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How do you verify a Social Security number?

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According to the Social Security Administration, there are two options for organizations, employers or third-party submitters to verify Social Security numbers. One of the options is through Social Security Number Verification Service, a free online service that allows employers to verify that the names and Social Security numbers of their employees match the records of the Social Security service

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Alternatively, one can use the Content Based Social Security Verification Service. The Content Based Social Security Verification Service is a fee-based verification service that is available to enrolled private companies as well as state and local government agencies to provide instant and automated verification. Unlike the former method, this method can handle large volumes of requests at ago. According to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, there are three main steps to get verified. The first step involves entering the ID data like name, address and the date of birth. At this stage, a person’s Social Security number is optional. The second step involves answering a question based on one’s personal information. This is done basically to confirm the person’s identity. The questions one sees and how he answers them are not available to the government. This step is timed, so before one begins, he needs to allocate time to complete it without distractions. The final step involves entering document data, which basically involves confirming one’s work eligibility.

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