Social Security Trace

social security trace

The cornerstone of every employment criminal record background check.

Social security number traces provide us with the in-depth information needed to conduct thorough criminal background checks. This includes finding current and previous addresses and identifying any other names the applicant may have used, which are essential for researching criminal history. We then utilize this information to perform more valuable, in-depth criminal record checks.

A social security trace is an excellent tool used to set a road-map when conducting criminal record searches. Using the social security number as the search criteria, the report provides a list of addresses at which the applicant has reportedly lived over a specified period of time as well as every name they have reportedly used during that same time.

Social security traces are obtained through two basic sources. The first of which is a credit bureau such as Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. These companies collect information including names, addresses and social security numbers reported by lending institutions such as banks, credit card companies, utility companies and cable providers. If an applicant has applied for any type of credit, it is likely that it has been recorded by the credit bureaus.

The other source for trace reports is through commercially compiled databases. As with all databases, some are better than others. The more comprehensive databases, such as the one utilized by Clarifacts, combine information from credit bureaus, as well as additional sources which may include, but are not limited to, customer loyalty programs, magazine subscriptions, health club memberships and online retail accounts.

Learn why a social security trace is the first step in a comprehensive background check – contact us today.