Investigate, Locate and Verify People with SearchBug APIs

Add SearchBug capabilities to your own website or intenal 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 availbale 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 mutiple 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 Mimimums

High-volume discounts availbale

How do I Get Access to the APIs?
  • To use an API you need to sign up for a SearchBug Business account and select a Prepaid Payment Plan. New customer accounts are activated by customer support the same or next business day.
  • Standard Identify Phone Number API is based on monthly subscription. To Subscribe, go to Verify Phone Number page. Select Subscription Plan on the left and click "Get It Now" to sign up and receive instructions.
  • All other APIs are paid per use and require a Prepaid Plan.
    • With Prepaid Plan, the cost of each API Query is deducted from the established account balance. If noted, you are only charged for a Hit (when information is found).
    • Prepaid accounts are automatically recharged when your funds runs low.
    • You can select any prepaid amount from $10 to $1,000. If you are just testing the system, select the $10 prepaid account. Your credit card will be charged $10 and you can implement testing.
    • When you ramp up or finish testing, we suggest you increase your prepaid account amount to avoid multiple small charges. If you plan to spend $250 per month on searches, use the $250 prepaid amount instead of having 25 charges of $10 each.
    • Prepaid amounts never expire. If you decide to stop using the service, you can simply request all 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.