For Intelius itself, search for your public profile and, if you find it, go to the opt-out form and submit a scan of your ID.
PublicRecords360 also has an online opt-out form, but note that the form is powered by Google Docs. If you don't want corporate behemoths (including Google) to know your identity, then I recommend faxing your ID to 425-974-6194. (The opt-out form also says you can email your request to email@example.com — but the fine print states, "Requests for opt out will not be processed over the phone or via email.") PublicRecords360 says it will take 7 to 14 days to process the opt-out request.
While my opt-out requests with both Intelius and PublicRecords360 were effective, as with PeopleSmart, I needed to find and opt out of all variations on my name at each service.
Finally, ZabaSearch — a formerly independent service that has been acquired by Intelius — accepts requests only by fax, after which they take 4 to 6 weeks to process. There is no form or template to fill out for these requests, but again, a copy of your state ID is needed. I suggest finding your profile and including the URL with your request.
I didn't have a listing at ZabaSearch, nor did my father, so I can't report on the effectiveness of opt-out requests.
Intelius owns other data brokers, but these are the three that my sources referenced most often as likely to have my contact information.
Opt-out form: http://www.ussearch.com/privacylock
Verification needed: Government-issued ID
Promised turnaround time: Within 714 days of receipt of proof of identity
My opt-out result: N/A
US Search's database includes "addresses and phone numbers, social networking profiles, plus detailed background information available through public records." It used to charge for its opt-out service, which it calls PrivacyLock; now this service is free. But like ZabaSearch, it requires the offline submission of a copy of a government-issued ID.
After you enter your name, city, state and age in the initial PrivacyLock form and find your name in the results, click "This Is the Record I Would Like to Block." Then you must print a cover sheet with your record number on it, and fax or snail-mail it along with a copy of your ID.
Neither my father nor I had a listing at US Search, so I can't report on the effectiveness of opt-out requests.
Opt-out form: http://www.peoplefinders.com/manage/
Verification needed: None
Promised turnaround time: 1 hour
My opt-out result: Effective
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