Tips for Protecting Your Social Security Number

Minimize the risk of a thief obtaining your Social Security number by following these simple tips:

  • Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet/purse.
  • Don't pre-print your Social Security number or telephone number on your checks.
  • Do not include your Social Security number on your Driver's License if you live in a state that allows this option. (Check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles.)
  • Avoid carrying cards (such as health insurance cards) that contain your Social Security number.
  • Ask anyone who requests to see your Social Security number why they need it and how they plan to use it.
  • Don't post your Social Security number in e-mails, text messages or chat rooms. Only provide personal information and apply for online accounts on secure Web sites that start with https:// and include a locked padlock icon.
  • Always read a website's privacy policy to learn how an organization will use your personal information.

Refer to the Social Security Administration website for additional information on identity theft.

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