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Intelius review

Intelius offers all-inclusive online people search and online consumer background check services to meet your needs.

Intelius Background Check review
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Our Verdict

Intelius' reports contain important, useful information and are well designed. As such, it is a good site to use to run background checks.


  • Reports are thorough and complete
  • Different types of reports, based on your needs
  • Also offers a monthly subscription


  • You can't download copies of the reports you run
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Intelius review: Intelius' tiers of service

Intelius is our pick for the best background check service overall and it offers different tiers of service. For individual reports, you can order a people search, people search plus, and a full background check. These reports contain different information, and are priced according to the types of records they reveal. 

The people search report includes:

  •  A person’s full name, known aliases, age, and date of birth.  
  •  Known address and phone history.
  •  Any known relatives .

 The people search plus report includes:

  •  A person’s full name, known aliases, age, and date of birth.  
  •  Known address and phone history. 
  •  Any known relatives. 
  •  Known social channels and accounts. 
  •  Known email addresses. 
  •  Known employment and education history. 

 The background check report is the most comprehensive, and includes:

  •  A person’s full name, known aliases, age, and date of birth.  
  •  Known address and phone history. 
  •  Any known relatives.  
  •  Known social channels and accounts. 
  •  Known email addresses. 
  •  Known employment and education history. 
  •  Criminal records. 
  •  Marriage and divorce records. 
  •  Judgments, lawsuits, bankruptcies, and liens.  

Intelius also offers a premium membership subscription, which allows a subscriber to perform an unlimited number of people searches for a monthly fee. 

Intelius review: People search and background check 

When performing a people search or buying a background check report, it’s important to get the most complete information possible, and Intelius’ reports are some of the most comprehensive and accurate we saw among background check companies. It also has reasonable prices and subscription and single-report buying options, making it a better option than Spokeo for complete background checks and our choice for the top company overall. 

To get an idea of what Intelius’ background checks include and how accurate they are, we purchased reports for three people and had them review the information to check for mistakes. We were pleased to find that Intelius is one of the most reliable background check services.

Generally, a background check includes information about a subject’s addresses, email accounts, phone numbers and relatives. More comprehensive reports include information about criminal records, court judgments, marriages and assets. Some also include details about work history and social media accounts.

Our reports from Intelius were the most up to date and among the most accurate. They listed current email addresses and phone numbers for most of our subjects, including some entries other services omitted. However, Intelius was more inconsistent than other sites we tested. Depending on whose report we looked at, some sections were sparsely populated with data – this may be due to the states the people live in.

Intelius successfully found information about legal matters. For example, its report listed an LLC registered by one of our subjects, which most other background checks we ran missed. It also listed assets owned by our subjects, along with estimated values.

The areas Intelius was most inconsistent in were marriages and addresses. In some reports, it didn’t include any information about the subject’s marriage, even though everyone we purchased reports for is married. It also consistently included incorrect addresses alongside the accurate ones. One of our subjects moved recently, and their new address wasn’t listed, so the reports may not reflect changes made in the last six months. Intelius’ reports can include information about social media accounts, though it didn’t find any during our tests.

Intelius has pretty standard prices. A single background check report costs $39.95. You can purchase a scaled-down report that doesn’t include criminal or legal information for $6.95. A bare-bones people search report costs $3.95. A subscription costs $19.95 a month and may be worth paying for if you need reports for multiple people. One disadvantage of Intelius is you can’t download the reports you pay for, though they save to your account so you can access them later.

We also evaluated how easy it is to search for people on the services’ sites. Intelius was one of the easiest to use, and we had no trouble finding our subjects, no matter how common their names. There are options to filter by middle name and city, which narrows results significantly, especially when searching for people with common names. However, there isn’t a blank or null option in the filter. As such, if you’re looking for someone who doesn’t have a middle name, you can’t use that information to narrow your results. You can also search by phone number and email address.

Intelius review: Intelius' other services

In addition to people search and background check services, Intelius offers a range of other search options to allow you to cross-reference the results from your people search or background check reports. These are:

  • Reverse phone search: Search a phone number and you may find out who is calling you. 
  • Criminal records check: Search a name and you can order a report for a state-wide criminal check or a nation-wide criminal check. 
  • Reverse address search: Search an address and you may find out who lives there. 

Intelius review: People search and background check disclaimer

Performing a people search or a background check may reveal information about the person whose name you are searching for, but as you search, keep these tips in mind:

  • Your results may not be accurate, complete, current, or available: Consumer background checks pull information from digitized public records. Not all states digitize their public records, so the information you're looking for may not be available online. Some information may be associated to the wrong name, especially if the person's name you're searching has a very common name. Finally, this information may be pulled from sources that are not necessarily government entities and therefore unreliable, so the information you find may be incorrect. 
  • Consumer background checks do not abide by the FCRA law: Simply put, because the information you find in the reports produced by consumer background check websites like Intelius and others is not necessarily accurate or current, customers are not authorized to use the reports to determine one's eligibility for employment, tenancy, credit, insurance, or any other reason determined by the FCRA law.