Social Security Number Verification Tips
How to Verify Social Security Numbers for Free
If you're on a tight budget and you need to confirm the authenticity of a social security number without paying for it, there are several choices. This article will guide you through how to analyze a social security number to confirm its authenticity.
The first thing you will want to do is familiarize yourself with the makeup of a social security number. Social security numbers consist of nine (9) digits separated by hyphens (e.g. 000-00-0000 is the format). The first three numbers are known as the area field and represent the state where the SSN was issued. The areas are as follows:
001-003 NEW HAMPSHIRE
035-039 RHODE ISLAND
050-134 NEW YORK
135-158 NEW JERSEY
232-236 WEST VIRGINIA
232,237-246 NORTH CAROLINA
247-251 SOUTH CAROLINA
501-502 NORTH DAKOTA
503-504 SOUTH DAKOTA
525 NEW MEXICO
577-579 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
580 VIRGIN ISLANDS
580-584 PUERTO RICO
585 NEW MEXICO
586 AMERICAN SAMOA,GUAM
596-599 PUERTO RICO
648-649 NEW MEXICO
700-728 ISSUED TO RAILROAD BOARD PRIOR TO 1963 (NO LONGER USED)
The next two numbers of the social security number are known as the group numbers. The group numbers don't have any geographic significance. They are the order in which numbers are handed out. Each month the social security administration (SSA) publishes a list of the most recent (highest) numbers releases for each region. With this in mind, if you have a number you're researching and the middle numbers are higher than the SSA has released so far, you will know you're dealing with a bogus SSN.
The last four numbers of a social security number is the serial number. Although these aren't necessarily released in any particular order, the SSA seems to be moving towards releasing them in an increasing forumula (higher numbers after lower numbers).
How to Spot an Invalid SSN Immediately
If any of the three parts of the SSN contain all zeros, the number is invalid. The SSA never uses all zeroes for any part.
If the first three numbers are above 740, the number probably isn't legit.