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Welcome to W-2 News, the electronic newsletter for employers who submit W-2s to Social Security.
Gender Removal from the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS)
The verification of gender is an optional part of the verification process since the release of SSNVS in June 2005. Effective September 24, 2011, Social Security will no longer use gender as part of the SSNVS verification process.
For direct input users, the gender input fields will no longer appear on the SSNVS SSN Verification input screen.
The file format for users sending electronic files will not change. If a value is included in position 54 of a file, we will remove the value and replace it with a blank before processing. All results files returned will have a blank in position 48, even if a value was included on the original file.
For all results, we will no longer use verification codes 2 and 4. We will reword verification codes 3 and 5 and verification codes 1 and 6 will not change.
Social Security Number Randomization
Social Security changed the way Social Security numbers (SSN) are issued. This change is called "randomization". Social Security developed this new method to help protect the integrity of the SSN. SSN Randomization will also extend the longevity of the nine-digit SSN nationwide. Social Security implemented the new assignment methodology on June 25, 2011.
SSN randomization affects the SSN assignment process in the following ways:
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Last reviewed or modified Tuesday Aug 08, 2017