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Skip Tracing

What is skip tracing?

Skip tracing is the act of collecting information on a hard-to-find individual in order to locate them. “Skip” derives from the commonly used phrase “to skip town” and refers to the person who needs to be found. “Tracing” refers to the act of tracking them down.

Finding elusive individuals might seem like the work of a detective, but it is an important skill for qualified process servers. Whether a person does not want to be served or lives in an isolated location, it is common for process servers to require skip tracing in order to complete their serves successfully.

How does skip tracing work?

A lot of skip tracing is understanding where and how to gather relevant information. Skip tracers will often conduct interviews with people who are close to their subject and engage in surveillance. They will also use the internet, searching for a subject’s online presence as well as using skip tracing software and extensive databases.

The type of information skip tracers commonly look for include:

  • Phone number databases
  • Credit reports
  • Credit card applications
  • Job applications
  • Criminal background checks
  • Loan applications
  • Utility bills
  • Public tax information
  • Public records databases
  • Courthouse records
  • Department store loyalty cards
  • Air travel records
  • Driver’s license/vehicle registration departments

On the surface, skip tracing may seem like something you can do yourself but it will cost you time, money, and energy that could be saved by working with a professional. Free Internet search services can occasionally be helpful, but the best services will cost you a fee. An experienced process server and skip tracer has access to high-tech methodologies, insider information, and cutting-edge surveillance techniques. Plus, they can call upon colleagues for assistance. Perhaps most importantly, a professional skip tracer will the while abide by federal, state, and local laws, such as trespass laws and privacy laws.

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