How can I search my background?
- Request criminal records from your local courthouse or state website.
- Ask for your yearly free credit report from Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
- Search your driving record on the DMV website.
- Obtain academic transcripts from your schools and colleges.
- Run a name search for yourself on search engines and social media websites.
- Fastest and easiest method is to get a comprehensive background search from BackgroundSearch.com.
Performing a background search on yourself is an easy way to find out what information may be available to potential employers, landlords, or colleges. There are several ways to go about this, depending on what you want to uncover.
One of the easiest is to run a search for yourself on websites like BackgroundSearch.com. They offer a free background search service which gives basic details, or, you can pay a small fee to use the Instant Total Background Search, which gives one of most thorough background searches available to private citizens. This report consolidates all your information, including criminal history search, in one easy report.
Alternatively, you can search your background by going to each different information source yourself. For example, you can:
- Get a credit report from Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
Federal law entitles you to a free copy of your credit report every year from all three of these Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs). You can also request a report within 60 days of being denied credit, or if you are on welfare, unemployed, or if you think your report is wrong.
- Visit your states government website, or local courthouse for criminal records or civil judgments. A local courthouse will only hold information for their county, so you have lived in several areas you may need to search multiple places for a full record. Keep in mind that some places require a fee to pull this information.
- Search your driving record on the DMV website for every state you have driven in.
Note some states charge fees for obtaining records, and what's included and how far back it goes will vary.
- Request academic transcripts from your previous schools or colleges.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students the right to request their transcripts and ask schools to fix any errors.
- Run an online search of yourself.
This is a simple find any other information about yourself that might be floating around on the Internet, but it can be unreliable. Remember to use the advanced search settings to narrow results by region, language, and published date.