How to Find Someone's Social Security Number

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Think social security numbers are well-kept secrets? Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren't. Fact is, there are sites on the internet posting millions of perfectly valid social security numbers. Here are some resources you can use to find someone's social security number, or to verify that a number someone gives you is the real deal.

  • Use E-Verify

    If you are an employer looking to validate the social security number of a job applicant or an employee, then the online E-Verify service can assist you. E-Verify is jointly run by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (Customs Service). The Resources section has more information on the E-Verify site, where you can register for the social security validation service.

  • Check With SSDI

    To find the social security of someone who has passed away, check out the incredible online resource known as the Social Security Death Index. This search service contains 83 million records... almost everyone who has died in the US since 1963.

  • Check Status of Your Own SSN

    Is your own SSN secure? Type the number directly into a Google search box (in the form 000-00-0000), and make sure your social security identity isn't floating around on the internet. People are sometimes unpleasantly surprised to find out that their private information isn't, in fact, totally private.

  • Protect Your Identity

    If it turns out that your SSN in NOT secure, and is available on the internet, then take immediate steps to prevent (or at least curtail) identity theft. Use the tools identified in the resources section to contact the appropriate authorities.



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