A Social Security Trace verifies the validity of a candidate’s Social Security Number. If the number is valid, the trace will identify the year and state in which the number was issued. The Social Security Trace will alert you if the number has not been issued, if it was used in a previously filed death claim, or if it was used with any fraudulent activity. The trace also identifies other names that may have been used and/or associated with the number. It also provides up to three past addresses, which assists us in determining which counties to search for a candidate’s possible criminal record. This in turn produces a more thorough criminal search.