Skip Tracing Techniques

Skip tracing is used to locate a person who has moved without leaving a forwarding address.

Document every step you take to trace the skip. This will help to prevent you from repeating the same steps over again.

These are potential sources of information for skip tracing. Not all of these information sources will help you, but you can almost always find someone who will help you.

The response you receive from many of these sources will be dependent upon:

  • Government regulation concerning information sharing
  • Industry standards and corporate guidelines
  • Individual personality traits of each information source
  • The relationship of the skip to the information resource
  • The reason you state why you are seeking the information
  • Your skills as an investigator

Skip Tracing Checklist

  1. Check online resources such as ZabaSearch.
  2. Check online telephone directories and call the information operator (411).
  3. If you have a telephone number for the skip, check the reverse telephone directories.
  4. If the last known address is an apartment building, check with the property management firm to see if they have a forwarding address.
  5. Mail a letter to the last known address and view the information on the envelope after it is returned by the post office.
  6. Try to get the last known address from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  7. Try to get the last known address from the Drivers License Bureau.
  8. Check marriage licenses with the country clerk.
  9. Check death certificates with the country clerk.
  10. Check voter registration records.
  11. Check real estate property records with the county assessor.
  12. If the skip has school-aged children, check nearby schools.
  13. Check with the power company. Inquire both by name and by last known address.
  14. Check with the water district. Inquire both by name and by last known address.
  15. If the skip is the type of person to incorporate, check with the Secretary of State for his state to discover incorporation papers.
  16. If the skip was a business owner, check with the Department of Wage and Labor for possible wage claims from past employees.
  17. Many professions require state licenses. Contact the appropriate licensing agency. Professions which are commonly licensed include:
    • Commercial truck drivers
    • Real Estate Agents
    • Real Estate Appraisers
    • Construction Contractors
    • Insurance Agents
    • Barbers and Beauticians
    • Cosmetologists
  18. Many professions are unionized. Contact the appropriate labor union. Professions which are commonly union controlled include:
    • Construction
    • Musicians
  19. If the skip was or is in business, check with:
    • Customers
    • Suppliers
    • Competitors
    • Past employees
  20. Check with neighbors at the last known address.
  21. Check with family members.
  22. Check with local banks, credit unions, and finance companies.
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