Effective June 1st, 2014, A-Check will no longer report U.S. Social Security Number Validation information and this item will be removed from reports.
Up until June 25th, 2011, Social Security Numbers issued by the Social Security Administration were based on a formula that allowed certain information to be gleaned from the SSN. Specifically, A-Check could learn from each SSN whether it was valid and issued in a particular state in a specific year.
According to the Social Security Administration, “As the SSN is increasingly used by public and private entities in conjunction with other tools and processes for identity verification, instances of SSN fraud, misuse, and identity theft are also on the rise. SSN randomization will help protect an individual’s SSN by making it more difficult to reconstruct an SSN using public information.”
The Social Security Administration’s decision to randomize newly-issued numbers beginning June 25th of 2011 has, over time, rendered this database product obsolete for use by pre-employment Consumer Reporting Agencies and employers. Any new SSN issued since June 25th of 2011 has been reported as “May not be valid or may have been issued after 6/25/2011.
The SSN Validation should not be confused with the Social Security Number Trace, which is used to develop additional aliases and residential addresses. This product is obtained through the credit bureaus and will continue to be offered by A-Check.
The SSA will still provide opportunities for direct online SSN verification. Please contact A-Check’s Client Relations Department to determine if any of the products below meet your specific needs.
- The SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service available to employers.(post employment only) Available from SSA.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s e-Verify Service available to employers to determine employment eligibility. Available through A-Check.
- The SSA’s Consent-Based SSN Verification Service available to enrolled private companies and government agencies for a fee. Available through A-Check.
Social Security Administration FAQ page