electronic Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (eCBSV) Service

SSA conducted a brief conference call on Thursday, May 28, 2020, to provide general information about eCBSV.

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 with 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.

Note to Interested Commenters:

On April 29, 2020, SSA provided OMB with an updated draft User Agreement, reflecting minor edits we made in response to the most recent public comments. As well, an accompanying Addendum explains exactly what has changed from the last version of the User Agreement to this one. You can view the updated User Agreement and new Addendum documents below. These are the final versions for which we are asking OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Federal Register Notice Addendum to the Supporting Statement

REVISED DRAFT – eCBSV User Agreement

On March 10, 2020, SSA published a second notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on eCBSV’s public information collections under the Paperwork Reduction Act. The comment period is now closed. Below are draft versions of the information collection tools referenced in the notice:

Federal Register Notice Supporting Statement

Federal Register Notice Addendum to the Supporting Statement

REVISED DRAFT – eCBSV User Agreement

REVISED DRAFT – eCBSV Static Website Content