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Driver's License

In 1996, the Federal Immigration Reform Act made it mandatory for each of the states to obtain the Social Security number of every applicant for a driver's license in an effort to reduce illegal immigration. Unfortunately, a side effect of this legislation was that more states started using your Social Security number as your license number. Despite efforts in Congress to specifically outlaw the use of Social Security numbers as driver's license numbers, the practice continues in a number of states. However, most states will permit you to use another random number for your license number unless you specifically request that your Social Security number be used as your license number, a request that you should never under any circumstances make. Get a different number for your license number. Many health insurance cards also use your Social Security number as the identifying number on the card. Request a new number there too.

The Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act bans states from providing your personal information to marketers without your permission. Do not give this permission. It would only make you more vulnerable to identity theft. Although the law prevents the individual state departments of motor vehicles from providing your personal information to marketers, they are allowed to give this information to law enforcement agencies, courts, government agencies, insurance companies and others with legitimate needs for this information.


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