Most organizations think their background screenings already verify identity, either through a Social Security number (SSN) locator, a Consent-Based Social Security Number Verification (CBSV) check, or the actual background check itself.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Those screening products help confirm some things, like:
- Is the SSN valid?
- Is the SSN tied to a death record?
- Are there any previous names or addresses associated with the SSN?
But nothing within standard background screening, or the pre-employment process in general, verifies identity. This means the process does not actually confirm the biographic data a candidate provides even belongs to that person.
In the fireside chat below, Sterling Identity General Manager Taylor Liggett and Director of Compliance Chris Christian discuss this misconception in more detail — as well as what background checks actually verify, and the right way to verify identity in pre-employment (through their partnership with ID.me).