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Employment Verification Information

We are pleased to announce that effective 1/3/2017, The University of Chicago will use The Work Number®  to provide automated employment and income verifications for our employees.  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 process, and thousands of employers nationwide have entrusted The Work Number to provide this important service on behalf of their employees.

Additionally, the employees who work for organizations that contribute information to The Work Number 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.

For Employees:

For additional information about the The Work Number or accessing your Employment Data Report, please visit www.theworknumbers.com/employees and use the log-in information below.

Deans, officers, and executive staff, please contact the Shared Services Help Desk at 773-702-5800 or submit an inquiry via the Shared Services Online Portal services.uchicago.edu for information regarding verifications.

For the University of Chicago employees, the default ID and PIN scheme is:

User ID: Chicago ID

PIN Scheme: First 8 numbers of Chicago ID (no final letter)

If you are seeking a letter of University letterhead or employment verification for non-traditional purposes (i.e., the Public Service Forgiveness Loan), please continue to email your requests to verifications@uchicago.edu. PLEASE NOTE: outside parties should not use this email, but rather, should contact The Work Number, following the protocol below.

For outside income or employment verifications:

Please follow the instructions below to complete the verification:

How to Use The Work Number

For Commercial Verifications (mortgage lenders, pre-employment, property leasing, credit cards, etc.)

  • Please visit www.theworknumber.com and select "I'm a Verifier"
  • Provide the following:

    1.  Employer Name or Code: University of Chicago

    2.  Employer Code is 27260

    3.  Employee's Social Security Number

For Social Services Verifications* (including Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, SNAP, TANF, Child Support, Public Housing, etc.)

*Available to qualifying assistance agencies only

  • Please visit www.theworknumber.com and select "I'm a Verifier"
  • Provide the following:

    1.  Employer Name or Code: University of Chicago

    2.  Employer Code is 27260

    3.  Employee's Social Security Number


The Work Number service from Equifax is the leading resource for income and employment verification services nationwide. It provides an instant, automated solution for verification of employment, income and identity, based on payroll records contributed directly from thousands of employers.

Prior to using The Work Number, all verifier organizations must successfully pass a credentialing process, which validates legitimacy and permissible purpose, in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Over 200,000 credentialing verifiers rely on The Work Number to securely deliver fraud-proof information that virtually eliminates reliance on applicant-provided data, helps increase regulatory and internal compliance, while adding to operational consistency and efficiency.

In addition to permissible purpose, The Work Number also requires that verifiers have documented consent of the employee-consumer to access income information. Consent is generally established via a signed acknowledgement at the point of application for a loan or service. The Work Number fulfillment process is purpose-built for completing verifications and securely delivering critical decision-making data with unparalleled speed and efficiency.

To learn more about The Work Number for Equifax, please visit www.theworknumber.com

Written Verification

  • Requires a signed release by the employee.
  • Requests should be submitted to Records Administration, 6054 S. Drexel Ave., Chicago, IL 60637; email verifications@uchicago.edu
  • Allow 3-5 days for processing.