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  1. Jack Ferman

    Jack Ferman Guest

    I think almost every state has migrated to the Soundex system for ID and
    driver's license numbers. You will note that the first four characters in
    your DL or ID number is the first letter of your surname and then three
    numbers based on the consonents in your surname. This is the Soundex value
    of your surname and it is the basis of sorting and indexing US and some
    state census information since before 1870. Soundex was not used to
    generate any part of a SS#. Based on my surname, Ferman, my Soundex in the
    census and my drivers license first four are F655, but my SS# starts out
    473. My father's SS# did not start out with 473.
     
  2. cl

    cl Guest

    That was very interesting..... Thanks for sharing that. For what it's worth,
    I too have done SS# searches as some suggested herein, much information is
    out there! As to Radio Shack, the ONLY time - they've asked me for my name,
    address and "phone number" as of late (SS# was not requested) - was when I
    returned some merchandise. Otherwise, when "buying", they didn't inquire.

    cl
     
  3. Don Bruder

    Don Bruder Guest

    Well, personally, that's sounding way too much like work to come up with
    something to give in response to a question that has no legitimate
    purpose in being asked.

    I prefer my response:

    Clerk: And your phone number?
    Me: You don't need it.
    Clerk. We have to have it or we can't <whatever>
    Me: TIs the money laying on the counter in front of you enough to cover
    the purchase?
    Clerk: <Looks/counts> Uh, yes, it appears it is.
    Me. <picking up purchases and heading for the door> Discussion over.
    Have a nice day.
     
  4. Tom Stiller

    Tom Stiller Guest

    The first three digits are defined by the location from which the SSn
    was issued.
     
  5. A number of sources I've seen list the first issues SSN as
    055-09-0001, while the lowest issued one was 001-01-0001.
    In the early 90s, a lot people would question my SSN's legimitacy,
    since my card (which had been issued to me at the ripe old age of 14)
    had a SSN that started with an unusually high number for someone in my
    current location (Michigan, the card had been issued in Arizona).
    Also, my card was white, while most other cards for people my age were
    mottled blue, although I've since been issued a blue replacement (that
    also no longer says "not to be used for identification purposes" on
    it). People seem to have gotten used to it, however, since I don't
    get comments on it anymore (although my SSN doesn't get used as much
    as it used to, either).

    I also know some older people with 700-728 series numbers which raise
    eyebrows (The 700-728 range was issued by the Railroad Board).
     
  6. DaveM

    DaveM Guest

    The facts can be found at the SSA web site at
    http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/firstcard.html.
    Indeed, the lowest card number issued was 001-01-0001, as mentioned on the SSA
    web site. It tells that Grace D. Owen of Concord, New Hampshire was issued the
    number. on Nov 24, 1936.

    http://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html gives the SS Administration's card
    numbering system. On that page is a link to a table containing legitimate area
    and group number combinations issued to date. This is probably the algorithm
    that was mentioned.

    --
    Dave M
    MasonDG44 at comcast dot net (Just substitute the appropriate characters in the
    address)

    Make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot.
     
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