Investigate, Locate and Verify People with SearchBug APIs

Add SearchBug capabilities to your own website or internal system. Integrate data obtained from published phone directories, public records and criminal record repositories using our quick and reliable APIs. Use restricted APIs to verify SSN Owner information or conduct full People Search Trace from our multi-source data pipe.

API – Background Check

  • Get a list of current and previous addresses and phone numbers for a subject person. Obtain complete background report with data from public, civil and criminal records. See matching social profiles and Web links.
  • This is a two-step process:
    1. Background Search is used to identify correct subject person. Search by full name and location. Verified business users can search by SSN only. You will receive matching names, addresses and dates of birth.

      Cost is $0.90 per query.

      Output examples: XML | JSON

    2. Background Report is actual detailed report that can be ordered for each found person.

      Cost is $6.00 per query.

      HTML Example of available data.

API – Criminal Records

  • Find subject and case details such as jurisdiction, charge, offence, disposition type, sentence, probation and conviction.
  • Can search by name, location and date of birth.
  • Cost is $2.00 per query.
  • See XML output example

API – Terrorist Watch List

  • Verify if a person is on a Government Terrorist Watch List. We use multiple OFAC, FBI, and Interpol security data sources.
  • Search by name or name and date of birth
  • Cost is $1.00 per query.
  • See XML output example

API – Public Records

  • Search name, current and previous address and phone info, age, marital status, relatives and other details in Public Records databases.
  • Can search by name, phone or address.
  • Cost is $0.40 per hit. No charge if name is not found.
  • See XML output example

API – Death Records

  • Search Social Security Death Index records for deceased people.
  • SS Death Index reports may show: Full name, SSN number, issuing state, dates of birth and death as well as city or state of the last residence.
  • Cost is $0.10 per query.
  • See XML output example

The APIs listed below are restricted and available only to verified businesses in financial services, collections, insurance, real estate, law enforcement, investigations, and other industries. Review Restricted Access application process.

API – Verify SSN Owner

  • Verify if SSN is valid and when and where it was issued. If SSN owner is deceased, death record includes Full Name as well as Date of Birth and Death Dates (when available).
  • Obtain full name and aliases associated with the SSN. Get an alert if Multiple Names Found for the SSN.
  • Date of birth, current and previous addresses and phone numbers are also reported
  • Not all information is available for all records
  • Cost is $0.50 per query.
  • See XML output example

API – People Trace

  • Get the most up to date information on a person by searching our multi-data stream using their SSN.
  • Obtain names, aliases, current and previous addresses and phone numbers associated with the SSN.
  • Cost is $1.75 per query.
  • See XML output example

Do not see what you need? Just ask. We can create a custom API to suite your needs or solve data problems you might be facing.

Secure and private data handling

Responsive technical support

Fast and reliable processing

XML or JSON format

Free Quick setup

No Contracts, No Minimums

How do I Get Access to the APIs?
  • To use an API you will need a SearchBug Business account. New customer accounts are activated by customer support the same or next business day after verification.
  • APIs are paid per use and require a Prepaid Payment Plan.
  • The cost of each API is based on either a Query or a Hit (match) and the cost is deducted from the established Prepaid account balance. Review each API to the left for the associated cost, and, if the charge is per Hit (when information is found) or per Query.
  • Prepaid accounts are automatically recharged when your account is low on funds to avoid service interruption.
  • You can select any prepaid amount from $10 to $1,000. If you are just testing the system, we suggest starting with a $10 prepaid account. Your credit card will only be charged $10 and you can implement testing.
  • When you finish testing, we suggest you increase your prepaid amount to match your anticipated volume to avoid multiple small charges. Multiple small charges to the same vendor can often trigger your credit card company to decline charges which causes your service to be interrupted. We suggest you select a prepaid amount that will cover a least one month of search volume.
  • Note that Prepaid amounts never expire. Should you ever decide to stop using the service, you can simply request the account balance of unused funds be credited back to your card.
  • Once you signed up for a prepaid plan, come back to this page to download the API Documentation
  • If applying to restricted APIs, after establishing SearchBug business account with a prepaid plan, Apply for Restricted Access. Once Restricted Access is granted, you will be able to download the API Documentation.