Social Security Number Trace
Our Social Security Number Trace (or Address History Search) is a crucial component of criminal history research and the first step of any effective background check. It provides you with your candidate’s address history and is used as a roadmap to select court jurisdictions that should be researched. Additionally, it provides any critical alias names that have been associated with that social security number. We have automated this function and our system processes your requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While we are able to provide this service via credit bureau traces, our preferred source is our internal Previous Address Social Security Trace (PASST) database. It combines comprehensive data from the three major credit bureaus plus other relevant data sources compiled from public records and publicly available information. In our experience, we find that the individual credit bureaus restrict their data either by capping the number of addresses or limiting the years information is made available. You benefit from PASST because it identifies far more historical addresses where your candidate may have lived since they were 18 while offering fewer time restrictions.
Checking additional names is important because nearly all courts file their records based on the person’s name at the time the offense occurred. We use the Address History Search to select alias names, processing each name through a 13-step checklist. This is an important step, because absent of this information, your criminal record search could be flawed from the start.