electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (eCBSV) Service

UPDATE: The Social Security Administration notified the first potential group of permitted entities selected for the initial rollout of eCBSV on Friday, September 6, 2019. See the Press Release and FAQs for more information.
Information About the Initial Rollout

The initial rollout is designed to support the development of eCBSV business processes and systems requirements, and to provide for testing of the system performance and capacity. As a result, we can only support a limited number of companies until the expanded rollout. As indicated in the Federal Register Notice, SSA selected companies based upon the earliest date and time of the receipt of a completed application.

If you have received notification from us of your complete application, you will be invited to participate in the expanded rollout approximately 6 months following the initial rollout. We thank you for your continued interest.

Information About eCBSV

Section 215 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law (PL)115-174, directs Social Security to modify or develop a database for accepting and comparing fraud protection data provided electronically by a permitted entity. In response to this statutory directive, Social Security is creating eCBSV, a fee-based Social Security number (SSN) verification service.

eCBSV will allow permitted entities to verify if an individual’s SSN, name, and date of birth combination matches Social Security records. Social Security needs the number holder’s written consent through a wet or electronic signature in order to disclose the SSN verification.

eCBSV returns a match verification of “Yes” or “No.” If our records show that the SSN holder is deceased, eCBSV returns a death indicator. eCBSV does not verify an individual’s identity.

Social Security will roll out the service to a limited number of permitted entities in June 2020, and plans on expanding the number of permitted entities within six months of the initial rollout.

For more information, refer to FRN.

*In addition, SSA conducted an eCBSV Industry Call on Thursday, July 11, 2019, to share information about the current enrollment process. The script for that call can be found here.