Verification of Employment or Income

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

For all other employment authorizations:

The University of Iowa uses THE WORK NUMBER by Equifax Verification Services for employment verification.  

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

If you would like more information or would like to view a preview of the process, please visit or contact the Payroll Services Office.

Gaining Access to The Work Number

The first time you login to access your information on The Work Number website, you will have a one-time initial enrollment.  This safety measure is to 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.

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

Simply give the verifier needing proof of your employment the following information:

  • The Your University ID Number from your ID Card: XXXXXXXX
  • The University of Iowa Employer Code:  13072
  • THE WORK NUMBER Access Options for Verifiers:
    Option a) 
    Option b)  The Work Number Employee Service Center at 800-367-2884
               Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

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 by visiting the website:, or by telephone: 1-800-367-2884. 
Select the Employee option and then choose Login. 

On your first time login to access your information on The Work Number website, you will have a one-time initial enrollment. 

  1. Enter you University ID Number and Continue.                                               
  2. Next, select “Forgot your PIN?”
  3. Follow the on-screen steps to set up your personal PIN.

Step 2) After your initial PIN setup, have the following information available:

  • The University of Iowa Employer Code
    Employees: 13072
    Student Employees (current or past): 13365
  • Your University ID Number: XXXXXXXX
  • Your PIN

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

Step 4) Give the verifier needing proof of your employment plus income 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:
On the website or by phone 1-800-367-5690

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.