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Did you think the State or Territory you were born in was a secret?

Enter the first three digits of a Social Security number:

The Feds link this number to:

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the first three digits of every U.S. Social Security number is a code that may indicate the state or territory in which your application stated you were born (the code definitely reveals the state in which you registered with SS). For recent immigrants, the number should match up with the state or territory in which you were living when you received proper working papers.

Note: The database in this document is not 100 percent complete. Populous states have added numeric ranges not contained here.


  1. Enter the first three digits of a U.S. Social Security number in question.
  2. Click on the Search button.
  3. See the corresponding state or territory in the field.

For the paranoid: No information you enter here is recorded or monitored--it stays entirely within your browser.

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