Tenant Screening Without Social Security Number

In this post, we will discuss how to request a RentPrep Background Check tenant screening report when your applicant has not provided you with their Social Security Number.

Some applicants may not be comfortable with providing you with their SSN.

If your applicant is not comfortable providing their SSN directly to you, there are still options available to you.

What to do when performing a tenant screening when missing an applicant’s Social Security Number?

When screening tenants there are 3 main identifiers a background check service looks for.

  1. Date of Birth
  2. Name
  3. Social Security Number

Some tenant screening services start by using the Social Security Number and cannot work without that information.

These are typically instant services that are software that relies on the SSN to find your applicant.

If you use a background service that utilizes FCRA Certified Screeners they’re able to use your applicant’s name, current address, and date of birth to identify your applicant and pull records.

Since our RentPrep Background Check is hand-compiled by a FCRA Certified Screener, we are able to perform the search without the applicant’s SSN provided.

How to screen a tenant without their SSN

Here at RentPrep, it’s a simple three-step process:

Step 1: Signup for a free account

You can create an account with RentPrep by clicking here.

Step 2: Choose a RentPrep Background Check

You have the option with our service to run a SmartMove or RentPrep tenant screening report.

SmartMove reports cannot be run without a social security number, so you’ll want to select the RentPrep Background Check.

Step 3: Tip off our screeners that you do not have the SSN

The easiest way to notify our screeners is when you’re entering your applicant’s Social Security Number just enter all zeros and use 000-00-0000 as your SSN.

This will notify our screeners that you don’t have a Social Security Number. If you want to be thorough you can email us at screening@rentprep.com and let us know your order number and that you won’t be providing a SSN.

Does it really matter if I don’t have my applicant’s SSN?

It’s preferable that you have your applicant’s SSN prior to requesting the RentPrep Background Check, especially if they have a very common name. If your applicant’s name is John Smith there is a good chance there are other John Smiths born on the same day.

However, it is still possible for us to cross reference databases to narrow down the field.

Unfortunately, if your applicant does not have a valid US Social Security Number the best option would be to run an international search on your applicant. 

If you have any questions about screening your tenants feel free to click the Live Chat box on our website to start a conversation with one of our FCRA Certified Screeners.