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Definition
This 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 SSN 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.

Recommended for
The SSN Trace is recommended for all screening packages as it can:

  • 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 1000’s 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.

Turn Around Time
2-4 hours

Information Required

  • Applicant Information – Name and Date of Birth
  • Applicant AKA – Additional names that an applicant’s record might be filed under (maiden names, nicknames, etc.)

Results Guidelines
The SSN Trace is primarily used as a record locator device and 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.

 

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