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Personal Background Details in California

Obtaining access to a California background check that will yield useful results can be a challenge even for someone experienced in doing background searches. If you have been trying to figure out how to go about it and have come up empty handed, let me assure you it's not a shortcoming on your part. Rather, it's because the system in place in California is designed for employment background checks, and is not readily accessible to consumers who would like to check up on someone else.

Tools of the court roomThere are a few links below for checking on a particular type of record in California. They all point to very specific types of searches so you will not have to click around for 10 minutes looking for a place to enter your information. As usual we stand behind the our recommendations and that includes these public records screening products. However, at times not even the top companies will have the records you need. That's the nature of online records and don't let anyone lead you to believe otherwise.

Marriage & Divorce Records

Marriage and divorce records are difficult to obtain in California, and an online service is a good place to start. You will need at least a first and last name.

Marriage and Divorce records in California


A people search is usually the best way to obtain a comprehensive address and phone number report for California and all you need is a name.

Person Search

This is once again a people search that only requires a name to start with. It's the most inexpensive and can be quite useful.

Reverse Phone Search

Find who keeps calling in California, or you can find out if a phone number is a cell phone or land-line and who owns it.

Death Records

Whether you're looking for a deceased family member or just curious about historical records, you can get a California death record report.

Civil Court Records

Obtaining civil court records in California is difficult and one the best methods is to obtain a county courthouse search for the person.

Criminal Records

The best way to obtain California criminal records is to do a country search as the state has a very fragmented central system.

SSN Background Check

A California Social Security Number background check can be a great way to get very accurate results and is something employers use as well.

Family History Records

If you are doing a family genealogy project in California or simply looking for family history records, you can get started by visiting

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