Q & A
Do I have to give my Social Security number whenever I’m asked?
Answer: No. Giving your Social Security number is voluntary. If requested, you should ask why the person needs your Social Security number, how it will be used, what law requires you to give your number, and what the consequences are if you refuse. The answers to these questions can help you decide whether to give your Social Security number. However, the decision is yours. Keep in mind that requestors might not provide you their services if you refuse to provide your Social Security number. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs to read or print our publication, “Your Social Security Number And Card.”
Source: Peggy Murphy, Montana Social Security director – July 11, 2014
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