Social Security Traces

A Social Security Number Trace is crucial for identifying jurisdictional information used in criminal record searches and is normally the first search performed on an applicant. Our Social Security Number Trace identifies prior residences and addresses, and is based upon information found in credit header reports. In conjunction with the information obtained from the applicant, addresses noted on the social security trace report are used to identify jurisdictions to be searched for criminal records. Additionally, AKAs (Also Known As) are also noted which proves helpful in further identifying criminal activity of an individual who uses or has used an alias.

SS traceThe SSN Trace Report also examines the Social Security Number to ensure that it is within a valid range and identifies the state and year of issuance. The number is also checked against the deceased records of the Social Security Administration, providing protection against SSN fraud.

A Social Security Number Trace can usually provide an accurate representation of a person’s residential history. People with no credit or assets, young applicants or candidates who have a newly issued social security number sometimes do not have a history associated with their social security number. In these cases, the applicant’s current residential data is used to identify jurisdictions that should be searched on the background check.

Where does the residential history on a Social Security Trace come from?

The information on a social security trace comes from a proprietary database. When an individual applies for credit (credit cards, retail store cards), provides personal information to companies (magazine subscriptions, product surveys) or completes online applications, that information is kept and later sold for use in marketing lists, credit reports and databases. This is the same method by which people get on mailing lists or by which they receive credit card offers. The proprietary database contains information from lending institutions, utilities, schools and credit card companies, or any other entity where you are asked to provide your social security number.

Please note, since Crimcheck.com is not the end user for this information, we cannot directly access the Social Security Administration records. Because the information changes hands so frequently (i.e. if an individual fills out an application by hand and another person then types it in) it is possible for typos, omissions and erroneous information to be present in the database. These anomalies are normally harmless to the candidate, but it can present different move in dates, additional jurisdictions, etc.

Why use a Social Security Number Trace as part of a background check?

The social security number trace identifies jurisdictions that an applicant may have lived. This information allows Crimcheck.com to determine what county and municipal courts should be searched for criminal records.

Why did the Social Security Number Trace identify an address where the applicant states that they have never lived?

Occasionally there are addresses listed on the social security trace that are not prior addresses of the applicant. This normally occurs because of a simple data entry error by one of the thousands of clerks and operators that handle the data. Searching an additional jurisdiction does not hurt the applicant, but merely provides for a more thorough background check.

What other information can a Social Security Number Trace show?

A social security number trace may identify maiden names, alternate versions of names, and “also known as names”. This can help to identify aliases that could be searched when conducting a criminal background check if included in your service package.

Where does the residential history on a Social Security Trace come from?

The information on a social security trace comes from lending institutions, utilities, schools and credit card  companies, or any other entity where you are asked to provide your social security number. This information is then forwarded to the big three credit bureaus (Equifax, Trans-Union and Experian) and retained in databases. These databases are what Crimcheck.com uses to identify residential history for candidates.

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