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A Brief Word from SSA

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Employers and third parties acting on behalf of employers can now verify employee Social Security numbers (SSNs) over the telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using the Social Security Administration’s automated “Telephone Number Employer Verification” (TNEV) service.

Beginning this fall 2009, the Social Security Administration’s telephone agents will no longer verify SSNs for employers.  Employers and third parties acting on behalf of employers must now use TNEV or the online Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS).

Any Employer that verifies Social Security Numbers must be a registered SSNVS user to access these services. Both TNEV (telephone service) and SSNVS (online service) provide the same service of verifying SSNs. 

If you are not a registered SSNVS user, don’t delay.  Register TODAY for SSNVS by clicking HERE, then selecting the “Business Services Online” link.  You must provide some personal information about yourself and your employer.  This website also provides access to a fact sheet with more information about TNEV, as well as answers to questions you might have about this program.  The Social Security Administration’s Employer Reporting Service Center is also available at 1-800-772-6270.


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