Pros / You can search by phone number.
Cons / Reports don’t include information about work history.
Verdict / USA People Search provides good information about addresses and criminal history, but its reports have large gaps in other information.
USA People Search’s background checks may prove useful if you’re looking for a limited set of information. However, they’re not as comprehensive as Intelius’ reports, so you may want to explore other options.
To get an idea of what USA People Search’s reports are like, we purchased background checks for three people. We then had each person check their report for omissions and inaccuracies. A good background check includes basic information like addresses, email accounts, phone numbers and relatives as well as higher-tier information such as criminal history, legal judgements and marriages.
We found that USA People Search’s background checks were accurate in certain areas. For example, they included good information about addresses, relatives and criminal records. However, the reports often didn’t include data about emails or phone numbers, which limits the service’s usefulness as a tool to reconnect with lost friends or family members. It also struggled with marriages, sometimes listing incorrect spouses.
Generally, the information USA People Search provided was current. However, one of our subjects had moved recently, and it didn’t list their current address – USA People Search’s reports may not reflect information that has changed in the last six months.
USA People Search’s prices compare well against its competitors’. It charges $39.95 per report, or you can sign up for a subscription, which costs $24.95 per month. The company also sells scaled-down reports that include addresses, phone numbers and emails for $1.95. You can download the reports you run for 99 cents each.
We also evaluated how easy it is to search for the people you’re looking for on USA People Search. In general, we were able to find the people we searched for, even those with common names. It helps to provide as much information as possible, including middle names and cities. The company doesn’t have as many search options as other services, though you can search by phone number.