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Old 07-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #21
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....Find out if there are reasons the SS office might be especially busy at certain times on the monthly calendar, and avoid those times.

(Based on my unscientific observations of a local tax office I pass by several times a day, where they handle 'in person only" license plate transactions.)
I agree. I recently had to renew my car registration in person, and when I called for information on what documents were required, the helpful clerk advised me which days of the week and which hours to avoid, and which days and hours were their least busy. Sure enough, I took her advice and I was in and out in about 10 minutes.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:15 AM   #22
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When I applied for state ID, the SS card is required. They will not accept my US Passport and my out of state Driver's License. Think of it - the SS card is the easiest one to counterfeit of all 3 IDs.
What a hassle. I'll bet 70 or 80% of people don't have a SS card. Especially older people. Is your state one of the ones implementing new voter ID requirements? If so, I hope they don't require a SS card to get your state ID to vote. That would be outrage on top of outrage.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #23
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In TX the DPS has required it at times to get your driver's license. We've had to physically show our SS card various times, so we keep them in the firesafe handy for when we might need them.
Until 2 or 3 years ago, this was the case in Ohio as well. About ten years ago, DW and I both had to get new SS cards just for this reason.

But take heart!
When I went to the local SS office to get a new card, I was dismayed to find at least 30 or 40 people in the waiting room ahead of me. However, since they were there for all sorts of reasons, many involving complicated issues that needed real expertise, and any clerk could process a replacement card request, I got called up within only about 15 minutes and was out of there very quickly.
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I guess it is about time we have a national ID for people who do not need a passport.

This subject is controversial, but only in the US! Guess we are different than the rest of the world.
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I guess it is about time we have a national ID for people who do not need a passport.

This subject is controversial, but only in the US! Guess we are different than the rest of the world.
Yeah, a unique identifier would be useful as long as companies would view it as just that - a unique "name." To many organizationan currently treat the SSN as some magical thing that must belong to you if you know what it is.
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Her Medicare Card will have her SSN, plus a terminal letter.


I have always thought this also, but since my SS check is linked to DW's SS account (spousal), my Medicare# was changed to reflect her SS #, not mine. When we jump back to mine when I hit age 70, I assume that my Medicare # will jump back to a reflection of my SS# at that time. Must make sense to someone...
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