A credit privacy number, or CPN, is a nine-digit identifying number similar to a Social Security number. A CPN is sometimes marketed to consumers with bad credit as a path to a fresh credit history. Companies offering CPNs say they can be used instead of a Social Security number on applications for credit.
To receive a new S.S. number, you must go to the Social Security Office to make your request. You must complete an application. You must provide a written statement requesting a new number indicating and why you need to change your number.
The CPN number keeps certain personal information private, so it is commonly used by celebrities, government officials and high- level executives. An individual can be issued only one CPN number over a lifetime and the process is typically handled with the assistance of a legal professional.