TN 5 (05-18)
GN 03325.004 Disclosure of Additional Identifying Information When Only the Social Security Number
(SSN) is Provided to SSA
There are extremely rare cases in which we may provide identifying information to
a requester when the requester provides us with only an SSN. Because of the difficulty
in identifying an individual’s SSN record without sufficient identifying information,
disclosure of a name to a requester to match an SSN when no other identifying information
(or identifiers) is provided is restricted to situations involving serious law enforcement
activities or health and safety situations. Refer these cases to the Office of Privacy and Disclosure (OPD), Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Handle all other cases in which the requester provides only an SSN as potential
Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act denials.
REMINDER: In cases in which a caller does not know the SSN of record, it is our policy not
to disclose the SSN over the telephone. Advise the caller to make the request in writing
or in person.