Social Security Number


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

Social Security Number

A number given to every American citizen and national. The number is unique to each person and is necessary to work. Government organizations use Social Security numbers for a variety of purposes, notably to ensure that each citizen is billed for his/her own taxes, and not those of someone else with the same name. It is also used to determine eligibility for certain government services, especially Social Security benefits.
References in periodicals archive ?
However, the breach did not compromise medical records; the thieves were after Social Security numbers.
Narrowing the field further is the fact that no Social Security number can have a first three digits above 772, because when the area system was set up that was the highest number the Social Security Administration got to.
Sometimes the timing isn't right for providing a Social Security number.
It is logical to introduce a social security number system before considering full payment of the promised amount of allowances.
Another hitch with minors is that you can't put a fraud alert on a Social Security number with no credit history.
bishops' national Office of Child and Youth Protection is investigating whether adequate background checks can be done on volunteers lacking Social Security numbers.
With a fake Social Security number, he had landed a job serving sandwiches inside Midway Airport.
But impostors in possession of a certified birth certificate can go farther, and even parlay a driver's license and a Social Security number into that most desirable of documents, the U.
DALLAS -- With the issue of personal privacy of the utmost importance, putting Social Security numbers on checks is fast becoming a major concern among shoppers.
One medical office employee illegally obtained a patient's name and social security number, established a credit line, rented an apartment, and earned income in the patient's name.
And new driver's licenses must include the carrier's Social Security number unless the state issuing the license passes a law exempting itself from this requirement.
An examination of the recent, eye-opening Carnegie Mellon University report on Social Security number predictability;

Full browser ?