Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens to the data submitted for identity proofing?

The EPPE application collects your personally identifiable information, described as data that is unique to you as an individual, such as name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, and date of birth. The EPPE application collects personal information only to verify your identity. Your information will be sent to Experian, an external identity verification provider, to help us confirm your identity. If collected, we will validate your Social Security number with Experian only for the purpose of verifying your identity. Experian verifies the information you give us against their records and may present you with questions based on your credit profile, called out-of-wallet questions. The out-of-wallet questions and answers, including financial history, are strictly between you and the RIDP service, Experian; neither the EPPE application nor CMS will store them. Experian is required by law to securely maintain this data for seven years.

For more information regarding how CMS uses the information you provide, please read the CMS Privacy Act Statement


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