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In the US, Social Security cards are issued by the Social Security Administration. The card, or rather the number displayed on the card, is the de facto national identifier for US citizens, especially for tax and credit purposes. The original card is best kept carefully safeguarded and only presented as proof of citizenship and the right to work in the USA. The 9-digit number displayed on the card is privileged information which, if it becomes public, could be used to steal one's identity.

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Can you use a birth certificate instead of a Social Security card for a job?

No, I don't think so.

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Why do employers need social security cards?

Employers need social security cards to make sure you can work in the US. If the employer is caught having an employee who isn't a citizan than they can get into a lot of trouble. Social Security cards and Visas are a way to see that they are following the law.

they need your SSN to make sure you are working legally & they also need ot for Identification for your income taxes

Social Secuirty has a free Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) which allows registered employers to quickly verify whether a person's name and SSN match Social Security's records. It saves you and the employee time. So employers do not actually need your card or a copy they can use this system free of charge to ensure your ability to work.

For more information about SSNVS visit Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information. Learn more about the New Security Features of the Social Security Card.

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What does the red number on the back of a Social Security card mean?

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According to a presentation given by Donald F. Walton, United States Trustee for Region 21 (Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) to a meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute in April 2009, the number printed on the back of the card is a "sequential control number."

These alpha-numeric codes are printed in red, black or blue ink and help authenticate the card as valid. This information was shared in the context of Bankruptcy Courts checking Social Security cards through the Social Security Administration, to prevent identity theft. The sequential control number, which bears no obvious correlation to an individual's Social Security Number should correspond to the date, area, and application of a particular cardholder.

According to Mr. Walton:

"Sequential Control Number. On the rear of a legitimate card there is a sequential control number. The control number is a combination of alpha and numeric that bears no relation to the actual. social security number on the card. However, the computer records of the Social Security Administration should show a correlation between the control number and the social security number and name on the card."

One blog commenter noted that she and her husband had applied for duplicate cards at approximately the same time, and that their sequential control numbers were identical except for the last two digits. This tends to support the idea that the numbers are generated at the printer before the card is assigned a Social Security Number.

Rumors about the "red number" containing biometric data, such as racial profiles, economic status, and other personal information are false, as are claims about it being a routing number to the Federal Reserve, a special bank account, or any potential source of windfall.

Some internet users have asked if the number can be used to pay bills. Unfortunately, the answer is no.

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Can a Canadian citizen apply for a US Social Security card?

Yes, with INS authorization. The Social Security card/number is necessary for any work being performed in the USA and is applied for after obtaining a work visa.

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Can you take your permit test without your social security card?

You must present some form of acceptable valid identification in order to be issued a permit or license. It can vary from state-to-state, so call or check with the DMV before going there. Hint: This information will probably be found on their website, possibly listed under FAQ's.

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What is a metal Social Security card worth?

Old metal Social Security cards are worth from $5-$25 dollars on eBay, although they were never made by the government.

Metal and plastic Social Security number cards are not authorized nor verifiable by the Social Security Administration. They are made by private companies and are not official government documents.

If you have recently obtained a replacement of your Social Security Card, you will even notice on the documentation that comes with it that coating or encasing your card in plastic is not authorized.

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How many social security cards are you allowed to have in a lifetime?

The number of cards is indefinite, because you can lose many over time. But you have only one Social Security number, and it is unique to you, and never changes.

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Can someone go to college without a social security card?

actually you can, in the state of Texas that is legal. I guess its because we are near the border. You won't be able to apply for financial aid, but you CAN get scholarships or people to sponsor you. if you don't then you will have to pay cash. Your tuition would be coming out of your pocket. So work hard and get those scholarships.

Good Luck.

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Where is a social security card placed when being faxed?

the easiest way to fax a ss card or any other card for that matter is to go to a copy machine, put the form on the glass, print out a copy and then fax the copy. This way a fax machine can grab onto the paper. otherwise you risk not faxing, or tearing your ss card, or getting it stuck, or maybe even looking like an idiot to your co-workers as you explain that you've never faxed anything like this before. good luck

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What agency do you report a stolen social security card to?

police first then ministry of social services Gotto www.ssa.gov and fill the forms to report the theft

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Do you need to show your social security card to your mortgage broker?

Yes. The Patriot Act Disclosure form requires that every originiating mortgage loan officer verify the borrowers' identity. This is proven by showing one form of government issued ID, usually a social security card or drivers license. There are also investors that require verification of identity for every loan as well. This tends to be a standard opertaing procedure for most brokers.

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Do you need to carry your social security card with you?

uhm, NO! just memorize your social security number in case if you need it. Don't take it around, you might lose it and we wouldn't want an important document lost, now would we?

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Why can you not laminate a social security card?

According to the SSA website FAQ, it is not illegal to laminate your card, just strongly discouraged, as lamination will disable several security features built into the card.

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What are green Social Security cards?

There are not "green" Social Security cards. A SSN/card, can be obtained by an immigrant once the person has received an H-1B or H-2B work visa/permit. See the Related Link below.

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Is it legal to make a xerox copy of a person's social security card?

Employers do it all the time. As long as there is a legitimate purpose.

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Do you have to have your social security card when you apply for a passport?

yes you need your social security card you need a birth certificate and/or naturalization certificate along with a state id or previous passport

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Do employers need a social security card from all employees?

Employers in the US must obtain the Social Security Number of each person they employ, whether US citizen or resident alien holding a Green Card.

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If the last name on your social security card and license is different from that of your birth certificate will that cause a problem?

It depends on what you mean by different. Married women that change their last name is a very common occurance. If you have a marriage license that shows the new name there isn't a problem.

if it is a spelling error, it is better to get the spelling correct on all of these documents. It will protect you from identity theft and make your social security and other records match when they are accessed. It may be a lot of effort to get this done, but it will save you grief in the long run.

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Can someone work on a 'not valid for work' social security card and does the social security office have a record of it and is there any way someone can find out if it's valid or not?

The Social Security Administration issues social security numbers to most individuals who immigrate here or are legal aliens. Typically the "Not Valid For Employment" moniker means the SSA issued the card and number when you were considered a legal alien with a status that does not allow you to work, although some conditional statuses do in fact allow you to work even though your SS Card says otherwise. An example of such a status is a student visa, in which students are allowed to work for pay in the US as long as it is required for the degree; such as required internship or co/op. The SSA has no "official" knowledge of your status, and stamps it as such. This means you need to prove your eligibility to work in another way. This can usually be done through an International Students Office of a university, or if you are in the process of becoming a legal immigrant (not an alien), the USCIS will send you a card stating that you are eligible to work, called an EAD or Employment Authorization, and it will contain an expiration date. Employers are obligated by federal law to submit your social security number and could be prosecuted or penalized if they hire someone with a status that does not allow them to work. The Social Security Administration does not determine whether you are eligible to work, but the USCIS does. The Department of Homeland Security has the legal right to research and find people who are working out of status (i.e. a 601 SSN, and coordinate with the USCIS to verify that they are indeed working out of status. Typically, if you are working out of status, you will violate your visa or status requirements and therefore lose it, resulting in deportation hearings.

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Can i use a Social Security card to fly?

no you need photo identification

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Does a woman have to change her name on her driver's license or Social Security card after she is married?

No, it is the woman's choice to change her name to her husband's name, a hyphenated name, something else completely, or keep her maiden name. However, if she does decide to change her name she should notify Social Security, theDepartment of Motor Vehicles and her employer in order to avoid complications with earnings.

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Can you get a replacement social security card with just a birth certificate?

No. A birth certificate is not considered evidence of identity. Social Security will normally not ask for a birth certificate from someone applying for a replacement (as opposed to original) social security card.

Evidence of identity is ALWAYS required for any replacement social security card. Evidence of citizenship is not normally required for a replacement card for someone who was born in the U.S. or who has already proven U.S. citizenship on a previous application for a card. But evidence of identity--preferably a passport, driver's license or state ID card but also a health insurance card, work ID or school ID--will ALWAYS be asked for by Social Security.

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Who has this Social Security Number?

We generally are not allowed to tell you who owns a particular social security number, since that information is supposed to be confidential. However, there are some online resources that can at least tell you which state issued the particular card (016= Massachusetts, 230= Virginia, etc). I enclose a link to one of the social security card information sites.

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Who is the issuing authority of a social security card?

Social Security cards are issued by the United States Social Security Administration ("SSA").

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