Instant Checkmate Review

article by Rebecca S. author April 02, 2017
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Instant Checkmate allows you to perform a background check investigation on any individual in the United States. This includes friends, relatives, celebrities, neighbors, and even a personal background check.
  • 30 unique data points
  • Authentic police records
  • Contains local, state and federal data sources
  • Instant background checks and quick access to info
  • A single monthly fee for unlimited background checks
  • No consumer reports
  • Not for tenant screening (Not FCRA Compliant)
  • Results not guaranteed 100% accurate and due diligence is required
Instant Checkmate is a public records search engine that gives you the power to perform online background checks instantly. I was surprised by all the information I could find!
Rebecca S., author
Free Storage Limit Local, State, & Federal Data Used
Countries Available Search for Anyone in the US
Multiple Logins Unlimited Searches & Reports
Is it Useful for Small and Large Businesses Search Criminal Records & Court Documents
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$34.78 /mo
  • Unlimited background checks
  • Criminal records
  • Court records & more
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$27.82 /mo
  • 21% savings over the standard
  • 3 months of unlimited reports
  • Unlimited standard background checks
  • Criminal records
  • Court records & more
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$19.99 Each Report
  • Civil judgments
  • Corporate affiliations
  • USCC filings
  • Property owned
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This service provides an accurate background search report by compiling relevant data from multiple sources. When using Instant Checkmate, it is possible to gain immediate access to a person’s age, alias, court documents (judgments, criminal convictions, DUI, DWI), address history and the like. Instant Checkmate offers an easy way to perform a comprehensive check on an individual. This includes a wide range of violations including minor offenses and felonies. Instant Checkmate provides up-to-date information on individuals who have been booked into jail, charged, or arrested. It is easy to ascertain who has a criminal record by running a quick check on the individual.

Who Is It For?

Background checks are necessary for anyone who encounters you on a personal level. However, not everyone who you may wish to perform a background check investigation on can be checked using the service. Any employment-related decisions cannot be used with Instant Checkmate These include caregivers (nannies, maids, babysitters, child minders), landscapers, handymen, plumbers, builders, electricians etc. However, the service can be used for neighbors, boyfriends/girlfriends, coworkers, and the like. Any time a stranger, friend or family member will be around children, that person should be subject to a background check investigation. Ladies going on blind dates should always run the prospective suitor through a criminal background check, for safety’s sake. Instant Checkmate aggregates public records from across the United States, making it easy to compile the most comprehensive report on an individual. This service is ideal for finding information on the following individuals: yourself, celebrities, study partners, vacation friends, online buyers & online sellers, social media friends, potential dates, former classmates and current classmates, old friends, new friends, parents of your children’s friends, family members, nearby sex offenders and neighbors.

Ease of Use Ease of Use

Instant Checkmate is easy to use. To get started, simply enter the first name and last name of the individual you’re searching for. If you know the last state they were living in, that information will prove helpful to expedite your search query. Instant Checkmate will associate known relatives with the person you’re searching for, for greater accuracy. The search function has a progress meter that details all aspects of the search. This includes criminal and arrest summary, social media summary, relative selector, state records summary and the like. Once the report has been compiled, your results must be saved. To do so, enter your first name and last name and your email address. When you click the green save button, you are indicating that you are 18+ years of age and agree to the terms and conditions of usage. Once that information has been confirmed, you will see all aspects of the person you’re searching for including first name, last name, middle initial, aliases and/or nicknames.

Other biographic data such as social media profiles, inactive social media accounts, online profiles and other data will be added to the search results. Pertinent information such as known addresses, satellite images of their current residence. and interactive maps are available too. Related persons will also be displayed in the search report, including spouse/former spouse, parents and extended family members. Additionally, pilot licenses, DEA licenses for controlled pharmaceuticals will be revealed, if applicable. Any court records that are available will be displayed, including booking dates and offense descriptions. A self-search will also reveal known sex offenders in your neighborhood. The entire process is automatic, and all that is required is an agreement to the terms and conditions of the reporting process.

Search Capabilities

Instant Checkmate has extensive search capabilities that include a wide range of data. These encompass criminal records, address history, telephone numbers, court records, mugshots, contact information, sex offenders, speeding tickets, and others. Information such as possible relatives are also listed with the report. The search service provided by Instant Checkmate accesses all public records. This means that none of the services offered are restricted. You could theoretically perform the search on your own, but it would take tremendous time and effort to accurately scour the web for all possible information. It must be remembered that the search capabilities do not allow for any services governed by the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).

The search capabilities do not allow for any professional services screening, tenant screening, screening of household workers, employment screening and the like. It is also expressly prohibited with the search capabilities to make decisions on insurance eligibility or credit. There are standard background reports and premium background reports. Standard reports include basic information about the individual at a price of $19.99 per person. The premium report includes a host of data including civil judgments, corporate affiliations, watercraft owned, USCC filings, property owned, voter registration, telephone numbers, email addresses, tax liens, professional licenses, hunting permits/fishing permits, weapons permits, foreclosures, aircraft own, neighbors, business associates etc.

Data Sources

The data sources for Instant Checkmate reports come from millions upon millions of public records. Information is sourced from local government, state government and the federal level. All the information in the Instant Checkmate reports is available on the Internet. It is all a matter of public record.


The premium report provides plenty of added extras for users, including hunting and fishing permits, business associates, foreclosures, liens and judgments. Further, Instant Checkmate is available for Android phones via a mobile app, and users get to enjoy things like inmate search options, crime wire blog, do’s and don’ts, reverse phone lookup and more.

Pricing Pricing

As a trial member, you can access full membership for $1. With that $1 payment, you can easily access the Instant Checkmate product and view as many standard reports as possible with no fees per report. You can conduct searches on neighbors, friends, family members and yourself. If you decide not to go with the trial membership, there are two popular packages available. The first is the 1 month of unlimited reports for $34.78 per month. The second is the power users package for 3 months of unlimited reports at $27.82 per month, or a price of $83.47 in a single payment. Your payments can be made via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard or ATM card.


Customer support can be accessed via telephone at 800 – 222 – 8985, 24/7. Further, there are multiple social media profiles for contact information including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, G +, Pinterest and YouTube. For further help, there are video tutorials, FAQs, and an email address ( The mailing address for the company is 3111 Camino Del Rio North Suite 400, San Diego, California, 92108.

Bottom Line Conclusion

Instant Checkmate offers a comprehensive background search service, but it is not FCRA sanctioned for credit checks or employment-related screening. It is certainly one of the best background check services on the Internet, and one that takes care of everything for you at the click of a button. The price is right, especially if you use the trial membership for $1, and the reports are accurate and all-encompassing.