Do You Carry Your Social Security Card?

S.S. Card - Social Security Card
@Chevee (5915)
United States
December 19, 2008 5:55pm CST
I was filling out some forms for my unemployment insurance and the receptionist ask for my social security card. I was not told that I needed to bring this with me. I know my number by heart. [i] Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and do not pay the bills. You may not find out that someone is using your number until you are turned down for credit or you begin to get calls from unknown creditors demanding payment for items you never bought[/i] Someone illegally using your Social Security number and assuming your identity can cause a lot of problems. I don't carry my Social Security Card. I have it in a safe place with my important papers. My question is do you have your Social Security Card in a safe place or do you keep it with you in your wallet?
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19 responses
@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Dec 08
The original is in the safe. I rarely carry it with me.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Dec 08
There ae times when we are asked to show the card as proff. Some airlines now ask for the SS card to be shown for flights. HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I have to be notified that I need this so that I can have it with me if not it is stored in a safe place.
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I've known my SS # by heart ever since I was a child. I have had it laminated and carry it with me at all times. I also have never lost my wallet. And when in a large crowd I have my wallet in a front pocket as well for safety reasons. HAPPY HOLIAYS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I have mines laminated too.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Dec 08
Mine is in a safe place....I'll never tell.
• United States
21 Dec 08
I know my card is in the house, I just don't know where. It doesn't matter, though, since I know my number.
@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I always carry my card with me. It is just the way that I have always done things. There are things that come up where they do ask for it and so I just keep it on me.Theres always a risk if your purse or wallet gets stolen but you should always contact the office and let them know right away if this happens.
@GardenGerty (89960)
• Marion, Kansas
20 Dec 08
I have mine in my wallet, but it needs to go back into the filing cabinet. I was horrified the other day to find Hubby's Social Security card in an old wallet. I was going to throw it away!!!
• United States
20 Dec 08
I carry my social security card for one reason. I just can't remember my number so any time I need to know it, it's with me. Pretty simple. Happy Mylotting!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I keep mine in my wallet. I'm very careful about where my purse and wallet are when I'm out and about. I'm very careful as to who sees what and why. I've been very lucky so far and haven't had any problems with identity theft and hope that I never have that problem. All of my important documents are shredded on the spot. Never are they just thrown into the trash can without being shredded first.
• United States
20 Dec 08
I personally carry mine with me. Mostly for liability reasons (safety from a mother who wants to kidnap me). Though I do keep it hidden, I am often told I shouldn't carry it with me. Thing is, I don't let people near my wallet, nor would I be pick-pocketed easily since I have a chain attached to my wallet.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Hello, I filed my unemployment online, that avoided me from having to go down there and everything I needed was at home, so it was not a problem to get the needed documents. Actually, since I have been unemployed I carry my social security card with me always. Before, when I was working I did not carry it. I carry it with me because I never know what may happen, and if I needed it I have it.
@Sillychick (3282)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I don't carry my SS card with me unless I know I am going to need it. It is a pretty safe bet to say you will need it when applying for credit, starting a new job, or opening a bank account. I probably would not have thought to bring it with me to apply for unemployment. You are right, it is not a good idea to carry it with you. Credit cards can be canceled if you lose your wallet, but your SS number can be stolen quite easily.
• Canada
20 Dec 08
Here in canada our cards are called Social Insurance Numbers (SIN Card). I always carry mine on me. I find I keep better track of it if I have it in my wallet rather than in the house where the kids might one day find it. I have lost it once in my life and it realy wasn't my fault lol it was before I started working and my mother kept it with her in her "Important Papers". I have had it in my wallet ever since then.
@syankee525 (6298)
• United States
20 Dec 08
they say you should never carry it with you, unless you need it for something. the reason is if you lost it or someone steal it, they can actully get credit cards, and loans in your name. then it takes years to fix it
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
20 Dec 08
We Have an identity card in my country. I do keep it in my wallet since it is requested quite alot such as when you got to the bank or if you are stopped by a policemen. HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. © ronaldinu 2008
@robert19ph (4586)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
hello Chevee, You are right, we should keep our Social Security Card in a safe place. It never occured in my mind that others can use it in my behalf and can use my identity. I always bring SSS card with me for I might need it anytime. But now, I should memorize my SSS number and keep my card in a safe. Thanks for sharing.
@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
20 Dec 08
Yes, I carry it in my billfold all the time, I probably should take it out, in fact I think I may have my husbands in there too. I know I never get asked for it, and I do know my number by heart. I'm just afraid that one of these days I'll need it, and I won't have it with me, but on the other hand I don't want to risk it getting stolen either and cause a whole lot of other problems..hmm, I'll have to think about this...Have a good day
20 Dec 08
Hi Chevee, I don't have a Social Security Card but I have my number in a secret compartment in my handbag and not in my wallet. Hugs. Tamara
• United States
20 Dec 08
I am often surprised at how people offer up their personal information so readily. When I was employed by a company that provided medical equipment/services we were supposed to get their SS# for our records. Many people refused to give this information. The VA only requests the last 4 numbers in your SS# and I feel that is what is truly necessary unless you need it for tax purposes. A copy of your SS# should never be necessary. Carrying this information with you can be problematic if your purse or wallet is stolen or misplaced.
@mzplased (255)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I keep mine with me as well as my childrens. I do not like having them with me, but it seems now a days I have been having to show them for various thing..now even for a drivers liscense for my daughter. I am wondering even if we kept our cards home..with everyone needing the numbers, it doesnt seem like its going to matter the numbers are going to be out there. I just dont like how they are doing things now days.