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The Work Number | Employment Verification System

Need Proof of Employment or Income?

Give the authorized verifier the following information:

  1. The Work Number Access Methods
  2. UNI Faculty & Staff Employer Code: 17853
  3. Graduate Assistant and Student Employee Employer Code: 18051.

If Asked to Provide a Salary Key

If asked to provide a salary key as your consent to the release income:

  1. Visit www.theworknumber.com/employees or call 1-800-367-2884 (1-800-424-0253 for TTY if hearing impaired)
  2. Follow the instructions to create a salary key
  3. Provide the salary key to the person seeking your proof of income, and direct them to www.theworknumber.com to complete the verification process

Employment or Income Verification

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) utilizes The Work Number® service for all employment or income verification requests for faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and student employees. The Work Number® is a fast and secure way to provide proof of your employment or income—a necessary step in many of today’s life events involving credit, financing, or securing of benefits or services. The Work Number simplifies the verification process and accelerates credit decisions through an online system available to verifiers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Work Number protects sensitive employee information by credentialing all verifiers prior to system use, authenticating the verifier at login, requiring the verifier to have Consumer Consent and a valid Permissible Purpose for requesting the data, and monitoring and auditing verifier activity to ensure compliance with the above safeguards. Hundreds of thousands of credentialed verifiers rely on The Work Number® for secure and 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.

Employer Codes

Faculty and Staff

The University of Northern Iowa’s faculty and staff employer code is 17853.

Graduate Assistants and Student Employees

The University of Northern Iowa’s graduate assistant and student employee employer code is 18051.

Proof of Employment

Proof of Employment for Faculty and Staff

When required to prove that you are employed by the university, you must give consent to the verifying agency by providing UNI’s faculty and staff employer code 17853. No salary key is required. The verifier can then obtain your job title, dates of employment, length of employment and status (active or inactive) from The Work Number®.

Proof of Employment for Graduate Assistants and Student Employees

When required to prove that you are employed by the university, you must give consent to the verifying agency by providing UNI’s graduate assistant and student employee employer code 18051. Per FERPA regulations, all students must also provide a salary key (for more information about a salary key, please read below). The verifier can then obtain your job title, dates of employment, length of employment and status (active or inactive) from The Work Number®.

Proof of Employment and Income

To provide proof of your employment and your income, you must give consent to the verifying agency by providing:

  • For faculty and staff, you must provide the employer code 17853 and a salary key.
  • For graduate assistants and student employees, you must provide the employer code 81051 and a salary key.

The salary key is a six-digit code that you provide the verifier that authorizes one-time access to your income information on The Work Number®. When you give consent and your salary key to the verifier, The Work Number® provides the verifier with your job title, dates of employment, length of employment, status (active or inactive), pay rate and total income for the current and past two years. Income is reported by base pay, overtime, commission, bonuses and other income.

To obtain a salary key, access How to Create a Salary Key for step-by-step instructions, or call (800) 367-2884 and follow the prompts.

Social Services

Social Services for Faculty and Staff

When you are asked to provide employment or income verification to a social service agency, you must give consent to the verifier by providing the agency UNI’s faculty and staff employer code 17853. No salary key is needed. The social services agency can obtain the employment verification information from The Work Number®. Direct your caseworker to www.theworknumber.com/SocialServices or 1-800-660-3399.

Social Services for Graduate Assistants and Student Employees

When you are asked to provide employment or income verification to a social service agency, you must give consent to the verifier by providing the agency UNI’s graduate assistant and student employee code 18051. Per FERPA regulations, all students must also provide a salary key. The social services agency can obtain the employment verification information from The Work Number®. Direct your caseworker to www.theworknumber.com/SocialServices or 1-800-660-3399.

Employment Data Report

The Work Number® complies with The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which ensures that employees can see who is requesting their data and provides a mechanism to dispute data that they believe to be inaccurate. This report is intended to present transparency regarding your information on The Work Number® and can be provided upon request. Review more information on the Employment Data Report.

International Student Verification

International Student and Scholar Services handles employment authorizations for international students, scholars, and their dependents.

  • Information on employing internationals in F-1 or J-1 status or their F-2/J-2 dependents
  • Information on inviting a J-1 scholar to campus

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