Do's & Don'ts - Permitted and Prohibited Uses

BeenVerified's mission is to give people easy and affordable access to public record information. However, laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulate how you can use information you obtain from BeenVerified.

You are restricted from using BeenVerified for:

Employment Screening

You may not use BeenVerified when evaluating a person for employment, reassignment, promotion, or retention

Hiring of Household Workers

Including, but not limited to, nannies and domestic workers

Tenant Screening

Including, but not limited to, leasing a residential or commercial space

Educational Qualification

Including, but not limited to, a person’s qualifications for an educational program or scholarship

Credit or Insurance

Assessing the risk of existing credit obligations of an individual
Determining eligibility for issuing credit or insurance

Business Transactions Initiated by an Individual Customer

Reviewing a personal customer account to determine whether the person continues to meet the terms of the account

Considering someone looking to be an adoptive parent or pet-owner

Evaluating someone as a candidate to adopt a pet, service animal, human or any other item under consideration for entrusting in someone's care or custodianship

Vetting someone in connection with a charity or non-profit

Eligibility or fitness of someone to participate in, be considered for, admitted to, or to be a beneficiary or recipient (or otherwise entitle someone to gain from), any non-profit, grant or charitable program or activity

Using BeenVerified information in these ways violates both our Terms & Conditions and the law, and can lead to possible criminal penalties. We take this very seriously, and reserve the right to terminate user accounts and/or report violators to law enforcement as appropriate.

Below are a few examples of some of the ways you can and can’t use public record information from BeenVerified. If you still are not sure whether your use of BeenVerified is OK, we encourage you to review our complete Terms & Conditions, which provide the final say on how you can use information from BeenVerified, or to Contact Us. If you wish to use information for a purpose that is not allowed by BeenVerified, please visit the website of a Consumer Reporting Agency.


Find Lost Love

BeenVerified loves Hearing Stories about how people use public records to reconnect with people.


Employer Background Checks

Employers can’t use BeenVerified to conduct background checks of employees and applicants. We take this very seriously and so should you.


Verify Potential Roommates

Before you commit to that lease, find out who you’ll be living with.


Screen Tenants

You have to use a special company called a Consumer Reporting Agency to conduct a background check on potential tenants – it’s the law!


Scope Out Your Online Date

Public records are a great tool, but remember - nothing replaces intuition and common sense.


Contact People Against Their Wishes

If they don’t want to be contacted, you should respect their wishes.


Find Someone’s Current Address

Sending invitations and greeting cards has never been easier.


Stalk or Spy on People

Use BeenVerified responsibly and respect peoples’ right to privacy.


Go Ahead, Check Yourself Out

It is not silly, it is important. You should know what is in your public record.


Steal an Identity

Identity theft is a serious offense with serious consequences. Don’t do it!


Verify Online Buyers and Sellers

Before you bid, make sure that person on the online auction site is who he says he is.


Mortgages, Credit Checks, Insurance

You might be committing a crime if you use BeenVerified to determine consumers’ eligibility for these.


Lookup a Nanny or Domestic Help

You must follow the same procedure for running a background check that employers hiring an applicant must follow.

Some Other Common Use Cases

  • Met a new crush online? Check 'em out.
  • Thinking about setting up a new carpool for the kids? Have a look.
  • Want to reconnect with people from back in the old neighborhood? Most welcome.
  • Address book in need of an updating? Clean it up.
  • Curious about distant relatives and other family members? Research away.
  • Interested to see what is in your public record? Take a gander.
  • Trying to set up your friend with that lovely person you met on the plane? You are a matchmaker.
  • Not sure who is behind that unknown number that keeps calling? Run a reverse phone search.
  • Sending invitations or greeting cards? Life just got easier.
  • Researching a story and need that big lead? I smell a Pulitzer.
  • Organizing a reunion back in the old neighborhood? My how you've grown.
  • New neighbors moved next door? Find some common ground.
  • Relying on good old Craigslist? It need not be such a mystery.
  • Looking to connect with someone on Facebook? Search our reports to find social profiles.

For Access to a Consumer Reporting Agency, Visit These Sites:

Links to these third party sites are provided for convenience only. BeenVerified does not endorse these sites.


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