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SSN Reserved for Future Use

SSN Reserved for Future Use

Q: When I conduct a Social Security Number Verification some results show “Reserved for future use” what does this mean?

A: Reserved for Future Use is a denotation defined by the Social Security Administration for numbers in states that have not started to be assigned yet.

An SSN is made up of an Area Group Serial (AAA-GG-SSSS) number. All three numbers combine to make the complete SSN.

The Social Security number consists of nine (9) digits. The first three (3) digits denote the AREA (or State) where the application for an original Social Security number was filed.

Within each area, the GROUP number (middle two (2) digits) range from 01 to 99 but are not assigned in consecutive order. 


For administrative reasons, group numbers issued first consist of the ODD numbers from 01 through 09 and then EVEN numbers from 10 through 98, within each area number allocated to a State. 


After all numbers in group 98 of a particular area have been issued, the EVEN Groups 02 through 08 are used, followed by ODD Groups 11 through 99. 

Within each group, the serial numbers (last four (4) digits) run consecutively from 0001 through 9999. This chart below shows how Group numbers are assigned:

 

ODD – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 EVEN – 10 to 98
EVEN – 02, 04, 06, 08 ODD – 11 to 99

 

 

Even though an SSN provided is a valid number “Reserved for future use” means it has not been issued by that state yet.

For example: According to the SSN the state of MA is assigned to the AREA number 032. However, as of today July 2010 they are only issuing Group Numbers in the 92 series (ie. 032-92-XXXX).  After they assign the last number in that series 032-92-9999, they will start issuing 032-94-0001 and so on. An SSN such as 032-98-XXXX has not been issued in that series and therefor is “reserved for future use”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

Secretly Verify if SSN is Legal

Recent questions from customers inquiring about our free social security number verification system.

 Questions:

  1. Am I able to verify if an SSN is legal on your system and is it confidential ?
  2. Can I secretly verify if SSN is Legal ?
  3. Is your free online SSN verification search private ?
  4. Can I do a death search by social security number with your system ?
  5. Can I get a free background search by ssn ?
  6. If I use your system to search by ssn for free what info do I get ?

Answers:

  1. In short, yes you can Secretly verify if SSN is legal and it is confidential. It’s not necessary to secretly verify SSN information. If you are an employer just trying to find out if someone is providing a valid SSN you can call the SSA or use our system or both. You should not rely on one system and you can not make employment decisions based on the information you receive from our web site. Employers must abide by current laws such as GLB, FCRA and any others that affect your industry. Consult an HR or legal professional for further advise.
  2. Please refer to answer 1 above.
  3. Please refer to answer 1 above.
  4. It is not necessary to conduct a separate death records search. If you use our free SSN verification system and know the SSN we will do a free death records search for you at the same time we check to see if the SSN is valid. If a death record is found we will provide the date of death or whatever if located.
  5. Um, sorry, but no. A full background check requires a professional to uncover all the necessary information. You can obtain a comprehensive background check from one of our investigators it’s just not a free background search by SSN.
  6. Well, if you provide the SSN (no name or anything else), our system will check to see if the social security number is a valid number or not. If it is, the system will provide you with the state that issued that number (in the future we hope to provide an approximate year as well). Some of the responses can be “Valid” or “Active”, which means the SSN has likely been issued by the state reported, and it has not been reported to the Social Security Death Index. If the SSN report comes back as “not valid” the most likely explanation is that the number you entered is not a legitimate SSN or the number has yet to be issued. If the free SSN report comes back as “NOT active” the SSN was most likely found in the Social Security Death Index and the report should include the approx date of death if available.

A Long Question: Can you please provide an explanation of how your free SSN verification works. We need to make certain that the information you provide is credible and reliable. Please provide more information about how the system works and the resources that are used to verify the information.

A Long Answer: We utilize a proprietary system using data from the ssa.gov web site as well as the social security death records index file both of which are updated monthly.

Since our Social security number verification program currently allows a few free searches daily you can certainly test the validity of the data easily. Simply run a bunch of SSN numbers known to be both valid and invalid. In other words, enter good numbers, invalid numbers, and deceased numbers into the free SSN verification tool.

Secretly Verify if SSN is Legal

When testing out our Free social security number verification tool please keep in mind that some deceased information takes longer than others to be reported and/or included in the the death file by the SSA.

You should also keep in mind that anytime the state increases or changes the group number (the middle two numbers of the SSN) or when someone gets a brand new SSN it can take a anywhere from 45 days to a few months for the system to recognize the number as valid.

Also, if there is a group number that does not get issued or changed often for some reason there are not many births or SSN numbers issued in a certain sequence a relatively new number may not produce an “Active” response by the system.

It’s important to realize and understand that every system is going to have some discrepancies as no one can guarantee 100% accuracy but we’ve processed well over 1,000,000 free SSN verifications since we started offering the service and can honestly say our system offers well over a 99% accuracy rate. We think that’s a pretty darn good track record. We hope you give it a try.

If you need more than a few free SSNs verified each day we offer a simple online solution using this link for less than $0.25 each.

If you only need to verify a few a day (we are offering 10 free a day as of this writing) you can simply use our free SSN verification tool.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of www.bestpeoplesearch.com. Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

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