A so-called “background check” is often understood to mean a formal review or investigation of a given individual’s identifying information, both historical and current, possibly including details concerning past circumstances and events. Often, these reports may include basic data, such as a person’s name, aliases, phone numbers, other contact information, and addresses. In many instances, background checks might include additional information regarding a person’s work history, education, and possibly even a criminal history (if one exists).
While many background checks may be performed in an official capacity using only an FCRA-approved service (which our site is NOT), members of the public are permitted to conduct certain varieties of “background checks” as a means to access aggregated public information when permitted in certain contexts. This information can be useful in a number of cases, such as reconnecting with a lost relative or checking out the safety of a blind date.
The information included in a background check is considered to be public information, but some data may not be readily available online, and thus may not be shown in a report. Conversely, some digital records may be harder to retrieve from their original sources, and may be more easily and readily available in one place through a background check service. Generally, what information you can access varies from state to state.
To learn more about each state’s specifics, click on a state name below to get more details.