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Skip Tracing Services

What is it?


What is skip tracing? Skip tracing also known as a locate is the process of locating a person’s whereabouts, whether it is a debtor who has skipped town, a witness for a court or legal matter, or simply a loved one that you have lost touch with over the years. When traditional methods of locating an individual do not work, professional private investigators can find the information you need. In addition to our resources as investigators, we have even more benefit being a national company as we have greater access to information throughout Canada rather than just in a single province. Our success rate for locates is nearly 98% in over 3000 cases.

Has a contractor vanished without finishing work on your property? Need to find the correct address to serve your ex-spouse with legal documents? Looking to recover payment from a deadbeat client? Are you trying to find adoption information to locate a birth parent, or locate beneficiaries of an estate? Skip tracing services will give you the information you need to locate the missing individual.


Our Skip Tracing - Locate Services


  • Witness Location
  • Missing Heir or Beneficiary
  • Long Lost Parent
  • Defendant Tracing
  • Business Tracing
  • Company Searches
  • Lawsuit Serving
  • Financial Recovery
  • Locate Birth Mother
  • Locate Birth Father
  • Collections
  • Bad Debts
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Lost Loved Ones
  • Adoption Traces
  • Locate Long Lost Family and Friends
  • Place Of Employment

Frequently Asked Questions

Using the Internet to try and find someone often produces redundant results, leads and outdated information that can cost you a good amount of time and money to obtain. A skip tracer, on the other hand, is a trained professional who uses the most advanced tools and techniques to quickly locate a person’s exact whereabouts. Whether you’re looking for a lost loved one, are a debt collector or a lawyer searching for someone who has skipped town, we can help find their exact whereabouts and current address.

When people don’t want to be found, you need a professional who has the right tools and years of experience locating missing individuals. Our team at The Smith Investigation Agency utilizes high-tech search tools and cutting-edge investigative techniques to deliver accurate results quickly and efficiently.

The more information you can provide us with, the better. Some of the basic information that we’ll need to begin a search includes their name, date of birth, last known address and employer, and their vehicle license plate information. However, any other information that you can provide will help speed up the search.

Skip tracing often takes between 24 hours to one week to obtain the results. However, some people are more difficult to find than others. It can take up to 10 days or longer in this case. We are happy to update you as often as possible until we can obtain the information you need.

You will receive a document outlining the most recent address of the person you are looking for.

The price is based on the specific requirements of the client and the complexity of the case. In most cases, a ‘per search’ service is quoted as a flat fee which is determined by the information provided. During your consultation, we will outline the estimated rates for the service.

Yes, skip tracing is legal. Our team of licensed private investigators follow all the Municipal, Provincial and Federal laws, as well as the Code of Conduct and regulations outlined in the Private Security and Investigative Services Act regarding collecting and using information.

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