Gov Registry Review
What Is It?
A background check is an investigative search on an individual via registries, databases, and other public sources. Background checks are always done within the limits of the law.
Once a tool for government and big corporations, background checks are becoming more prevalent within the wider society. Parents are using background checks to hire babysitters, families are using them to hire carers for elderly relatives, landlords are using them to check out potential tenants and it is almost now standard for employers to request background checks on all new employees.
There are now many services online that provide background investigations and Gov Registry is one of them. They provide background checks in all 50 states and their records include, but are not limited to, criminal records, sex offender lists, court records, marital status, aliases and property records.
At first, many reviewers thought the site was part of the US government. It is not, there is no affiliation whatsoever to the US government. For some reviewers this was seen as misleading, others thought it was just marketing.
Gov Registry has made it very simple to request a background check. All you do is input the person’s full name and click search. To have a more targeted search, you can input their current city and state if this information is available but this is not mandatory. After which, you will be taken to a page with a list of people with the name you specified. Reviewers found this initial part of the process to be clear and easy.
An aspect of the site that was not popular with reviewers was that membership rates were only shown after they requested their first background check. Stating the fees upfront would have offered much more transparency, giving the reviewer the price options from the beginning.
Currently, Gov Registry offers different membership packages. This was most convenient for some reviewers because it allowed them to choose a shorter and cheaper membership period because they planned on only having one background check done. On the other hand, employers preferred the longer membership plan because they requested background checks regularly and the price was the most cost effective for that circumstance.
There were some reviewers who received outdated information on people they were investigating. They emailed their complaints to support but Gov Registry insisted that outdated information was not their fault. Gov Registry replied that they are not in control of the public databases, which store the data. Consequently, information received from these background checks are not guaranteed to be current.
This was not common but there were reviewers who performed background checks on themselves. There are a few recruitment experts who encourage job applicants to run a self background check to find out what the potential employer will find out about them. A self-background check gives you the opportunity to correct any misinformation you may notice on your records. If you find that there is duplicated information, it may mean that you are a victim of identity theft and you will need to take steps to put a stop to it.
Gov Registry does not offer any financial searches such as Credit Reports. Gov Registry states that this is not allowed by law.
Is It A Scam?
Gov Registry could improve with a more transparent website. Their rates are only visible after you have put in details for a background check. In addition, there are different fees for various searches, which may be confusing.
There were reviewers who wrote favourably of Gov Registry and reported good results. But there were reviewers who felt that they did not receive sufficient information on the background checks. So this is clearly a hit and miss with some. However, any purchase you make with Gov Registry is backed by a full refund policy, within 60 days. This is more than enough time to determine whether you are satisfied with the background check or not.
Where To Buy Or Download?
In order to qualify for the 60 day money back guarantee, you must purchase a Gov Registry membership plan from the official website.
A background check on Gov Registry requires you to have the first and last name of the person you are investigating. The site will provide you with these records:
• Current Home Address And Home Address History
• Alias and Date of Birth
• Business Address
• Criminal Records, Inmate Records
• Sex Offenders
• DUI/DWI Records
• Court Records
• Warrant Records, Arrest Records
• Police Records, Felonies and Convictions
• Death Index
• Marital Status
• Relatives and Associates
• Property Records
• Reverse Phone Search
Gov Registry claims to have access to over 1 Billion records of the above. Customer support is included but only via email.