BeenVerified offers a robust background check service, but sometimes a search will come up empty. There are a few different reasons that this could occur. Some of the reasons are due to innocuous explanations, such as the person not establishing a public record or the material not being digitized. In other cases, the lack of a public record may serve as its own red flag that, perhaps, the person is not who he or she appears to be.
First, is the person you’re trying to find an adult? Public records are generally going to be in the name of a homeowner, the person responsible for paying the bills, etc. If a person is a minor or a young adult who is still financially dependent upon parents, then it is entirely possible that his or her information is not going to be part of the public record.
Even older adults may avoid having their information become public if they live with roommates, have utilities in other names, and use disposable phone services. For younger people, the fact that they aren’t in the public record isn’t really a red flag; in many ways, it is to be expected.
However, for older people, a total lack of a public record can serve as its own red flag, especially if your introduction to that person came later in life. While not impossible, it is somewhat rare for someone to entirely avoid having some information in the public record.
The next question to ask is whether the person is who they claim to be. One reason that BeenVerified may be unable to locate the person that you’re seeking is that the person does not exist. The person may be using an alias.
In other instances, the explanation may be far less nefarious. The person may be shaving a few years off of a birthdate in order to appear younger or using a nickname. If so, then a search using the known information may not return any results. Expanding search parameters may help you find the information that you’re seeking. Using BeenVerified’s People Search function with expanded possibilities for first name or date of birth might even help you narrow down the missing person.
Sometimes, you know the person’s identity is accurate, and you even know that there is some public information available about them, but it did not show up in a Background Check. The easiest explanation for these omissions is that a BeenVerified Background Check is going to focus on material that has been digitized. If it has not been digitized, then it’s not going to show up on a standard background check.
However, if you need access to court documents that have not been digitized, BeenVerified offers a service that most online background check companies do not: real, live court runners. These court runners can head down to courthouses or country clerk offices to search for records in person, giving you access to documents that have not yet been digitized, without requiring you to go to a courthouse in person.
Remember, if you ever have trouble finding what you’re looking for we are here to help.