Is Instant Checkmate Legit?

Yes! Instant Checkmate is a legitimate business and online resource that is dedicated to helping people connect and stay safe online.

Instant Checkmate is one of the largest people search engines in the world and delivers real, detailed, background checks on almost anyone in the United States.

Founded in 2010, Instant Checkmate was originally conceived as a tool that online daters could use to learn more about their future dates before meeting them in person. Now, millions of Americans have used Instant Checkmate for many different reasons.

Whether you want to reconnect with an old friend, find a long lost family member, or expose someone's criminal past, Instant Checkmate is your one-stop shop for the information you need.

Where Does Our Data Come From?

The data in Instant Checkmate reports comes from official public records, including court documents, real police records, government data, and other data sources like social media accounts.

"Instant Checkmate gets its information from millions of federal, state, and county public records that we compile into one easy-to-read report. Public records have never been easier!"
Product Manager (Instant Checkmate)

This data is then compiled into a comprehensive, personalized background report that is designed to give you more information about the people in your life.

Here’s more information about how we find our information, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act that benefits all Americans:

We know: it’s shocking to see how much information you can find out about the people in your lives.

Instant Checkmate is totally safe to use, and conducting a background search through our site is completely legal.

We ask that you use the information you find in our reports responsibly.

Do not use our service or the information we provide to make decisions about consumer credit, employers, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purposes that would require FCRA compliance.

Instant Checkmate And Our Community

The team behind Instant Checkmate is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, building the best possible public records search product, and — most importantly — giving back to our community.

We contribute to a number of charities and nonprofits in our hometown of San Diego, California, including the Helen Woodward Animal Center, International Rescue Committee, and Girls Inc. Professional Women’s Speaker’s Series.

We also partner with I Love A Clean San Diego, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to environmental conservation, and Together We Bake, a nonprofit that helps women who were recently released from the corrections system transition into the workforce.

Our team partners with local schools to support the web developers, designers, writers, and entrepreneurs of the future.

We’re proud of the work we’ve done with Instant Checkmate, and we’re excited for our future!

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We work every day to make pulling background checks with Instant Checkmate easy and informative.
Try doing a search on your family, friends, or neighbors. You might be surprised by what you discover.

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DISCLAIMER: You may not use our service or the information it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purpose that would require FCRA compliance. Instant Checkmate does not provide consumer reports and is not a consumer reporting agency. (These terms have special meanings under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq., ("FCRA"), which are incorporated herein by reference.) The information available on our website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use it as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person's criminal history. Instant Checkmate does not make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available through our website or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire. For more information, please review Instant Checkmate Terms of Use.

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