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Public records can help you uncover a plethora of information. These record searches are secure and offer you the convenience of finding the information you need quickly. Retrievable information includes: property and neighborhood profiles, criminal/ court history, names and aliases, judgments and liens, and address history.

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Geographical Considerations

- VERIFY HIS/HER NAME AND ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER

You can verify your subject's name, address and phone number in a variety of ways, as follows:
  1. Start with a local telephone directory or directory assistance.
    • Verify that his name, as listed, corresponds with the address and/or phone number he gave you.
    • If there's any doubt, call the phone number he/she gave you and verify that he lives there.
  2. If they are not listed, look him/her up in an online criss-cross directory, like addresses.com or Bigfoot.com (Many libraries have a print criss-cross directory called the Haynes Directory.)
    • Enter his/her address to verify his/her name
    • Or enter his/her phone number to verify his/her address
    • Or enter his/her address or name to verify his/her phone number
  3. Run a Social Security Trace or National Identifier to get his/her name, present and past addresses, and social security number. This may or may not require the help of a professional. You may be able to complete an SSN search at our partner site.

- VERIFY HIS/HER AGE

  1. Check his/her birth certificate.
  2. Check his/her marriage license.
  3. Check his/her Department of Motor Vehicle records. (Accessibility varies by state.)
  4. Check his/her voters registration records.(Accessibility varies by state.)
  5. Run a Social Security Trace.
Other sources:
  • Occupational licensing authorities
  • High School//College yearbooks
  • Associations
  • Court records of civil/criminal litigation

- VERIFY MARITAL STATUS

  1. Check his/her marriage license.
  2. Review credit applications. [Requires the services of an information professional.]
  3. Run a Social Security Trace or National Identifier. [May require the services of an information professional.]
  4. Check for a divorce record at the State Department of Vital Statistics.
  5. Check for a divorce filing via county courthouse civil records.

- DETERMINE IF HE/SHE HAS CHILDREN

  1. Call local schools and daycare centers
  2. Call the State Child Support Office.
  3. Conduct an atlas search (interviews of neighbors). [May require the services of an information professional, or neighbors' phone numbers can be obtained from a criss-cross directory.]

- DETERMINE HIS/HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Note: In accessing and using your subject's social security number, you should make sure you are not invading his/her legitimate privacy rights. You should be aware, for example, that it is illegal under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to use a social security number to access a subject's personal credit history except for certain specific permissible purposes.
  1. A subject's social security number may be available in voter's registration records.
  2. May be obtainable in DMV records.
  3. Generally found on marriage licenses.
  4. Can sometimes be obtained through civil litigation files, especially divorce files, paternity suits, child support orders, and court summons in a civil action.
  5. Tax liens may provide this information.
  6. Can usually be obtained quickly through a National Identifier Search [Requires the services of an information professional]. (Signed release required)
Employers: Already have an SSN provided by your applicant and want to verify that it's valid? Click here to use our partner's employment screeng service. [Requires compliance with the Federal Credit Reporting Act and a signed release.]

LITIGATION HISTORY

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CIVIL SUITS FILED AGAINST HIM/HER OR BY HIM/HER?

  1. Higher and lower county courts: check the county courthouse.
  2. Federal litigation: check federal court records.

IS HE/SHE OR HAS HE/SHE EVER BEEN BANKRUPT?

  1. Check the Federal District Court.
  2. Check PACER, the Federal Judiciary's centralized electronic access point for court records.
  3. Check bankruptcydata.com for business bankruptcies.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

DOES HE/SHE HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD?

Note: There is no publicly-available central repository for criminal records. Most experts advise that, at a minimum, you should check the subject's current county of residence, plus his state of residence.

  1. Check at the county court level.
  2. Check at the state court level.
  3. Check at the federal court level.
  4. Other
    1. Is he/she on the U.S. Government's Most Wanted List?
    2. Is he/she on the World's Most Wanted List?
    3. Is he/she a sexual predator? (This is a state-by-state search.)

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

DID HE/SHE GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE? IF SO, WHAT DEGREE OR DEGREES DOES HE/SHE HAVE?
  • For this information, you can visit the college registrar's office.

PROFESSIONAL/OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND

  1. Here's a list of common professional/occupational associations and licensing authorities
  2. Check the Encyclopedia of Associations (Gale Publishing Co.) at your local library to locate an association for members of his profession or occupation
  3. Run a check to determine if he's published anything, has a website, or contributes to online forums.

BUSINESS BACKGROUND

  • Does he/she own a business? Using search engines like Google, MSN, and Yahoo, you may be able to determine if he/she is associated or owns any businesses. You can also gather information on the background of the business if it's been covered in any online an offline channels such as blogs, online news sites, or print media.
  • Is he a corporate officer?

MILITARY RECORDS

  • Is he/she currently serving in, or was he/she honorably discharged from the military?

LIFESTYLE EVALUATION

  • Clues to his/her personal lifestyle. (Be aware that access to his medical records without his permission is illegal.)
  • Find out what people think of him/her. It's not uncommon for individuals to have profiles on online social networking sites. Using this information, you can get some insight into one's lifestyle and background.