How to Remove My Name From Public Search Records

By Tallulah Philange

Privacy is becoming more paramount in our networked society. Some people are not comfortable having their name, address and other information available on the Web. Unfortunately, you cannot fully remove your name from all from public records, especially from items that are considered open information, such as court cases or sexual offender registries. Your name also may be listed on online phone books, real estate transactions and so on. However, you can take steps to cut down on the number of times your name appears in online public records. Several large databases are primarily responsible for public records that appear on the Internet. Contact the companies and opt-out of their service. It will take several weeks, but your name will appear much less frequently in public search records.

Things You'll Need

  • Photocopier
  • Pen
  • Fax machine
  • Printer

Intelius

Step 1

Log on to Intelius.com and enter you name under "People Search" to find out what information is available.

Step 2

Photocopy your driver's license or other state-issued identification card. Cross out the license number and photo with a dark pen--this information is not needed to opt out of Intelius's database.

Step 3

Fax a letter requesting opt-out from Intelius's database along with the photocopied identification card to 425-974-6194. The removal process takes four to six weeks to complete.

US Search

Step 1

Log on to US Search's PrivacyLock Service at ussearch.com/consumer.

Step 2

Enter your information in the "Find the Record to be Blocked" search option and click "Go". Choose from among the options presented and click "This is the Record I Would Like to Block".

Step 3

Click "Print This" to print out the required opt-out cover sheet. Fully fill out the form.

Step 4

Photocopy your driver's license or state-issued identification card, and cross out the copy's photo and license number.

Step 5

Fax the form and photocopy to 425-974-6242 or mail to: US Search - PrivacyLock600 Corporate Pointe Suite 220Culver City, CA 90230The request takes two to three weeks to process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will reappear in online search records if your name is associated with public information such as an arrest after you opt-out of the databases. Your name may continue to be associated with relatives' search records even after opting out.