Invalid length parameter passed to the SUBSTRING function

The error 'Invalid length parameter passed to the SUBSTRING function' occurs in SQL.  The code with the problem is below.
RTRIM(Substring('000000000000000',1,15 - LEN(pid.Person_Identifier_Value))                   + pid.Person_Identifier_Value)      AS 'Consumer Data ID'
Person_Idendifier_Value is not null for any of the records.  The length of each value is less than 15.  15 - the length is a positive number in all cases.  The SQL does multiple joins.  I thought of building a temp table and getting the values from there.  I do not want to add too much overhead to the SQL.  
edbrinkmAsked:
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
Are you trying to zero pad the ID?

Lee
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edbrinkmAuthor Commented:
yes.  
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
Try this. I don't think you've got the right syntax.

Lee
right('000000000000000' + pid.Person_Identifier_Value, 15) AS 'Consumer Data ID'

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Lee SavidgeCommented:
As long as pid.person_identifier_value is a varchar or nvarchar. If not, do a cast.

Lee
right('000000000000000' + cast(pid.Person_Identifier_Value as nvarchar(15)), 15) AS 'Consumer Data ID'

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edbrinkmAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
No problem.

Lee
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