SCRA DMDC search certificates now include the last four digits of the servicemember’s Social Security number and his or her month and year of birth. The change took place on Dec. 20, 2016, according to the Department of Defense.
The DOD announced this change recently, saying their motivation was to “help users ensure their search results reflect the search criteria they intended.” Email support from the DMDC will no longer be available, but they plan on offering some level of telephonic support.
The SCRA protects active-duty servicemembers from a variety of legal actions, including repossessions, foreclosures, evictions, etc. Therefore, landlords, lenders and others wishing to bring court actions against debtors must first ensure they are not active-duty servicemembers. Otherwise, they risk facing fines and other penalties.
Limitations on Results using DMDC
The Defense Manpower Data Center, a website run by the DOD, is one resource for creditors to check military status.
Previously, DMDC certificates have included only the name and the status of the debtor. This has caused confusion, since many people may have the same surname, or may be known by different names. Printing the last few digits of the social security number and part of the date of birth greatly increases the ability of the creditor and the court to make sure that the certificate applies to the correct person.
If searchers have neither the Social Security number nor the date of birth, the process becomes more difficult. This is because any DMDC certificate procured without this information comes with a disclaimer that it may not be accurate. Courts may not accept certificates which those disclaimers.
Use SCRACVS for Complete SCRA DMDC Search Certificates
When searchers don’t have complete information, it’s best to enlist the help of an experienced, third party like the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Centralized Verification Service. SCRACVS can work with the information you provide to discover the debtor’s Social Security number and date of birth, thereby better ensuring a certificate that will hold up in a court of law.
Incomplete information? Large batch to search for? Confused by the process?
Rely on SCRACVS to get you the accurate information you need, quickly and efficiently.