Social Security Number Assignment Method Changed

Post Date: 7/13/11
Last Updated: 7/13/11

Summary

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has initiated a new method of assigning Social Security numbers (SSN) to new applicants. In the past, a person applying for an SSN would be assigned a number based on his or her geographic residency. The first three numbers of the SSN, known as the area number, were assigned to individuals in specific states.
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