Instant Checkmate Review

May 2021 Instant Checkmate Review & Deals

Compatible With

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android
  • iOS

Recommended For

  • Criminal Records
  • Sex Offenders
  • Phone Look-Up

Instant Checkmate is a thorough background check service that provides customers with a comprehensive report. This report is set out in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand so that users can make the most of the data that is actually found. Users can find long lost friends and relatives easily therefore with a minimized chance of either finding no one or the wrong people entirely. Additionally, customers need a very small amount of information on anyone to find meaningful results on them. Plus, considering the amount of data sources that Instant Checkmate utilizes, customers can be confident that the information found is accurate and reliable.


Things We Like

Very broad search functionality

Instant sex offender checks

Membership cancellation is easy

Trial membership available

24/7 phone support

Things We Didn't Like

No live chat support

Mobile app for Android only (no iOS)

Reports Offered

Instant Checkmate has a couple of levels of reports that are available through its search services.

Firstly, it has a Standard Background Report. This means it compiles all the information it can find on a person with regards to a person’s date of birth, telephone number, history of addresses and their relatives along with any arrest records and social media profiles. This type of report is provided within all subscription plans and users can run an unlimited amount of them.

Additionally, a premium report can be purchased for another $19.99. These reports include information on:

  • Civil Judgments
  • Corporate Affiliations
  • Watercraft Owned
  • UCC Filings
  • Properties Owned
  • Voter Registration
  • Old Phone Numbers
  • Email Addresses
  • Tax Liens
  • Professional Licenses
  • Hunting/Fishing Permits
  • Weapons Permits
  • Foreclosures
  • Aircraft Owned
  • Neighbors
  • Business Associates

Instant Checkmate also has an email report feature. This means that subscribers can search for any activity that has been conducted in relation to a specific email address. Within this report, Instant Checkmate is able to provide the name, the email address history, any people related to that email address in addition to social media profiles or other linked accounts. This feature may even be able to provide professional networking information.

The Report Watcher feature is fantastic as it means that customers can always have up to date information at their fingertips. This is because Instant Checkmate notifies its customers of any of the information they had initially asked for changes. This information can either be texted to them or emailed.

Search Capabilities

There is no doubt that Instant Checkmate has many ways that customers can search for data. It can provide this service as it searches across many different public databases. For example, subscribers can have a report compiled so that the following information is found:

  • Online profiles
  • Sexual offenses
  • Birth records
  • Felonies
  • Mugshots
  • Misdemeanors
  • Traffic offenses
  • Arrest records
  • Court records
  • Their relatives
  • Address information
  • Phone numbers

Searching can start from the company’s homepage. All that is needed at the very least is the first and last name. Obviously, the more information that can be used to complete the fields offered the better. With this in mind, it’s great if users have the first name, last name, city and state of anyone that they are trying to find information on.

Once you have a set of results in the initial report that is generated, users can then go on to further the power of those results. They can do this by choosing potential relatives that they may want to be included in the report, too.

Data Sources

To provide the comprehensive report that Instant Checkmate compiles, it searches across a wide range of data sources. These sources range from federal, state or local level government records to investigating a person’s social media behavior through sites like Facebook and Instagram – among others. The company also investigates the email addresses a person has under their name too.

In terms of the official records that are searched, Instant Checkmate looks at

  • Voter registration
  • Civil judgements
  • Local police department records
  • State police records
  • Superior court records
  • Sheriff records
  • Sex offender databases
  • Any census data that exists
  • FAA pilot licensing
  • DEA licensing

The exact social media sources it searches are:

  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIN
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • DateHookup

By looking at this broad range of sources, Instant Checkmate is able to produce results that are not only well rounded, but also thorough. It means that for whatever reason a company or individual is conducting a background search, they can find and verify the information they need.


While the end result that Instant Checkmate provides its customers is excellent, that does not mean it is without its limitations.

For starters, Instant Checkmate only offers three membership plans, and one of those is a trial one that only lasts 5 days. While it is great to have some variation, only offering these structures means that the plans are not always flexible or able to answer the needs of its potential customers. This is because Instant Checkmate only offers plans on a rolling monthly subscription or a three month rolling membership. This does give customers the ability to save money over a three month period as this pricing plan is cheaper overall. However, sometimes individuals will want to have a background check service for longer than three months at a time.

Secondly, these pricing plans mean that reports cannot be bought on a piecemeal basis. Some companies or individuals will only need to see a certain amount of information that Instant Checkmate provides in its reports. Yet, they have to purchase all of it and consequently for more money. It would perhaps benefit customers if they could buy reports in smaller sections than the standard and premium reports available.


A trial membership only costs a $1 and means that customers can try all the features from Instant Checkmate for five days in that time. It’s a good way to see whether Instant Checkmate works for a company or individual before having to sign up for one of the more expensive pricing options.

For the standard membership, a subscriber can have access to unlimited person reports for $34.78. However, subscribers can also choose the three month membership plan which offers the service at a discount over that time period. It comes in at $83.47 which works out at just under $28 a month.

Customers are billed at the beginning of each month or at the beginning of each three month period. All plans are set up by the company to renew automatically. They are easy enough to cancel, however. All customers have to do is call the company’s customer support service who will cancel the subscription for them.


Having an effective support system in place is key with background check service companies given that subscribers often need the information required in a timely fashion. If the help or customer support that is offered is substandard, it can seriously hinder a person’s ability to gather the information they require.

Luckily, Instant Checkmate offers a customer support service as robust as its reports. Their help is available to its customers over the telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is also available over social media networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, the company has also put together other resources that are useful to its customers. Its FAQs will allow users to answer questions and queries without the need for having to call up and speak to a representative.

Comment Section

Charles Sigler says:

When you order a premium report is it a one time fee for one search? Or is it a extra monthly fee that is for unlimited searches?

Lola Olsen says:

Hi Charles,
You can purchase a premium report in addition to your monthly subscription for $19.99. This is because the premium report is supplemental, and goes along with the information you’d receive on a standard report (for a monthly subscription).