Can’t I just find the info myself?

Theoretically yes. All the information people search sites provide comes from public records. E.g. County, state and federal courts, government departments, police records, and so on.

That means you can source the information yourself, if you’re willing to invest the time, effort and money required to do so, and you’re good at research. 

But remember, a good people search site scours literally billions of database records across dozens of databases. Some of these databases require you to pay for access, and some are very difficult to access and use.

So although you might be able to find the info yourself, do you really want to?

Different people search tools source their information from different public records, and there are way too many to list them all. But here’s a selection of typical data sources that the better people search tools use…

  • Most wanted lists
  • Police & court records
  • Debarred lists
  • Denied Persons List – Commerce Dept
  • Drug Enforcement Admin. Fugitives
  • Enforcement Actions – Federal Reserve
  • Enforcement Actions – Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Enforcement Decisions and Orders – FDIC
  • EPA – Compliance Actions
  • EPA – Enforcement Actions (ECHO)
  • FBI Most Wanted
  • FBI Organized Crime Site
  • FBI Unknown Suspects
  • FDA – Enforcement Report
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator
  • Federal Firearms License Validator
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement/Most Wanted
  • Missing & Exploited Children
  • Most Wanted Lists – Federal Agency Links
  • Most Wanted Lists – State, County, City Agency Links
  • Most Wanted Terrorists
  • National Sex Offender Registry Dept of Justice
  • NCIS (Naval) Most Wanted Fugitives List, Missing Persons
  • SEC Enforcement Actions
  • SEC Filings (EDGAR)
  • SEC Litigation and Opinions
  • Secret Service
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • U.S. Marshall’s Most Wanted
  • U.S. Tax Court – Docket Inquiry
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVs)
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Police & court records
  • Car dealerships
  • Rental & fleet companies
  • Vehicle & salvage auctions
  • Auto body mechanics
  • Vehicle service, maintenance & inspection workshops
  • Automotive insurance companies
  • Automotive extended warranty companies
  • Import / export agencies

By Glenn Murray

Glenn is Super Easy’s General Manager, Communications. He plans and executes training programs, designs user experiences, conducts conversion rate experiments, sets our style and tone of voice, contributes to SEO implementation & strategy, and oversees important internal & external communications. He also manages our technical support team.Glenn lives on the Central Coast of Australia, just north of Sydney, and enjoys walking, reading, music, wine and craft beer.


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