Social Security Trace is a vital first step in conducting employment background checks. The SSN trace verifies your employment candidate's Social Security Number (SSN), past and present addresses and possible aliases or maiden names used. This search establishes the time frame of when the social security number (SSN) was issued and put into use. The SSN Trace shows whether the social security number (SSN) is valid, state of issue, and is actually registered to your candidate. A social security number (SSN) trace is essential for uncovering a candidate's possible criminal record. The Social Security Trace reveals your candidate's documented residence history and tells you where to search for criminal records.
An SSN trace shows a person's residential history, often going back a decade or more. Reasons for retrieving this information might be an employer conducting a pre-employment background check, an attorney locating witnesses or a private investigator looking for a person.
Any aliases associated with the SSN show in the results of a trace. It's important to note that it's not always the case someone purposefully uses an alias--it might be the name was incorrectly spelled by a database operator, it's a maiden name or an abbreviation (Ken instead of Kenneth).
Sometimes another person's name shows up in a trace as also using that SSN. Often this indicates a family member or friend who is linked (for example, through a business transaction) with that SSN. Sometimes it indicates someone else has access to that SSN, indicating identity theft.
Date of Birth
An SSN trace shows the individual's date of birth. It's possible there might be different dates if the date was entered incorrectly by a database operator, incorrectly transcribed on a form by an official or submitted incorrectly by the individual (for example, a criminal might do this to mislead authorities).