Kris Kibak founded Instant Checkmate in 2010. The company operates a person search and background checks search engine.
The company researches demographic data, criminal records, and other public records across the United States.
Instant Checkmate offers a 5-day trial period for $1. Afterward, there are a variety of payment plans depending on how long a client would like to have service.
The website claims to have serviced more than 1 million clients.
Instant Checkmate is legal but it is not a consumer reporting agency. This means clients cannot use the information to make decisions about consumer credit, employees, insurance, tenant screening, or other purposes that would require FCRA compliance.
While Instant Checkmate has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, it does have more than 220 complaints on the BBB website.
In 2014, the company was fined just over half a million dollars by the FTC for, among other things, failing to maintain reasonable procedures to assure the maximum possible accuracy of the reports.
Instant Checkmate maintains a corporate office in San Diego, California.