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Social Security

When you view your credit report, it will list your Social Security number as well as any variations of it that may be tied to your credit history.

What is a Social Security number?

A Social Security number is the unique nine-digit number that the federal government provides U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents who are actively working. You have only one Social Security number even if you change your name or address.

Can Agencies Post an Item to Your Credit Report without Knowing Your Social Security Number?

While your Social Security number is a primary piece of information used to pull your credit report, it’s not the only information used. Experian matches information using all the identification information provided by the lender, so information will be accurately shown in your report even if no Social Security number is provided.

Tax ID Numbers Do Not Replace Social Security Numbers

July 17, 2016

Dear Experian, I do not have a Social Security number. Instead, I have an EIN number. Does the EIN number replace a Social Security number when placing a fraud alert? -...

Accounts Reported without Social Security Number

November 9, 2014

Dear Experian, Can a credit agency post something on my credit report without my Social Security number? - KOK

Can Individual Taxpayer ID Number Be Used on Credit Report

September 12, 2013

Dear Experian, I’m trying to request a dispute on my credit report, but it asks me for a credit report number. I have tried to request my annual free report...

Unrecognized Social Security Number Could Indicate Fraud

June 20, 2013

Dear Experian, My Social Security number is reporting incorrectly. How can I get this fixed? - BWR