Social Security Numerology

Since the mid-1930s, the social security number has become the key piece of identification information for those who live and work in the United States. It also has become a target for identity thefts who use it, along with other personal data, to access bank accounts, credit cards and all other manner of confidential financial information.

More recently, social security numbers have become important because of undocumented immigrants selecting numbers at random when they are hired. Since the numbers are issued sequentially, it is relatively easy to select a number that appears valid. This site provides some tools for determining whether an employee has provided a valid social security number.

The goal of this site is to educate consumers about social security numbers. We provide information and tools to understand what the number means and how it is assigned. We also provide our users with information and tips for safeguarding their personal information to avoid identity theft.

To look up information about a particular social security number, type it into the box at the right. Or, click the other links on this page for additional information.

Also, those interested can view the actual text of the 1935 Social Security Act, as passed by the U.S. Congress.