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.