August 29,2022

By Tirupati Gumpula

How are Social Security numbers Allocated?

Social Security numbers, SSNs in short will be allocated through a randomized process.

Before 2011, they used to be manual with limited features and security.

A system will automatically give a random 9-digit number unlike the previousd 1930's method.

Every Social Security Number will be in the form of XXX-XX-XXXX.

The same number will be used to track the employees' earnings throughout their careers to calculate the benefits.

Before 2011, the numbers used to be more vulnerable as they clearly indicate the states, geo locations and person.

It required keeping a record of those numbers in the past. The randomization process, however, now eliminates all those problems.

Now It will be hard for thieves to spy into one's Social Security Number and malicious activities.

The longevity of the new cards also increases with the random process.

With the new method, Americans can have up to 400 million Social Security numbers in total.

When originally proposed in 2002, some states had sufficient numbers for up to 10 years

The newly proposed system also expanded the numbers furthermore by utilizing the three-digit codes that were not used in the past to start off the SSNs.

These are area codes. Some are in the 700's and 800s, The numbers in 000, 666, and 900-999 have no limits.

However, it is worth noting that, no existing numbers will be changed as a result of this new process.

until and unless there is a problem with your previous Social Security cards like identity theft, it is not advised to change it.

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