The Difference Between A People Search, Background Check, And Public Records Report

PeopleFinders offers a variety of useful reports. They all contain data that is pulled from public records. If you’re looking for information about someone, but haven’t ordered a report before, you may not be sure which one is right for you.

To help, here’s a guide that explains the differences between a people search, a public records report and a background check.

People Search Report

A people search report does just what its names suggests: it helps you find people. You may want to locate and reconnect with an old friend, long-lost relative, classmate or former colleague. Or you may have met someone recently, but lost their phone number.

Regardless of why you may want to find a person, you can rely on a people search to find them quickly and easily. You can search for people using their full name, nickname or alias. Or there are alternate searches you could do, starting with an old phone number, address or email. A people search report provides a person’s most recent contact information. It’s the fastest way to find just about anyone, anywhere in the US.

Public Records Report

A public records report can help you find someone and learn a little more about them. They provide all the same information as a people search. But they could also include birth and death records, marriage and divorce records, property records and other useful details. *

These reports give you a fast and affordable way to obtain a select amount of data about a person’s past. To get a public records report, simply run a search using the person’s full name and a state where they lived. It doesn’t necessarily have to be their current state of residence. PeopleFinders owns more than 40 years of public records data, so you can search using any state the person may once have called home during that period.

Background Check Report

When you need to know more about someone’s past, a background check is the way to go. Background checks provide everything you can get from a public records report, plus other helpful information.

You can use a background check to see if someone has a criminal record, find out if they’ve ever gone through bankruptcy, and much more. Background checks are commonly used by people who want to learn about someone who may spend time around them or their loved ones, or to find out more about someone with whom they’re considering a financial/business partnership. Background reports are powerful tools that give you the facts about a person’s past, so you can make educated decisions about them now.

What type of report suits your needs? Check out the differences between a people search, public records report and background check one more time. Then get started with a quick search on PeopleFinders and choose the kind of data you need.

*Only if reported. Marriage and divorce records in particular are not widely available for online searches; only a few states report such records, and for limited time ranges.