Mar 01, 2013
Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Here's this week's socially secure inquiry!
Q. Is it true that you can tell where a Social Security card was issued depending on its number?
A. Yes, until very recently, the first three numbers of your Social Security number indicated what in what state or (after 1972) what Zip Code area you lived when you first received your card. If a Social Security number starts with three digits ranging from 468 to 477, you know that individual got his or her card in Minnesota. In mid-2011, the system ceased to give any geographic clues. Babies born after June 25, 2011 are issued cards with random number sequences. The Social Security Administration believes that the new randomized numbers will offer cardholders more protection against identity theft, as well as make more 9-digit numbers available for the Social Security registrants of the future. (Website of the Social Security Administration)