How Do You Do an Instant Social Security Number Search?

An instant search for Social Security Numbers is not available, as the only way to obtain a Social Security number is with that person's written consent. Social Security Numbers are protected information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Some documents and information are available under the Freedom of Information Act. This act defines the records available to the public, but Social Security Numbers do not fall under this act, due to their sensitivity. Individuals can obtain their own information and can correct inaccurate information.

Employers can verify the identities of their employees or prospective employees. However, even the verification process does not provide employers with the ability to obtain numbers.