Employment Verification

Electronic Employment and Salary Verification Instructions

Lenders and other businesses who wish to verify the employment and salaries of SFSU employees will be using THE WORK NUMBER FOR EVERYONE®, also know as TALX. The service provides immediate employment and salary verification by touch-tone phone for credit and reference requests, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For Student, Hourly and Auxiliary employee verification instructions, Click here 
For questions related to Employment Verification, please call our main line at 415-338-1872.


Monthly Salaried Employees

• If your verifier needs a Basic verification of employment (name, job title, start/termination date, total state time), have them follow the verifier instructions below.
• If your verifier requires verification of the number of paychecks you receive per year (mostly applies to faculty) then please Click here and follow the instructions.
• If your verifier needs a Basic verification plus salary information, you must obtain a Salary Key Code.
• Call 1-800-EMP-AUTH (1-800-367-2884) from a touch-tone phone, or visit www.theworknumber.com
• Enter the following information when prompted:
  •  Employer Code:  State of California Company Code 10396
  •  Employee ID (not your SSN):  Last 6 digits of your Social Security Number, 2 digit month and 2 digit day of your birth
  •  PIN:  2 digit month and 2 digit day of your birth.
• Write the authorization code down when the system voices it to you, or print a copy if obtaining online.
NOTE:  You may have a maximum of three codes active at one time.  Each code can be used only once.  After it is used, the code is automatically removed from the system.


• Call 1-800-367-5690, or visit www.theworknumber.com/go
• An account on this system is required in order to verify employment; log in to your existing account or create a new user account. 
• To verify employment for an SF State employee, enter the following information when prompted:
  •  Employer Code:  State of California Company Code 10396
  •  Employee ID (not SSN):  Using the "Other ID Option" enter the last 6 digits of employee's SSN followed by the 2 digit month and then the 2 digit day of employee's birth.
  •  Salary Key Code (from employee) if salary verification is required
The system will voice back the information you need, and offer you a fax option.  Be certain to record the Reference Number provided by THE WORK NUMBER for future audits of the same employee verification.
NOTE:  Verifiers are charged a per-access fee, depending on your membership status and the level of verification you are receiving.  For additional information, go to www.theworknumber.com/go and view information for Verifiers.


If you have any question about how to use the system, call The Work Number Customer Service at 1-800-367-2884 or visit their website at www.theworknumber.com/
For more information on THE WORK NUMBER please visit the CA State Controller’s Office website at www.sco.ca.gov/ppsd_se_worknumber.html

Other types of Employment Verification

Written Verification (Request will be returned within 5 business days)   

  • THE WORK NUMBER service is not available for student and hourly employees.  A verifier may request the required information via fax to 415-338-0521‚ Attention: Payroll.  The employee’s signed permission must be provided for Human Resources to release the requested information. 

Formal Verification Letter

  • In the event that any employee is in need of a formal letter from their employer‚ an Employment Verification Request form must be completed by the employee and submitted to Human Resources for processing.  A letter will be generated and delivered per instructions provided on the request form. 

Auxiliary Employees  

•  For verification on employees paid through Associated Students, Inc., or University Corporation, please fax your request to the respective departments at:

 ASI fax (415) 338-1738

 U. Corp fax (415) 338-7950