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Employment Verification

At times throughout your employment, there may be instances when you are required to verify your wage or employment history. 

To facilitate these transactions, we are pleased to announce that Central Michigan University has partnered with The Work Number® from Equifax to fulfill these requests.

What is The Work Number Database?

The Work Number® from Equifax is a simpler and more discreet way to help get proof of your employment and income information to credentialed companies when needed. It's available 24/7 so that you can get the decisions you need when you need them.

Who can ask for a verification? 

Not just anyone can ask for your personal information. They have to be credentialed and have a permissible purpose to obtain the information. The Work Number service requires requestors to be credentialed verifiers, meaning they have to go through a credentialing process to prove they have a permissible purpose under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in order to make a request and receive information. 

In addition, you have to give permission for a verifier to get your income information from The Work Number database. This is called consumer consent, and it's usually part of an application you complete, for a job, for a lease, or for credit.

Can an employee pull their own verification?

No, the employee is not able to pull their own verification and that is by design.  The Verifier wants that information to come from an independent third-party.  While the employee is unable to generate their own verification, they can view their data on The Work Number through the Employment Data Report, a consumer report, as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  This report is accessible to the employee through or by calling the EDR Request Line at 800-424-0253.

How does the Public Service Loan Forgiveness service work?

The PSLF program can forgive the remaining balance on direct loans after the borrower has made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.  Qualifying employers include governmental employers and many not-for-profit organizations. Find further information about qualifying government and not-for-profit organizations by visiting the Federal Student Aid website.

The PSLF fulfillment feature helps leverage employment data employers contribute to help populate the form, allowing the employee to self-service pull the form quicker, typically without the need to engage their employer, depending on what required data elements are within your data feed.  To help ensure your data feed is set up for utmost efficiency and automation, please reach out to

How do I know my information is correct?

The Work Number database is governed by the FCRA, which requires that employees be able to see who has requested their information and that you can check your data and dispute anything that may be wrong or inaccurate. You can access your Employment Data Report, a consumer report from The Work Number to learn more. 

How do you help protect my data? 

The Work Number service uses stringent security standards to help protect this data. These protocols include advanced data encryption, physical security controls in the data centers, and user identity verification through multiple steps (often referred to as multi-factor authentication). There are also controls required under the FCRA to help protect your privacy. 

Who needs to verify your employment and/or income? Typically, among other things, verifications are needed whenever someone: 

  • applies for a loan or public aid
  • leases an apartment
  • applies for a job
  • updates their immigration status
  • applies for a new credit card

What is the Employer Code?

This code identifies our organization with The Work Number. It can be searched by typing in our company name or you can use the employer code 157374 to access The Work Number.

How do I login to The Work Number?

  1. Start by going to
  2. Select "Log In" and follow the simple prompts
  3. Enter the Employer code 157374
  4. If this is your first time – pick "Register Now" 
  5. If a returning user – enter your username and password you set up.

The screens prompts will walk you through all the steps to help verify your identity and keep your account private while offering helpful messages if you have problems.

The Work Number Employee Guide and FAQ

Have questions? Or need to talk to someone? For assistance contact The Work Number Employee Service Center at:
800-367-2884 M-F 8:00 am - 9:00 pm (ET)