News Articles

Home / News & Events / News Articles / Social Security Searches

Social Security Searches

Posted in News Articles on 10/05/2009

We receive questions from clients on social security searches.  What are they?  How are they done?  What is included?  Where does the information come from?

Social security number searches are locator products which help to establish names and addresses, both current and previous, for your applicants.  This is a great product to help decide where criminal searches should be done, as applicants may not always list all of their previous addresses on their applications.  Social searches are run using the applicant’s social security number and are considered one of the foundations of a background check.

The data comes from credit bureaus and other official sources, and is compared to the data the applicant provided.  This is not an “official” verification from the Social Security Administration, but a compilation of data from other sources.

Social searches are a great low cost addition to any background screening program.  Are you taking advantage of this on your background screens?  Contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694 for more information.