Verification of Employment or Income

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

For all other employment authorizations, please follow the instructions below.

For fast, secure, anytime-anywhere proof of employment or income we bring you…THE WORK NUMBER®

THE WORK NUMBER is an automated service that provides you with the ability to quickly provide proof of your employment or income. You benefit from having control of the process, since you authorize access to your information. THE WORK NUMBER provides verification services to over 80 million employees. It is widely known to mortgage lenders, banks, apartment complexes and others who may need proof of your employment or income, and it is easy for them to use.

THE WORK NUMBER can be used anytime, anywhere – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please contact THE WORK NUMBER regarding any employment or income verification issues prior to contacting University of Iowa Payroll Services.

Please Note:  The THE WORK NUMBER® is a service provided by Equifax. 

On Friday, September 8, 2017, Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., publically announced that its cyber security was breached in the spring. Hackers received access to social security numbers and other private data for up to 143 million individuals. 

University Human Resources has contacted Equifax and received notice that the security breach of individual consumer data did not affect UI information stored and processed by Equifax.  The UI takes the security of its employee’s private data very seriously and is monitoring the situation to ensure the strength of its security measures and protect employee information.

Tips for protecting your personal data are available at:

Gaining Access

When you login to access THE WORK NUMBER service provided by TALX (for employment and income verifications), you will have a one-time initial enrollment after you enter your user ID and password. This additional safety measure is being added as a step to continually improve the security of your information. You’ll likely be familiar with the format as it is one currently used by many leading financial institutions to better ensure users are who they say they are. If you would like more information or would like to view a preview of the process, please visit

Need Proof of Employment - (cannot be used by current or past University of Iowa students)

Give the person needing proof of your employment, the verifier, the following information:

  • Your Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
  • The University of Iowa Employer Code:  13072
  • THE WORK NUMBER Access Options for Verifiers:
    Option a)
    Option b) 1-800-367-5690

Need Proof of Employment Plus Income - (can be used by either employees or University of Iowa students)

Start by creating a salary key. A salary key is a six-digit number that allows one-time access to your salary information. Here’s how to create a salary key:

Step 1)  Access THE WORK NUMBER either via the Web or telephone:

Step 2) Select the Employee option and Login.  To Login, have the following information:

  • The University of Iowa Employer Code
    • Employees: 13072
    • Students (current or past): 13365
  • Your University ID Number: XXXXXXXX
  • Your PIN (last four digits of SSN and the four digits of your birth year)

Step 3) Select the “Create a Salary Key” option and prepare to write down the six-digit number

Step 4) Give the person needing proof of your employment plus income, the verifier, the following information:

  • Your Social Security Number: XXX-XX-XXXX
  • The University of Iowa Employer Code
    • Employees: 13072
    • Students (current or past): 13365
  • Your salary key (from Step 3): XXXXXX
  • THE WORK NUMBER Access Options for Verifiers:

Frequently Asked Questions

THE WORK NUMBER® is a service of TALX Corporation that provides employees with an automated process to handle employment verifications.  It allows our employees to have their employment and salary verified within a matter of minutes.  This fast, secure service is used for mortgage applications, reference checks, loan applications, and apartment leases; anything that requires proof of employment.  It is quick, accurate, and best of all, it’s easy.

Requested information is printed directly from their web site at or voiced and/or faxed to verifiers who access the system through an 800 number.

Employers contract with TALX to handle employment verifications for all employees paid by that employer, using data from their payroll files that are sent to TALX after each payroll run.  The information allows TALX to provide:

  • Name
  • Most recent hire date
  • Termination date (if no longer employed)
  • Total time with the University of Iowa
  • Job title
  • Rate of pay
  • Gross earnings for current year to date, including base pay, overtime, bonuses, and commissions
  • Gross earnings for last year and the two previous years, including base pay, overtime, bonuses, and commissions

The process of obtaining employment and salary information through THE WORK NUMBER® is easy.

  1. The University of Iowa’s Payroll Services provides updated employment and salary information files to THE WORK NUMBER after each payroll cycle.
  2. The employee provides the verifier his/her Social Security Number (SSN), our employer code, and a salary key (if the associate wants to allow the verifier obtain salary information).
  3. The verifier contacts THE WORK NUMBER and enters the employer code, the employee's SSN, and the salary key (if requesting salary information).  The verifier can contact THE WORK NUMBER via the Internet or 800 number.
  4. The Internet displays the information and the 800 number voices the information. If the verifier accesses the data via the website, he/she is able to print a copy of the verification from his/her desktop. If the verifier accesses data via the 800 number, the caller has the option to enter a fax number when prompted, and the system automatically sends a fax with all the information.