You must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to enroll in CBSV. If you need an EIN, contact the IRS.
SSA is currently developing a new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (eCBSV) system which will allow permitted entities to accept electronic consents. Please see the following link for more information on eCBSV.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act at 5 U.S.C. § 552a (b), section 1106 of the Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1306, and SSA regulation at 20 C.F.R. § 401.100 provide legal authority for disclosure of SSN verifications from SSA records.
CBSV is typically used by companies that provide banking and mortgage services, process credit checks, provide background checks, satisfy licensing requirements, etc.
With the consent of the SSN holder, CBSV can verify if the SSN holder’s name, date of birth, and SSN match SSA’s records. CBSV returns a match verification of “yes” or “no.” If our records show that the SSN holder is deceased, CBSV returns a death indicator. CBSV does not verify an individual’s identity.
Fees include a one-time $5,000 initial enrollment fee, and a fee per-SSN verification transaction. The CBSV transaction fee can change at any time.
SSA may close enrollment and suspend services at any time. Questions about CBSV may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBSV does not verify identity, citizenship, employment eligibility, nor does it interface with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) verification system. CBSV verifications do not satisfy DHS’s I-9 requirements.