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How do I register?Top Of Page

At PrivateEye you don't need to be a member to run a search! You will only register your information and create a PrivateEye account once you complete a purchase.

How much does each product cost?Top Of Page

Our pricing varies by which product you choose to buy:

Does your web site use cookies?Top Of Page

Yes. Employing cookies is necessary for PrivateEye to complete any transaction. Cookies allow us to store your user-ID during your visit to keep track of reports you have ordered or any updates to those reports so that we can better assist your needs. Cookies can also help us detect potential fraud or misuse of our system.

Can more than one person use an account?Top Of Page

No. For your protection, the PrivateEye system restricts access to a single user. When your search pass expires, you are given the option to renew it, which automatically charges your credit card. We want to prevent anyone else from making any unwanted charges on your credit card, so we restrict one user per account. Please do your part and protect your user name and password.

What if I forgot my user name or password?Top Of Page

No problem! We will email your user name and password to you. Click here and follow the instructions to have your user name and password emailed to the address we have on file for your account.

Why doesn't my password work?Top Of Page

Remember, your password and user name are NOT case sensitive. If you are receiving an error message stating the system cannot authenticate you, please click here to retrieve your user name and password.

How do I renew my Search Pass?Top Of Page

When your Search Pass expires you will be prompted to renew when you log into your account. If your search pass expires while you are logged in then you can click on the renew link in the header or the footer of any page.

How do I change my password?Top Of Page

Our web site allows you to change your password at any time. You must first login to your account to access your account information page where you can change your password.

How do I change my account information?Top Of Page

PrivateEye allows you to change your personal information at any time. You must first login to your account and then go to your account information page where you can change your personal information.

How do I close my account?Top Of Page

Upon request, we will remove your personal information from our customer information database. If you decide to use our product in the future, you will be required to re-register and provide us with your information again. To cancel your account, please contact Customer Care and include your user name and the e-mail address associated with your account.

Can I pay by check or money order?Top Of Page

No. We currently only accept credit cards.

I live outside the United States. How do I register?Top Of Page

Currently our web site only accepts credit cards from within the United States. When accepting credit cards, address verification is used for fraud detection. As of right now, our address verification database covers the United States only.

How do I register my name and address so people can find me?Top Of Page

The PrivateEye databases are extracted from public records compiled from existing databases all over the United States. We do not actually create the records; we simply give you the ability to search them.

I did not find the person I was seeking. Will I still be billed?Top Of Page

Our web site gives you the ability to purchase a search pass that allows you to run an unlimited number of basic searches for a certain period of time. When you create this search pass, you are billed for unlimited access to the databases, not for individual searches. Your paid search pass price excludes Advance Background Reports. If you order an Advance Background Report and we are not able to complete the report, you are not charged for that single report.

What is your refund policy?Top Of Page

We are not able to offer refunds, but we value your business and want to ensure your complete satisfaction. If the report you ordered did not contain any results, we may provide you with another search at no additional cost. Please contact our Customer Care Team within 15 days of the original purchase for assistance.

PrivateEye provides the service of performing a search on your behalf. We pay fees to access various databases to find the information you requested, and are therefore not able to offer refunds for single searches. You may cancel a Membership at any time, and the service will be canceled at the end of the current billing cycle. Fees that are charged while a Membership is active are not refundable.

How often will I be billed?Top Of Page

You are billed only when you register, upgrade, renew, or run an Advanced Background Report. Our web site does not bill on a recurring monthly basis.

What name will appear on my credit card statement?Top Of Page

A charge from us will appear on your credit card billing statement as "ONLINE PEOPLE SEARCH".

What is your web site's privacy policy?Top Of Page

PrivateEye values your right to privacy. Please view of the Terms and Conditions for specific information regarding our privacy policy.

What is a secure server?Top Of Page

A secure server is a system that uses methods of encrypting the data passed between your computer and ours. It prevents your credit card and personal user information from being intercepted and abused by unauthorized entities on the internet.

What information does your web site collect on me?Top Of Page

PrivateEye only collects personally identifiable information with your consent. By registering with our web site, you will be asked for your name, address, and similar information.

Does your web site add my personal information to its databases?Top Of Page

No. Our web site requires personal information for billing purposes only. In order to complete your registration with us, you will be required to provide payment information, which includes your credit card number and expiration date. This information will only be used to complete a transaction and will never be added to our public records databases.

How do I remove myself from these records?Top Of Page

PrivateEye values your right to privacy. If you would like to block your records from being shown on most search results, please send us a letter containing the following information:

With your letter, please include a print out of the records that you wish to have suppressed, and send both to:
Opt-Out/PrivateEye.com
Po box 110850
Naples. Fl 34108

Your information will always be kept confidential and will only be used to ensure the suppression of your records.

What types of searches are available on your web site?Top Of Page

Currently our web site offers name and address records, phone records, marriage records, divorce records, death records, real property records, bankruptcy/tax lien/civil judgment records, and criminal records. If we do not have what you are looking for, please check back in the future because we are constantly updating our data and adding new public records sources.

What criteria should I use when searching?Top Of Page

Our public records databases contain over 10 billion records from a wide variety of public record sources. There are many different ways our databases can be searched. Search criteria can include:

  1. Name
  2. Date of Birth, or Age
  3. House Number, Street Name
  4. City, State
  5. Zip code
  6. Phone Number

We encourage you to experiment by running multiple searches with different combinations of search criteria. The records in our database come from many public record sources and an individual's name could be spelled differently in separate databases.

Where does your data come from?Top Of Page

Our records come from databases that are compiled by various public offices and agencies with the intent and purpose of being made available for the public.

What is an Advanced Background Report?Top Of Page

An Advanced Background Report is a single comprehensive report that can be run on virtually any individual found in our database. When you run a name, address, or phone search, click one of the returned names to view the details for that person. An Advanced Backround Report searches over 10 billion records and automatically cross references the results to return a single easy-to-read document.

I looked up a name and the address was out of date. Why is that?Top Of Page

Our database contains over 10 billion records. When you consider there are approximately 290 million people in the United States, this means there are about 34 records for every person. Records are never deleted from our database and are continually added. Every time an individual moves and a new address is reported, it is added to the database. The old address remains in the database as well. We have records dating back to the early 1980's, which equates to a nearly 30-year address history for some individuals. When you receive your results, be aware that you may receive more than one historical record for your individual.

I looked up myself and found an old address. Why is that?Top Of Page

We provide records dating back from the early 1980's to the present. The database contains long address histories on some individuals, which may be why an old address is showing up in your search results. Your current address is most likely in the database, but not being returned in your result set.

I want to locate an old friend. Will your web site run searches for me?Top Of Page

PrivateEye is the most powerful, automated, self-service, public record retrieval system on the web. Our system is self-serve, and we don't currently have support staff available that will run searches for you.

How do I search by Social Security Number?Top Of Page

Social security numbers are considered "personal identifiers" and are not contained in our database results or query screens (excluding death searches).

How do I contact my search subject once I've found them?Top Of Page

PrivateEye is great tool for locating lost friends and classmates but does not give our users the ability to directly contact individuals listed in the database. We encourage you to contact an individual found in the database by using standard mail or a phone number, both of which we can provide.

How do I find somebody by their maiden name?Top Of Page

Finding a woman using only her maiden name can be difficult. We recommend performing a name search using her maiden name to uncover her previous addresses. Performing an address search on each previous address will generate a list of individuals who have resided at the addresses over the years. This list may include your search subject with her married name. Once you find her married name, perform a name search using that name to uncover her most current address. Another alternative is to run a comprehensive background check after locating your subject in our database by clicking on a name in the results.

How can I find an e-mail address I'm looking for?Top Of Page

Our database does not currently contain e-mail addresses.