This company is one of the more experienced names in the background search industry, having opened its doors in the late 1990s. The main focus of USSearch is to help employers gain valuable insight into potential hires by offering legal records in an easy database. Unlike other background search companies, USSearch requires that all reports be paid for - there is no free version of even the most basic information. Their information is pulled from background check companies, databases with public record information such as courthouses, and social media profiles.
USSearch states that it is their mission is to help consumers manage information so that they can be safer and more informed. The background check database Intelius is a product of USSearch, and they are also behind the high school class reconnection service, Classmates.
Number of Public Records
Having been around for so long, USSearch has amassed billions of public records, and they offer much more data points than competitors. A report from USSearch will include things such as:
- Bankruptcy information
- Property ownership information
- Marriage records
- Divorce records
- Comprehensive criminal history
- Tax liens
- Currently known contact information
One reason that USSearch doesn't rate very highly is due to the fact that you'll have to upgrade to the highest payment tier to get most of the valuable information. Many competitors offer basic courthouse records such as marriage records and divorce records in lower tiers. USSearch's lower tiers offers only basic contact information and criminal history. To get a more in-depth look at a person's history, you'll need to shell out some cash for the more advanced reports.
Ease of Use and Interface
The user experience at USSearch earns an average rating. Search options include just name, location, and age, which is better than some competitors and worse than others. The return of potential matches does include more preview information to help you narrow it down, though, including potential relatives, employment records, and educational facilities the person may have attended.
However, one big complaint with USSearch is in the interface's many unexplained links. As you search through potential matches, you'll see a variety of links that don't have any real reason to be there. Clicking on them leads you to an upsell page for USSearch's higer tiers.
USSearch allows you to save background checks for up to one year in the user dashboard. Rather than having you pay for a subscription service that allows you ongoing access, USSearch requires a one-time payment only. This is a bonus for those who don't need to perform multiple background checks every month.
Data quality is USSearch's main struggle compared to other services in this industry. The data is routinely revealed to be highly outdated and sometimes even false. In some tests, potential relatives that should have been shown weren't, and sometimes criminal offenses are not updated in this system for quite some time. In one test, even basic information like the person's birthday and phone carrier was wrong. This website does offer a very easy way to get a single background check with no subscription to worry about, but the trustworthiness of the data leaves a lot to be desired.
The website and data reporting operates on an average speed. It's easy to sign up and performing a search doesn't take that long. You also don't have to waste your time cancelling a subscription. Reports take a few minutes to generate, which is typical for a database of this size. Because this database isn't as flexible with filtering, you may spend a bit more time than average searching through matches, and the upsell links on the results page can also cause you to waste time. USSearch's customer service is known for being responsive.