Employment Verification Procedures

Published on
Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:44 AM

HCPSS uses The Work Number to provide automated employment and income verifications. The Work Number from Equifax is a fast and secure way to provide proof of your employment or income, a necessary step in many of today’s life events including obtaining credit, financing a home or automobile, obtaining a housing lease or securing government benefits or services.

The Work Number simplifies the verification process and accelerates qualifying decisions through an online system available to verifiers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hundreds of thousands of credentialed verifiers rely on The Work Number for rapid access to information critical to their decision process, and thousands of employers nationwide have entrusted The Work Number to provide this important service on behalf of their employees.

Additionally, employees can access one (1) free Employment Data Report (EDR) each year through www.theworknumber.com. The EDR provides complete historical employment and income information, as well as a listing of verifier requests for the past two years.

This service is available to:

  • All current employees
  • Anyone who has separated from HCPSS within the last 8 years


The Work Number can be accessed at www.theworknumber.com or by phone at 1-800-367- 5690 (most verifiers) or 1-800-660-3399 (social service agencies). The Howard County Public School System Employer Code is 14673.


The Work Number provides title, dates of employment and status (whether the employee is active or inactive) as well as income/salary information. The employee provides to their verifier (lender, landlord, etc.) his/her social security number and employer name or code (14673). A salary key is not required.

There are rare instances where a verifier needs additional income information and they may ask the employee to provide a Salary Key. Click on the attached document "Creating Salary Keys 2016.pdf" for information on obtaining a salary key.

For information on obtaining an Employee Data Report (EDR), click on the attached document "Accessing Your EDR 2016.pdf".