Under the Privacy Act, an individual has the right to access any information in our
records about him or her, including a copy of Form SS-5 (Application for a Social
Security Card) and the Numident record. A Numident is a query display of the information
taken from an individual's original application for a Social Security card and subsequent
applications for replacement SSN cards.
The only official document verifying an individual's SSN is the SSN card. A third
party may ask an individual to obtain a Numident to verify his or her SSN. The third
party may also seek valuable personal information contained in the Numident record.
While the number holder (NH) is entitled to his or her own Numident record, he or
she may be unwittingly disclosing more information than is necessary to verify his
or her SSN. Disclosing Numident information unnecessarily to third parties greatly
increases the NH's vulnerability to identity theft and SSN fraud. In addition, persons
can easily duplicate or alter Numident records.