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Checkr’s customers often request a Social Security number Trace (SSN Trace) as the first screening run in any background check. This screening returns a list of your previous addresses and any other names you may have used based on your credit and banking history. Checkr then uses this information to run more checks if they're requested by the company ordering your background check report.
Your SSN will be truncated and encrypted in our protected databases.
There are screenings that do not require you to have an SSN, such as Motor Vehicle Records and Education verifications. However, if you are a U.S.-based candidate and do not have a valid SSN, Checkr cannot complete a criminal background check. Please contact the company you applied to if you have any questions.
Checkr cannot accept an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
If you are asked to provide a photo of your physical Social Security card, and you do not have your Social Security card, you must contact your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office and request one of the following:
- A new copy of your SSN card, or
- An ‘SS-5 - Numident record,’ which can be used in place of the Social Security card
Once either of these documents is obtained, you may upload an image via the Candidate Portal.