US Search Background Check Review

Pros:

  • 👍 Generally accurate information
  • 👍 Lower prices than some companies
  • 👍 Reports are downloadable at no extra cost
  • 👍 Search options available

Cons:

  • 👎 Reports cannot be used for financial purposes
  • 👎 Reports are not chronologically arranged
  • 👎 Not good for marriage information
  • 👎 Complicated pricing structure

US Search is a website owned by Intelius, reviewed above. The company offers a cheaper alternative to Intelius' background checks with slightly different information provided. It also has a slightly different billing structure, although this is based on the same model as Intelius. US Search does not have apps for either Android or IOS. The company has an A rating with the BBB.

The background reports produced by US Search are not suitable for the purposes of making decisions regarding employment, lending or tenant screening due to its nor being compliant with the FCRA (Federal Credit Reporting Act). With that in mind, these reports are often best used for tracing people you wish to find again, checking on potential dates or getting relevant information on possible future business partners.

As is the norm, the reports include information on date of birth, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, marriage and divorce details, criminal record checks, court judgments, bankruptcies, real estate records, other legal information and social media accounts. The reports tend not to be as comprehensive as some of those provided by other companies, but the information is accurate and mostly up-to-date.

With the three subjects in the test, the information was generally accurate, although the service did struggle somewhat to find phone numbers, with mobile numbers often missing altogether. In addition, marriage records proved hard to come by, although this is by no means an uncommon problem in background checks. Inconsistency was one of the main problems but an accuracy rating of 85% means the reports are definitely of value.

The reports themselves are well presented and divided into easily readable sections. The information though was not presented chronologically which means it can be a bit troublesome to track down the specific information customers may require.

Prices are lower than Intelius which is reflected in the fact that the reports are slightly less comprehensive and marginally less accurate. A single report will cost a customer $39.95 or a much more basic report, containing only addresses, email addresses and relatives, can be purchased for only $2.45. If you are a frequent user of background checks then the monthly subscription of $19.95 is definitely an attractive proposition, although certain information may require further payments. The company offers what it calls an Omni Search option, similar in setup to the Premier Plus offer from Intelius. With US Search this offer lasts only two days and must be canceled within the 48 hour period to avoid automatically reverting to the monthly payment of $19.95.

In common with parent company Intelius, US Search has a fairly detailed section where frequently asked questions can be researched. The company's customer service phone number is given in the checkout section, on the receipt email and also in the section advising customers how to cancel their memberships.

As with Intelius, customers should make themselves aware of the pricing structures and policy to avoid going onto monthly subscription charges. Remember too that certain information can only be accessed through extra payments. US Search offers a cheaper option to Intelius, slightly less comprehensive, but definitely value for money.

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Work History
Timeline

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Pricing

Background Check Price $39.95
Subscription Price $19.95
People Search Report Price $2.45
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