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Social Security Number Randomization Project

The Social Security Administration recently begun its implementation of the Social Security Number Randomization project to combat fraud and extend the longevity of the current 9 digit Social Security Number system.

The Social Security Number Randomization project eliminates both the geographical area code (***-**-****) and the group number code (***-**-****). Meaning that Social Security Numbers will now be assigned in a completely random fashion.

This change is important to the future of Social Security Numbers in the United States as it eliminates security problems that arose from the sequential numbers that could give away identifying information, such as state of origin, or pose a security risk to family members whose Social Security Numbers may be alike.

The Social Security number Randomization project went into effect on June 25, 2011, and will be implemented moving forward. Existing Social Security Numbers will not be affected by this change.

For more detailed information, visit the Social Security Administration website.

August 10th, 2011 by jamil