Pros / US Search has low prices and accurate reports.
Cons / Reports are not organized chronologically.
Verdict / US Search had accurate reports and is one of the most affordable background check services.
As we reviewed background check companies, we compared the quality of their reports, their pricing and how easy they make it to search for people. Based on what we found, US Search offers the best value, with low prices and useful reports.
US Search is one of the most affordable background search companies we looked at. A report costs $39.95, which is one of the lower prices we saw for a comprehensive report. You can purchase scaled-down versions that only include addresses, emails and relatives for $2.45. A subscription costs $19.95 a month and may be a good idea if you want multiple reports, though you may have to pay additional fees to get certain information.
Keep in mind that these background checks are best used to find people you’ve lost track of or to check on a date or potential business partner. The information in these reports can’t be used to make lending, renting or employment decisions. If you need a background check for one of those purposes, you must use a consumer reporting agency.
We purchased reports for three people and checked to see if the included information was accurate and up to date. Typical background checks include information about addresses, emails, phone numbers and relatives. However, the best reports include legal information like criminal records, assets, court judgements and marriages. US Search’s reports weren’t as comprehensive as those from other companies.
Still, US Search generally provided accurate information, though its reports weren’t as accurate as those from Instant Checkmate. US Search struggled the most with phone numbers, often missing mobile phone numbers completely. It fared better with emails, though there were often omissions. However, in some cases, it listed emails other services failed to find.
This service did a good job finding addresses and relatives. It tended to be up to date, though one of our subjects had moved recently, and their current address wasn’t listed – there may be a lag if a person’s situation has changed in the last six months.
US Search struggled with marriage records, though that wasn’t uncommon for the services we tested. It often listed a spouse as a relative but didn’t flag them in the marriage section. In addition, it listed a house owned by one of our subjects as still belonging to the previous owner. This service’s background checks also list work history and social media information.
The reports are well laid out and divided into sections that are easy to navigate. However, information isn’t organized chronologically, which is useful if you’re trying to find the person’s most recent address.
We considered how easy it is to search for people using these services. It can be time-consuming to comb through results, especially if you’re looking for someone with a common name. US Search has many options for refining your search, including by middle name, city and state, so you are likely to find the person you’re looking for.