Instant Checkmate

Instant Checkmate

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Instant Checkmate

About Instant Checkmate

Instant Checkmate is one of the leading public records search tools on the internet, providing instant access to millions of documents. Instant Checkmate’s information is generated by searching public records that include federal, state, and county databases and compiling them all into one report. Users can look up addresses, phone numbers, social media profiles, driving records, arrest records and more. Just enter a name and state to start your search.

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Pros

  • Unlimited reports with subscription
  • Detailed reports
  • Easy to use
  • Use 30 data points for reports

Cons

  • Not a traditional background check
  • Subscriptions automatically renew

Bottom Line

Instant Checkmate searches multiple databases to create an easy-to-read report. Subscriptions come with unlimited reports. All information is public record and cannot be used for employment screenings.

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Checkmate does what it advertises - reveals otherwise difficult to obtain information about individuals. We found it useful recently when a home inspector gave misleading informat...

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I have never felt so unsafe in my life with scammers who claim to be one and they are not. Instant Checkmate helped me tremendously to remove those who are not legitimate and are ...

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ConsumerAffairs operates independent of Instant Checkmate and does not offer background check services. Per the Instant Checkmate terms, you may not use this service or the information it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purpose that would require Federal Credit Reporting Act compliance. Instant Checkmate does not provide consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency.

What is Instant Checkmate?

Instant Checkmate lets you look up a person’s information by typing in their name, age and location in the search console. Instant Checkmate asks you questions about the person as it searches databases to narrow results down to the right match.

Once you have a match, you purchase a membership subscription to access the report. A subscription gives you access to unlimited reports for as long as you are enrolled.

You can look up the following information and more using Instant Checkmate:

  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Age
  • Location history
  • Job histories
  • Criminal records
  • Sex offenders registration
  • Arrest records
  • Census data
  • Social media profiles
  • Bankruptcy history

Strict guidelines dictate how and why you can use a public records search service. Instant Checkmate is not a consumer reporting agency, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prohibits using Instant Checkmate to look up any information governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Before using Instant Checkmate, make sure you review the guidelines of what you can and can’t do with the information found on its site.

Instant Checkmate cost

Instant Checkmate offers two subscription plans. Both plans give you access to unlimited reports. The company bills one-month subscriptions every 30 days and three-month subscriptions every 90 days.

PlanPrice per month
One-month$35.12
Three-month$28.09 (Billed at $84.28 every three months)
Reverse phone lookup$5.99

Membership subscriptions automatically renew every 30 or 90 days unless you cancel before the start of the next payment period. You can cancel your membership through your online account or by phone.

Instant Checkmate FAQ

Is Instant Checkmate safe?

Yes, Instant Checkmate is safe. The company has a verified Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate and uses 128-bit encryption. Instant Checkmate also runs malware checks with Norton Antivirus software daily.

Does Instant Checkmate notify the person you’re searching?

No, Instant Checkmate does not notify any search subjects.

Is Instant Checkmate legal?

Yes, it is legal to use Instant Checkmate, but it is illegal to use the service to look up any information governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including screening someone for employment, a lease or credit eligibility. Make sure you follow the search guidelines when using Instant Checkmate.

Is Instant Checkmate free to use?

No, Instant Checkmate is not free. You must sign up for a membership. Memberships start at $35.12 a month and give you access to unlimited reports.

Is Instant Checkmate worth the price?

Yes, if you need the company’s service, it is worth the price. Even though the information on Instant Checkmate comes from public records, you would have to search through each individual federal, state and county database to find the information. Instant Checkmate compiles it all into one easy-to-read report, and all subscriptions include unlimited reports.

Is Instant Checkmate legit?

Instant Checkmate saves you time searching through numerous government databases to find the information you need. Sometimes people aren’t who they say or keep things from you that they don’t want you to know. Using Instant Checkmate helps you verify someone’s identity before meeting them in person or going into business with them, which protects you in the long run. Instant Checkmate is not a substitute for a traditional background check, however.

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Resolution response: Dec. 7, 2022

Awesome company. Everything is fixed.

Original review: Dec. 4, 2022

Second weekend in a row and site has not worked. No way to contact anyone, I called, emailed the support center. No one answers, if it happens next weekend I will be forced to cancel my account, it seems no one cares.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 19, 2022

    Did not provide accurate information on background check at all. There is nothing worth paying for. All categories are empty. (Even life long job status). This page was presented poorly. You don't have any of the basic answers on here. You get address and phone number for 27.00$? You should regroup and provide an answer to at least a few elementary questions.

    Instant Checkmate response
    We’re sorry you didn’t find the information you were looking for. We’re always working with our data providers to ensure that the information in our reports is as up-to-date and complete as possible, but sometimes the data just isn’t available to us. A senior member of our member care team will contact you privately to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.
    Sincerely,

    Instant Checkmate Support

    2 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Feb. 23, 2022

    My mother is elderly and not computer savvy. One day she asked me to look up some friends she hasn't seen in ages. I was able to find most of them with Instant Checkmate (some were deceased) and she reconnected with them. It made me so happy to find them for her and she was even happier to reconnect with them.

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 11, 2022

    Should be on a month to month basis for some people. I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford a subscription. But all information was correct and I was very pleased with what I found out about certain people. I would highly recommend this site.

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    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 8, 2022

    It was a great pleasure of having assistance getting my membership canceled without any hard time. I would definitely recommend having someone use this app for finding something out about someone. So greatly appreciated for the gratitude for their support.

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 7, 2022

    Already called and cancelled subscription!!! Spoke with Amber at 6:08 pm. Very unsatisfied. I spent $1.99 and $3.99 and 27.08 when all I needed was my bankruptcy information. Very unsatisfied!!! Wish I could get a refund from company. Very unsatisfied.

    Instant Checkmate response

    We’re sorry you didn’t find the information you were looking for. We’re always working with our data providers to ensure that the information in our reports is as up-to-date and complete as possible, but sometimes the data just isn’t available to us. A senior member of our member care team will contact you privately to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Instant Checkmate Support

    4 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 7, 2022

    Phyllis did a fantastic job handling my account. My hats off to her, she was an absolute pro. The company should be proud to have an employee like her. It was a real pleasure dealing with her. I may, at a later date, re-subscribe to Instant Checkmate, as I believe it is a worthy service.

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 5, 2022

    The gentleman on the phone provided superb service. I was not able to access my account on my new device because it was not sending the email for verification. He escalated to his supervisor who said we needed to submit a ticket which would take 24-48 hours but he was determined to help me today and we tried one more option and it worked. I am grateful for his determination and superb service. You should give him a raise or promotion!

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    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Jan. 4, 2022

    The site was easier than navigate around found information that I didn’t know. Very helpful and the bonus of the registered sex offender‘s in the area was also a big help. If you try this out look at the sex offender page and know your surrounding area. Keep your kids and grandchildren safe. I will definitely be back when I can utilize it more otherwise I would definitely keep it. This is an awesome site.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Dec. 29, 2021

    Will never use this service again. Does not give enough info. Everything provided can be found thru public records. Just a scam to take people's money. Horrible product, I hope the truth gets out about this bad product. Word will get around and anyone associated with this should be ashamed. This is a shame.

    Instant Checkmate response

    Dear Jonah,

    We’re sorry you didn’t find the information you were looking for. We’re always working with our data providers to ensure that the information in our reports is as up-to-date and complete as possible, but sometimes the data just isn’t available to us. A senior member of our member care team will contact you privately to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Instant Checkmate Support

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    Instant Checkmate Company Information

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    Company Name:
    Instant Checkmate
    Company Type:
    Private
    Year Founded:
    2010
    Address:
    3110 Camino Del Rio N Suite 400
    City:
    San Diego
    State/Province:
    CA
    Postal Code:
    92108
    Country:
    United States
    Website:
    www.instantcheckmate.com

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