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SSN Trace Functionality, Randomization and Validation


SSN Address Trace Results

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.  As such, Info Cubic will not apply a result disposition (i.e. Clear or Review) to the SSN Address Trace.  The search will be displayed as “Complete” and will have one of the following results:

  • Return all name and address history results so long as the last name input is found at least once on the corresponding SSN Address Trace records.
  • A notation in the body of the search result that says, “No name or address records found. Either the supplied Social Security Number (SSN) does not match the provided name or there is no name and address history associated with the supplied SSN.”  In this scenario, either the client or applicant made a typo in error or provided an incorrect SSN purposefully.  It is also possible there is no name or address history associated with the SSN.  That could be the case when someone is very young and has not applied for credit, utilities, housing, etc. 

SSN Randomization

Occasionally you may see “unable to validate SSN” on the SSN Trace results in The Cube under the state and year issued. Whenever this result comes back, it’s due to SSN Randomization.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) changed the way Social Security Numbers (SSNs) are issued on June 25, 2011. This change is referred to as "randomization." The SSA developed this new method to help protect the integrity of the SSN. SSN Randomization will also extend the longevity of the nine-digit SSN nationwide.

The SSA eliminated the geographical significance of the first three digits of the SSN, referred to as the area number, by no longer allocating the area numbers for assignment to individuals in specific states. (Resource: 

Essentially what happened was the SSA recognized it would eventually run out of numbers to assign using the geographic significance method and so it transitioned to the Randomization process. Thus, anyone obtaining a new SSN will not be tied to a particular geography given the randomization. This process does not impact any SSNs issued before June 25, 2011. Additional FAQs supplied by the SSA may be found here:  

SSN Validation

The SSN Trace is not intended to officially verify or validate an individual’s SSN. Info Cubic also offers a Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) product that verifies that the SSN holder’s name, date of birth and SSN directly match the official governmental source records of the SSA Master File and Death Index. The CBSV is distinct from the SSN Trace product offering.

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