There are many reasons why a person would seek out a personal background check, from pre-employment screening, all the way to personal safety. Whatever your reason for looking, you should be well aware of what a background check cons of, how much is will cost and what your options are.
To start, a personal background check should have information on a persons identity through things such as a Social Security number, name and address. It should also contain criminal histories as well as motor vehicle, educational and past work credentials, and past credit histories. This should give you a very thorough understanding of the person in question.
Doing a quick search on the Internet will often yield many 'free' background check websites. However, these sites will not give you the information you are looking for. The reason for this is because most of this information is confidential and whatever information you do receive may or may not be absolutely accurate or up to date.
The truth is that you may be better off all around paying for this information. The cost is usually quite minimal and well worth it in the end.
The prices can range from $ 12.95 for a statewide criminal search, to $ 29.99 for a nationwide background check. These are regularly updated from information that was submitted by various criminal justice agencies. This is a one time search. However, some places may also give discounts for those who do many background checks.
For those who do regular checks, your best bet may be to sign up to a subscription. These subscriptions can last from anywhere to 30 days to five years and can be beneficial for frequent checks as they offer a flat fee and allow you to conduct as many searches as necessary. Make sure that before you sign up you know how long your subscription will last and how much it will actually cost. Depending on what, exactly, you are looking for, the prices can range from $ 3.00 to $ 59.99 a month, and sometimes up to $ 100.00 for a year. The lower cost option may monitor only criminal activity, while the higher cost will cover a broad range of information such as professional licenses, marriage and death records, and tax records. This will also include any current or past criminal history.
Whatever your reason for doing a personal background check, there are many options available to you. You must research them thoroughly, weigh your options and find the best fit for your budget, your need and your situation. You will find that in the end, whatever you choose, you will feel more secure in knowing exactly who you are dealing with.