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: