How to Locate a Person

Commonly referred to as "Skip Tracing", which is an industry term.  

The act of skip tracing is most often used by bail bondsmen, repossession agents, private investigators, debt collectors, and even journalists. 

Skip tracing is performed by collecting information on the individual in question. All information recovered by the Investigator is analyzed, verified, and used to determine the location of the individual. Skip tracing may involve gathering and analyzing a great deal of information or very little information, both of which have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.  

Although most skip tracers now head to the Internet to gather information on the whereabouts of individuals, many also employ social engineering, the art of calling on individuals who may have information about the subject.  It is the job of the Investigator to use any number of resources and databases to collect the required information. 

As such, skip tracing often involves accessing the following:

Phone number databases

Credit reports

Credit card applications

Job applications

Criminal background checks

Loan applications

Utility bills

Public tax information

Public records databases

Courthouse records

Department store loyalty cards

Air travel records

Driver’s license/vehicle registration departments