Social security number searches have long been the preferred method for both locating people and running background checks by law enforcement, private investigators, lawyers and more.
A social security number search has traditionally been viewed as superior to other types of searches because every US citizen has one and virtually every legal transaction performed by a US citizen is linked with their social security number in some way.
In the past, social security number searches have only been available to select, authorized groups (such as those mentioned above) and only for specific purposes. Some of these SSN searches even required the permission of the person being searched.
Fortunately, even if you’re not a legal professional or private investigator, you can run a thorough SSN-based search anonymously and cheaply (if not for free). And – if you don’t know a person’s social security number – you can still have success with even the bare minimum of information about the person you’re searching for.
The secret starts with the social security number itself. The first three number of an SSN – also known as the area numbers – are associated with the state that issued the social security number. According to the Pew Research Center, 57% of US citizens are are living in the same state they were born in, so that information definitely gives you a good place to start your search. By using the USA Trace SSN Chart, you can identify the state and use local white pages (often available online), social media/social networking (such as Facebook and LinkedIn) or just plain Googling to try to find the information you need – all of which are free options.
You can also try a free social security number search below to get additional information that may give you a springboard for the free search options mentioned above:
If you don’t have a social security number, try the People Search tab and get almost identical results using just a name and last known city & state (or even just the city). This option can be useful even if you do know a social security number, but aren’t getting the results you’re looking for through that search.
If the free results you see are sufficiently intriguing and/or you’re not getting the results you need from the free options that are available, you can always click through to buy a complete background check report for around $10. These include current addresses and phone numbers, marriage/divorce records, criminal records and more.
Before buying, you’ll get some additional free information about the person whose report you’ll be receiving so can be sure you’ve found the right person. If you decide to buy, you’ll get your report instantly and anonymously – your research will be done in one click and the person being researched is never notified
A free social security search can is possible if you decode the information in the social security number itself, but it’s not easy and it’s rarely going to give you thorough results. If you exhaust all the free options and still aren’t satisfied, a premium $10 background report is a great way to get every scrap of information available – and fast!