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    Verify Social Security numbers of employees

    Article ID: 1000332

    Overview

    This article explains how to match an employee's name and Social Security Number (SSN) with Social Security records before preparing and submitting a Form W-2.

    Expected Outcome

    You can verify your employee's SSN.

    Assumptions

    Your employee has provided you with their SSN.

    Details

    To verify Social Security Numbers for up to 10 employees at a time:

    Call the Social Security Administration at 800.772.6270 to access its free Employee Verification Service. This service is available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Eastern time. You need to provide the following information:

    • Your company name
    • Your Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)
    • Employee's name
    • Employee's Social Security Number
    • Employee's gender and date of birth

    For more information, go to the Social Security Administration SSN validation website. To learn about more about invalid or impossible Social Security numbers, click here. To learn more about the importance of Social Security numbers, click here.

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