Editor's Note: BeenVerified has recently updated its pricing. See below for more details.
Running a background check is a good way to find information about someone’s work history, and BeenVerified is the best service to use to find that information. It provides quality information in its reports, though you must pay for a subscription to use the service. If you would rather purchase individual reports, Intelius is a better option.
Background check services should include information about a person’s addresses, email accounts and phone numbers in their reports. In addition, a good report includes details about legal records such as marriages, homes or businesses the person owns, and criminal histories. Keep in mind that you can’t use the information obtained from this service to make lending, hiring or renting decisions. In those cases, you need to consult a consumer reporting agency.
We purchased reports for three people and had those individuals check the information for accuracy. In general, we found BeenVerified to be fairly accurate. It typically listed accurate phone numbers and emails, though sometimes it included one or two wrong email addresses. However, it listed mobile numbers, something other background checks struggled with. Like many background check services we tested, it had problems with marriages, often listing a subject’s spouse as a relative but not including the partnership under the appropriate section.
If you’re interested in finding assets or businesses someone owns, you may need to pay extra for a property report. When we did, we were disappointed to see the report didn’t estimate the properties’ values.
One way BeenVerified stands out is it includes work history in its reports. This list was more comprehensive than others, listing jobs other services missed. You could potentially use BeenVerified to run a report on yourself to help fill in a resume.
You need to sign up for a subscription to get a report from BeenVerified – you can’t purchase them individually. It costs $22.86 a month or $1486 for a three month subscrition. If you want multiple reports, a subscription may be a good idea, though you need to remember to cancel. You can download reports for an additional $2.99.
BeenVerified is one of the easiest services to search with. We had no trouble finding our subjects, no matter how common their names. You can include middle names, cities and states to narrow the results.
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