How to Check the Status of a SSN

by Kenrick Callwood; Updated September 26, 2017
Social security card

U.S. laws require that companies only hire individuals who have valid Social Security Numbers (SSN) and who have permission to work in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department hosts an online application that allows employers to verify that the information given to them by potential employees is accurate and that they are eligible for employment in the United States. There are over 200,000 employers enrolled in the voluntary program to date.

Step 1

Open an Internet browser and navigate to the USCIS E-Verify web page.

Step 2

Click on the "Enroll in E-Verify" link under the "Start Here" section of the right-hand navigation menu.

Step 3

Click the check box next to "I Agree" after reviewing the terms and conditions, then click "Continue."

Step 4

Review the E-Verify enrollment checklist and verify that the necessary business information is readily available. Press the "Begin E-Verify Enrollment" button once the checklist has been confirmed.

Step 5

Read the "Start Here" section and answer the four required questions about your company and its use of E-Verify. Press "Next" once the questions have been completed.

Step 6

Verify the answers to the questions and press "Next" to begin the enrollment process.

Step 7

Follow the onscreen instructions to fill in the required information and to complete the enrollment process.

Step 8

Log in to your E-Verify account once the account creation has been confirmed.

Step 9

Follow the onscreen instructions to enter the social security number(s) that need to be checked. The system will show the status of the SSN after a few moments.

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Kenrick Callwood has been involved in Internet marketing since 2007 and his work has appeared in numerous online publications. His main areas of expertise are psychology, travel and Internet marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from California Polytechnic University.

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