Social Security Trace
The Social Security Trace and past Address History Search checks the validity of an applicant’s Social Security Number against Credit Bureau Databases. The trace also identifies AKA’s (also known as) that have been used other names that are attached to the social security number.
Why Run The Search?
SSN Traces serve two purposes:
1. They verify that the name and SSN you were provided go together.
2. An address history report is produced so you can see where the person has lived usually for
the past 7 years.
Using the address history report you will know where to search for criminal records. Your
Background Check software should be able to put together a suggested order for you based on
Why Do Some Reports Come Back No Records?
When the report comes back “No Record Found” this usually means the individual does not
have any credit information on file. This is common if the person you are searching is young or
new to the country and may not have any credit accounts open.
In this case you have two options:
1. You can ask the person to produce their Social Security card and a photo ID and make a
judgment as to if it looks valid.
2. You can contact the Social Security Administration if the person is already hired. If you
indicate to the Social Security Administration that is a job applicant they will not verify any
information for you.
To contact the Social Security Administration
Call (800) 772-6270 7am-7pm EST
They will ask:
- Your company name and Tax ID number
- SSN of the person
- Name of person
- Date of Birth
Why Do Some Social Security Trace Reports Have Errors?
Unfortunately, due to credit bureau errors there are some inaccuracies in these reports.
The good news is that 99% of the time this is nothing to be worried about as the errors have
occurred due to a data entry mistakes at the Credit Bureau.
A common mistake occurs when someone you don’t know got linked to your SSN or someone
you do know got linked to you perhaps due to sharing an address or doing a joint financial
Again, their errors cannot usually hurt you in any way as they are just Credit Header Data and
not your financial data. If you like to be sure of this, just run your Credit Report and make sure it
looks like it is supposed to.
If you would like to correct the errors in your report, we cannot correct them for you as we do
not control the credit header database. However, we will do our part to get their information to
the database provider. Use the contact form located at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detail on the form what errors should be changed. We will get acknowledgment of your request
back to you within 2 business days.
If I Have A Name Can I Find A Social Security Number?
Due to privacy laws, we do not provide searches for social security numbers. We only run social
security verification and traces where the SSN is provided by the customer.