Form SSA-89, Authorization for the Social Security Administration to Release Social Security Number (SSN) Verification is a form used for procuring data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to allow the third party to prove the connection between a person's name and a social security number. This verification is a mandatory requirement for mortgage lenders, credit check agencies, etc. It helps protect you against fraud and identity theft. For example, when it comes to mortgage, lenders want to know that the borrowers are indeed who they say they are. It is a crucial component in the employment screening process both pre- and post-hire.
Consent Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) Service is administered through the SSA and is usually used by companies that process credit checks, provide mortgage and banking services, satisfy licensing requirements, provide background checks, etc. Any social security number holder can request verification. It should be noted that the CBSV does not verify citizenship, identity, or employment eligibility.
The latest version of the form was released on February 1, 2018, with all previous editions obsolete. An SSA-89 fillable form is available for download and digital filing below. A version of the same form in Spanish is available for download here: Autorización para que la Administración de Seguro Social Divulgue la Verificación de un Número de Seguro Social (SSN).