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How do I register?Top Of Page

At Private Eye you don't need to be a member to run a search!

Does your web site use cookies?Top Of Page

Yes. Employing cookies is necessary for Private Eye 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.

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

Private Eye 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

Private Eye 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

Private Eye values your privacy and, upon request, can block your records from being shown in many, but not all, of our search results. To do so please click the link below:

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

Private Eye 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

Private Eye 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.