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Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV)

CBSV is primarily used by businesses and government entities to mitigate fraud, enhance the accuracy of records, and meet various regulatory requirements. For example, financial institutions might use CBSV to combat identity fraud or verify the identity of their customers.
BCS Background Screening is proudly a CBSV enrolled company.

Consent based social security number verification (CBSV) is the optimal system for validating personal identifiers (PII). It is a fee-based service implemented by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This tool is FCRA valid and compliant.

CBSV delivers real-time validation of an applicant’s Name, SSN, DOB matched exactly to the Social Security Administration. It also compares SSN to the Master File and Death Index in the event the SSN was already issued and the original recipient is now deceased.

CBSV is deemed to be an essential part of the employment screening procedure when used in combination with the SSN Address History Trace.

This system will simply respond with a “Yes” or “No” verification code that the user’s input is valid. CBSV does not verify the identity of the person holding the card. In other words, it will verify that the SSN card presented validly belongs to the name, social security number, and date of birth input. It will not provide an applicant’s address history much like the SSN Trace used for locating aliases and address history in order to provide counties or states of residence for criminal search history

Tip: A hiring manager should always obtain an official government-issued photo identification card to compare photo, name, and address to name in social security card prior to ordering the social security trace report.

Access to CBSV verification

This search is not initially enabled in your account. Contact our office for proper documentation and credentialing of your legitimate business need in order to enable access.

How to order CBSV

  1. Enter applicant’s info as you normally would in your BCS screening portal
  2. Select CBSV from dropdown menu
  3. Have employment applicant complete and sign SSA-89 Rev April 2023 form
  4. Do NOT change “Company” or “Agent” pre-filled information
  5. Upload the applicant’s signed and completed SSA-89 form. Click “Save” after upload. See the image below.
SSA89 upload instructions

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act at 5 U.S.C. § 552a (b), section 1106 of the Social Security Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1306, and SSA regulation at 20 C.F.R. § 401.100 provide legal authority for disclosure of SSN verifications from SSA records.