Social Security numbers are issued according to the state of RESIDENCE of the applicant at the time the Social Security card was applied for. When you take a rental application, ask the applicant a question to see if the Social Security number may be fraudulant if the Social Security number was issued out of state. One landlord likes to ask: "I knew someone from (state of issue) with your same last name...have you ever lived in that state?" If the answer is no then I SUSPECT that the Social Security number may be fraudulant.
Here is a list of Social Security number prefixes that you can use:
Social Security prefixes were issued to residents as follows:
001-003 New Hampshire
035-039 Rhode Island
050-134 New York
135-158 New Joyszee
232 West Virginia & No. Carolina
233-236 West Virginia
237-246 North Carolina
247-251 South Carolina
501-502 North Dakota
503-504 South Dakota
525 New Mexico
577-579 Washington DC
580* Virgin Islands & Puetro Rico
581-584 Puerto Rico
585 New Mexico
586* Guam, Samoa & Philipine Islands
596-599 Puerto Rico
700-728 Railroad Retirement Program (no longer used)
*These numbers were also issued to Southeast Asian Refugees
between April 1975 and November 1979.
Ernie Riddle, a frequent contributor to the LANDLORD QUESTION & ANSWER FORUM on mrlandlord.com, offered the tip of asking applicants if they ever lived in the state that matches the prefix of their social security number. Using that tip and the above information has been a screening method that has helped him prevent rental application fraud. He therefore suggested that we post the above Social Security Prefix information which may be helpful to other rental property owners when screening applicants. Ernie is also the owner of the Landlord's Lock Service, a featured supplier on our website. Thanks Ernie. And to others, if you provide a product for landlords and the rental industry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write I am a Supplier in the subject line. We are looking for other suppliers to feature on this website for the new year.
We also suggest that rental owners always request a scored credit report for all prospective residents to help identify qualified applicants. Click here if you need info about obtaining credit reports.
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