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What is skip tracing?

Updated August 30th 2022

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One method to research the whereabouts of your defendant is hiring a professional to perform skip tracing.

What is skip tracing?

What is skip tracing?


Amy Wang


What is a skip trace service?

According to the US Census Bureau, a person moves an average of 11.7 times in their lifetime. That is why legal professionals and collection agencies often employ professionals to track down an individual who really doesn’t want to be found. This service can also be used to locate your defendant who may be evading service.

A professional skip tracer is typically a certified individual with access to restricted database tools such as LexisNexis or Equifax. Extensive records of the person of interest would be reviewed to generate a history of the whereabouts of the person of interest. Information used during a skip tracing include:

  • Address history
  • Travel history
  • Court records
  • Credit card applications
  • Credit reports
  • Criminal records and background checks
  • Driver’s license history
  • Job applications and history
  • Loan applications and history
  • Phone number records
  • Search engines
  • Social media
  • Tax records
  • Utility bills
  • Vehicular history

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How does the skip trace Help my Case?

Unlike a private investigator or detective work that can end with an arrest, the outcome of a skip trace is to provide additional addresses where the person of interest can be found. Running a skip trace on your defendant will give you a list of potential addresses where you can attempt to serve the defendant.

How to order a Skip Trace?

There are many professional skip trace services available. If you would like to order this service from Dispute, please contact us.

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