Social Security Number Trace

Turnaround Time: 2 - 4 hours

The Social Security Number Trace search reviews the historical and logical connection between a candidate and the candidate’s Social Security Number (SSN) and provides an indication of a name match, along with information on the candidate’s address history, issuing state, year issued, and any alias names used.

The Social Security Number  Trace report is not obtained from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and does not provide validation of a candidate’s SSN. For SSN validation, please inquire into our Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) product.

Did you know

A Social Security Number Trace is the foundation of any solid criminal search. The information returned in the trace can be used to develop additional county criminal searches based on the addresses associated with the candidate’s social security number. The trace will also identify alias names associated with the candidate’s social security number so criminal searches can be run against them. As criminal searches are based on name and date of birth, and not social security number, running based on alias names can be key to ensuring your search is as thorough as possible.

Recommended for

The SSN Trace is recommended for all screening packages to:

 

  • Develop additional jurisdictions where an applicant has lived, in addition to AKAs that may not be included on the application. These developed jurisdictions and names are used to form a more comprehensive criminal record search, potentially uncovering criminal records that may have been missed using only applicant-reported information.
  • Aid in identifying the location and date of issuance, potentially revealing inconsistencies.
  • Return many years of address and name information. The jurisdictions added in terms of a criminal search are determined by the criminal package selected.

Sources

The SSN Trace utilizes 1000s of different sources of information, such as utility bills, car registrations, rental agreements, etc. However, the vast majority of the information comes from what are called "credit headers.” Basically, whenever a person applies for a credit card or a loan or pays a utility bill, credit headers keep track of the SSN used, as well as the names and address histories attached to it.

Turnaround Time

2 - 4 hours

Information Required

  • Applicant Information – name, social security number, and date of birth
  • Applicant AKA – Additional names under which an applicant’s record might be filed (maiden names, nicknames, etc.)

Results Guidelines

The SSN Trace is primarily used as a record locator device; therefore, no employment decisions should be made on the results of this check. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all employment law matters.

Potential Outcome (Result)

Complete: Report was returned to requester.
Missing Information: Information required to complete the report is missing from the order. Info Cubic can reach out to you for assistance or to the candidate directly using our Applicant Connect product. Call us at 1-888-925-0922 for more information.

Sample Report

SSN Address Trace for SSN 123-45-6789 COMPLETE
Requested Information Retrieved Information
SSN: 123-45-6789
SSN IS VALID. ISSUED IN NY
IN THE YEAR 1993-1994
Summary Information
NAME VARIATIONS: 3 UNIQUE JURISDICTIONS: 3
JANE DOE CO DENVER
JANET DOE NY NEW YORK
JANE B. SMITH MD BALTIMORE

FAQ

Q: How far back is address history reported on the Social Security Number Trace?

A: Address history is provided for the past 30 years, when and where available.

 

Q: Does the Social Security Number Trace include information from the SSA’s Death Master File?

A: No; however, you can obtain this information by ordering a Consent Based Social Security Verification (CBSV) which will be through the Social Security Administration.

 

Q: Does the Social Security Number Trace verify that the number belongs to the candidate?

A: No, the Social Security Number Trace only searches the database for the social security number. In order to verify the information matches what is on record with the SSA, you will need to order a Consent Based Social Security Verification (CBSV) which Info Cubic will process with the Social Security Administration.

 

Q: What are “aliases”, “AKAs”, or “Name Variations”?

A: The Social Security Number Trace will return any unique jurisdictions and names associated with the candidate’s social security number. Info Cubic clients can have their account set up to automatically process criminal searches on alias names that are returned, which is best practice as criminal records are stored by name and date of birth.

 

Q: My report indicates Info Cubic was unable to confirm the state and year of issuance due to SSN Randomization. What does this mean?

A: Prior to June of 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued numbers to reflect approximately when and in what state a number was issued. This was replaced by the SSN Randomization on June 25th 2011 in order to “help protect the integrity of the SSN.” For additional details, visit: https://www.ssa.gov/employer/randomization.html

 

For further details, call us today at 1-888-925-0922

The Cube Feature

The Cube will return all name and address history so long as the name input is found as a record on the corresponding SSN Address Trace records. This safety net is in place so we do not provide our customers with any potential names or addresses of other consumers. This is applicable in scenarios where an applicant or client user is using a false Social Security Number or made an error when keying in the number. If no matching records are found, our report will note this so customers can inquire with the applicant.

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