Skip Tracing Tools

Skip Tracing
Learn skip tracing techniques to find missing persons.

Skip tracing is the process of locating an individual or individuals, often for the purpose of collecting an unpaid debt. It may involve bringing the individual to justice, reuniting with a family, serving court documents, or other reasons. Skip tracers work both independently and for businesses large and small.

Skip Tracing Examples

When it comes to finding people, the services a skip tracer provides are very similar to that of a private investigator. For example, services may include:

  • Tracking down someone who owes a debt, child support, or a judgment.
  • Locate an individual who skipped bail. This is bail bond enforcement and is also known as bounty hunting. Bounty hunting is often used to locate a witness or expert to testify in court or legal proceedings. Also, it is used to locate a person of interest or in finding a long lost love, friend, or family member

The skip tracing process could involve almost any facet of an investigation that entails making contact with a subject.

Skip Tracing Resources

The following are skip trace resources for private investigators. Some of the following resources provide access to national skip trace databases that allow you to use online tools to conduct free skip trace searches yourself.

Accurint – Accurint®, a Lexis Nexis product, is a locate tool that is used by government, law enforcement, and commercial customers. It can be used to locate people, neighbors, associates, and possible relatives. It can also be used to access over 50,000,000 non-directory assistance records, including cell phone numbers – Provides free nationwide databases that search for bail agents, bail bonding, bail bondsman, bail bonds, bondsman, bondsmen, bail bonding, criminal lawyers, and private investigators. This site will help any person who has been arrested locate a bail bonds person to write a bail bond, either municipal, county, state, federal or immigration bonds; and locate any jail, any circuit court, county court, and/or appellate court.

BeenVerified’s Background Check Report allows you to search billions of public records online in just a few seconds. Search for criminal records, arrest records, bankruptcies, and more. In addition, you can find people using an address, phone number, and email lookups. BeenVerified offers an easy and affordable way to run a background check. Run an Online Search Now.

Internal Revenue Service – The IRS may forward a letter to someone when humane reasons are involved. For example, to notify someone of a serious illness, imminent death, or death of a close relative, seek an individual for a medical study to detect and treat medical defects, or notify an individual who cannot otherwise be located that he or she is entitled to certain assets.

The IRS will forward a letter from an attorney, estate administrator, or other person who directly controls the assets.

For more information and clarification as to what may constitute “humane” reasons, you may refer to the IRS Handbook 1.3, Chapter 11, which you may find in Other Information Available to the Public. If you would like the IRS to help you locate an individual, place a personal letter addressed to the individual in a blank envelope. Include first class U.S. postage, and do not seal the letter. Place the unsealed letter in another envelope and address it as follows:

Internal Revenue Service
Office of Disclosure Operations
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20224

SkipSmasher – An online data service for private investigators, collection agencies, skip tracers, judgment enforcement professionals, repossession companies, bail bond agencies, government agencies and others who need to locate hard-to-find persons. It is not available to the general public.

US Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services – This service will help locate relatives or friends who are overseas when there is concern about their welfare or a need to notify them of emergencies at home. The Privacy Act requires that U.S. citizens over the age of 18 provide a Privacy Act waiver before information about them is released to a third party. Persons in the United States may inquire about the welfare or whereabouts of U.S. citizens abroad by calling the Overseas Citizens Services at 202/647-5225. If you would like more information about locating persons of unknown whereabouts, you may call the National Contact Center toll-free at 1 (800) FED INFO, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. eastern time.

ZabaSearch – ZABASEARCH is a free people search and public Information search engine.

Skip Tracing Books

Skip Trace Secrets: Dirty little tricks skip tracers use…: Learn Skip Tracing

Skip Trace Secrets. Dirty Little Tricks Skip Tracers Use to Find People Private Investigators, Repo Men, Bounty Hunters, Debt Collectors, Process Servers, Social Tracking. This book provides some of the tricks, secrets, tactics, tools, and methods to finding someone from a seasoned skip tracer. This book is great for process servers, recovery agents, collectors, and attorneys; experienced and beginners.

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Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


  1. The Social Security Administration will no longer forward mail. So far there’s not been an alternate maneuver to replace this.


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