Online background check resources

Here are some resources for finding out what a background screen by a prospective employer, college admissions officer or others might reveal about you:

The Company    Records Kept     Contact Information    
Experian, TransUnion, Equifax Your credit history, Social Security Number and other personal info Free annual credit report from major bureaus required by federal law available at 1-877-322-8228 or
LexisNexis Information from government public records and some courts on real estate, liens, bankruptcies, professional licenses, death filings Pre-employment self-check starting at $24.95 for national criminal file from some courts, or $64.95 for search that includes employment or education verification. Scans the Internet for defamatory or offensive material about you. Helps get it removed or suppressed. Services begin at $10 a month.

Source: The Wall Street Journal