are the kinds of background check information that can be unearthed?

Through background check, you can piece together vital bits of information such as occupation, business address, and address of residence, legal name, phone numbers, property records, marital status, criminal records and others. You can place your order for a certain background check with a company that indulges in these kinds of things within a few minutes. It really doesn't take much time. You can get hold of these background check companies online, which will add to your convenience.

How To Conduct A Background Search And Find Personal Information On People

There are some free methods of conducting a background check online where you can do your search for someone online for free. Like any kind of research, you can use the Google, Yahoo, Ask, or any search engine for your search and the personal information that you want about the person can be used as an identifier. An identifier could either be the name, address, email address, phone number or social security number.

A different approach to finding someone's personal information online is to conduct a search on a social networking site that has millions of members from around the world. In these types of sites, you have to first create your own profile (where you can put as little or as much information as you like) or you can join as a member on these sites, which them allows you to complete your search.

Both methods are good for different needs. If you just need to know whether a telephone number exists or what (general) city it is from, then the free search engines are for you.

However, the accuracy and reliability of these completely free databases is not information that you can depend on. The data in these databases are taken from public sources or databases, which are not only prone to fraud and false representation, but the updating of the databases is not regular. You could get some information that is totally obsolete and could possibly prove dangerous or disadvantageous to you (referring to scenarios I posted previously).

The good news is that there are some very legitimate companies that offer background check services for free. Yes you read that right, these legitimate services are FREE for you to conduct a background search on people. All these sites require is you signing up and becoming a member on their site which is at no cost to you! All you do is sign up as a FREE MEMBER and you will have access to millions of names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, social security information and in some cases, pictures! an affordable price.

On a final note, these are of course people search engines that require you to pay a small fee to obtain information from their site and this is for those people that are looking for 100% reliable, accurate and most updated information on a person. These are of course reputable companies that have a good reputation to protect and maintain so they update their databases regularly to avoid members and users gathering inaccurate and obsolete information. This helps give them a good name so more people will use their search engines as they are trusted. By becoming a paid member on one of these reputable sites, you will have an unlimited access to a database of millions of people with all their background information.

Would you rather pay for a background information search?

What do you prefer, to pay to do a background information search on people or would you rather getting the information for free?

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    • Rachelsokol profile image

      Rachel Sokol 

      12 months ago from East Coast

      nice read! it is very easy to find information via open source intel.

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      5 years ago

      Great advise. For anyone that needs to run a free background check try this site

      You can do something called a scan for free. See details on site. Good luck.

    • siobhanryan profile image


      7 years ago

      Great article

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      7 years ago

      Great lens!Thanks!

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      Ronald Tucker 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I first used an internet service called that was free and pretty accurate...this was over 8 years ago. is a good site to use for locating and background searches.

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      9 years ago

      Awesome lens, love the great ideas,Fantastic selection


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