Returned File Format
The returned text file is formatted as defined in the following table:
Effective 09/24/11, gender is no longer used as part of the SSN verification process. You do not need to make any changes to the file format. If a value is included in position '54' of a file, we will remove it and replace it with a blank prior to the verification attempt. All returned files will have a blank in position '48.'
|Field Name||Instruction||Position||Field Size||Field Type|
|Social Security Number||For security reasons, if the record has a verification code of 3, 6 or is blank, the first five (5) positions will be masked with an "X".||1-9||9||Alphanumeric|
|Last Name||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||10-22||13||Alpha|
|First Name||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||23-32||10||Alpha|
|Middle Name/Initial||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||33-39||7||Alpha|
|Date Of Birth (MMDDYYYY)||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||40-47||8||Numeric|
|Blank||SSA use only.||48||1||Blank|
16-position number assigned to a file submitted after 08/25/07
Eight (8)-position number assigned to a file submitted prior to 08/25/07.
|User Control Data||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||84-97||14||Alphanumeric|
Blank = Verified.
1 = SSN not in file (never issued).
3 = Name matches; DOB does not match.
5 = Name does not match; DOB not checked.
6 = SSN did not verify; other reason.
|98||1||Blank or Numeric|
|Processing Code 214||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||99-101||3||Numeric|
|Requester Identification Code||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||102-105||4||Alphanumeric|
|Multiple Request Indicator||Data identical to input provided by the requester.||106-108||3||Numeric|
|Blank||SSA use only.||109-120||12||Blanks|
Y = SSA records indicate the number holder is deceased.
N = SSA records indicate the number holder is not deceased.
|Blank||SSA use only.||122-130||9||Blanks|
Table of Contents
- SSNVS Handbook Home
- Contact Information
- What is SSNVS and BSO?
- System Requirements
- SSNVS/BSO Availability
- Access to SSNVS
- Logining into SSNVS
- Using SSNVS
- Submission File Format
- Returned File Format
- SSN Verification Results
- Status and Retrieval Options
- Status and Retrieval Results
- What To Do If An SSN Fails To Verify
- Logging Out
- SSNVS News
- Getting Help
- Employer Reporting Information
- Maintaining Your Registration Information
- Glossary of Terms
- Appendix A: Additional Verification Options