PROS / A background check report is very easy to read.
CONS / You don’t get complete criminal history on a person without paying extra.
VERDICT / Instant Checkmate gives you a lot of different data in a background report that has a clean design, but the information you receive isn’t complete unless you pay more money.
Instant Checkmate excels at design. Its website, graphics and background reports are all clean and attractive, which makes site navigation and understanding a report very easy. The best background check companies focus on accuracy, and Instant Checkmate does offer mostly correct data, though the information is incomplete. If you’re looking for bankruptcy or court judgment information, you have to pay more to see it. And although an online background check provides you criminal history, you don’t get all of it without paying an extra fee to see what Instant Checkmate refers to as "highly protected" criminal records.
In the contact information section of the report, there is a list of possible related persons, and in our testing, Instant Checkmate did a good job of correlating relatives to the people we searched. You can extend your search by viewing those relatives’ background reports, too, if you would like. If they’re available, you get social media profiles included with a background report, which can be helpful if you’re looking for more contact information or if you need leads for further investigation. You can also see marriage and divorce records based on their availability. Also included with Instant Checkmate’s background reports are licenses, such as FAA and DEA licenses, if they’re available and applicable. In addition to all of the background information, you also can conduct an astrological compatibility test between yourself and the person you’ve searched.
Conducting a search for a person on Instant Checkmate’s website is easy enough, and you can search using parameters such as name, age and approximate location. You have a long wait compared to other services, as the site performs searches and shows the progress with loading screens – there are at least three of these. The preview you get contains possible matches and information about each, such as aliases, ages, locations and relatives. Once you purchase a report, you can click each category listed on the left and view personal information, arrest records, social accounts, licenses and more. Each section of the report includes an explanation of what sort of information you’ll find within. There is a dashboard where you access the reports you’ve purchased, and they are organized chronologically. The dashboard also shows your account status with the type of account you have.
Instant Checkmate’s FAQs section includes a variety of information, such as what you can do with the data you find and what you can’t do with that data, among other helpful tips. Customer support is available by phone and email. When we contacted customer service, we received a reply by email the same day.
The majority of the information in the reports we purchased for our test subjects was correct, but it was also incomplete, especially compared to the best background check services. However, if you’re looking for social media profiles, contact information or a limited criminal background check, Instant Checkmate can provide you with that material.