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A Guide to the National Directory of New Hires

Published: January 27, 2015

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) operates the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), a database established pursuant to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). The primary purpose of the NDNH is to assist state child support agencies in locating parents and enforcing child support orders; however, Congress has authorized specific state and federal agencies to receive information from the NDNH for authorized purposes.

This guide provides federal and state agencies requesting NDNH data with a general overview of data maintained in the NDNH and the limitations on its use by agencies other than state child support agencies.  This guide does not apply to individuals requesting information from the NDNH (e.g., parents).  Commercial entities (e.g., law firms and collection agencies) do not have access to the NDNH.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the NDNH?
  2. Who may request NDNH information?
  3. What is required for agencies to receive NDNH information?
  4. What is the cost to obtain NDNH information?
  5. What are the next steps?
Last Reviewed: August 4, 2016

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