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Social Security Number (SSN) Trace

Service Summary

The ESR Social Security trace uses a private sector database compiled from hundreds of different sources, including credit headers, U.S. Postal Service address forwarding, utility bill records, voter registration records, and other similar sources to check the provided Social Security number for given name match and related addresses. The address history is a valuable tool used to identify jurisdictions used to search for criminal records.

Because of the wide variety of information sources that are subject to human error and due to a screening agency’s inability to assist a consumer in finding the original source any information that proves to be incorrect, SSN Trace results cannot be considered a part of the consumer report and are not to be the basis for any employment decisions or taking any adverse action. The SSN Trace serves exclusively as a locator tool to establish likely jurisdictions to search for public records. The inclusion of information from the SSN Trace only confirms that the service was performed.

Reason You Need This Information

A SSN trace helps verify job applicants are who they say they are and ensures that employers are not the victim of a fraudulent application by people with something to hide.

Limitations/Notes on Using this Information

If an employer does not have a sound business reason to obtain a credit report, the ESR Social Security Number (SSN) Trace gives information to help confirm identity and to uncover fraud. The information will reveal whether the social security number is part of the numbering sequence used by the government and may also indicate the state and approximate time period where the number would have been issue  However it is not an official  confirmation of that applicant's specific number directly from the government  and is NOT an official review of government records (other than the Death Index which is included).  The ESR Social Security Number Trace also includes data from numerous other sources in order to obtain past address.  These records are assembled and maintained by private sources. The records can have information that is incorrect or incomplete or belongs to another person and should NEVER be used by itself as the basis to make an employment decision.  However, the records are very helpful to find past addresses.  The existence of other names or addresses on an social security trace does not necessarily mean a consumer is the victim of identity theft, but a consumer may well want to order their free annual credit report in order to ensure that their identity is not being used.

Until June 24, 2011, the  numbering sequence of the SSN Trace could be used to verify the state and date range when the number was issued.   Since that date, however, all unassigned numbers have been placed a pool and are now assigned randomly. That means that in the future, the SSN Trace will be less useful as an indicator as to when and where the SSN was issued. Sometimes the SSN Trace is advertised as an “ID  or Address Validator.”  Although the SSN Trace is a helpful tool, it is NOT a validation tool all by itself.   It is not an official government record.   

Additional Service: Consent Based SSN Verification (CBSV) System 

The Consent Based SSN Verification (CBSV) System allows private businesses and government entities to verify that the name and SSN obtained from a customer matches or does not match the data in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) records. The information is matched against SSA‘s Master File of Social Security Numbers (SSNs), using Social Security number, name, date of birth, and gender code (if available). With the consent of the SSN holder, enrolled users may utilize CBSV to verify whether the SSN holder's name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination match SSA's records. CBSV returns a “yes” or “no” verification indicating that the submission either matches or does not match our records. If records show that the SSN holder is deceased, CBSV returns a death indicator. CBSV verifications do not verify an individual’s identity. For more information, visit: ESR Consent Based SSN Verification (CBSV)

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