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Old 05-04-2018, 10:02 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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I was filling out the application for the county library card. In the application, it asks for a last 4 digits of SSN. When I was in TX, to get the library card, I was asked only the DL and not the SSN. So just would like to know if that is the norm here and can I provide that information?

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Old 05-05-2018, 10:48 AM
Location: North Carolina
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Just don't fill it in.

If questioned about it, you can say that you only give that out in very limited situations such as employment applications, mortgage/bank account applications, etc. where it's absolutely required. If the employee you're dealing with still presses you, ask if there's a supervisor to speak with and if there's an alternative form of ID (such as a driver's license) that can be used instead. Be polite about it, but let the burden of showing that it is a hard requirement be on them.

I've had the same question on the patient forms at doctors (asking for the full number), and simply left it blank. It's never been questioned when I've done that. So there's a good chance it won't even be an issue if you leave that space blank.

They are likely asking for that so there's a way to track someone if they check out a lot of materials, don't return them, and are no where to be found. I suppose the last 4 digits are perhaps a little safer than the full number. But I'm very wary about putting it down because of ID theft if someone has that along with other bits of sensitive information because of the constant threat of data breaches at both public and private sector venues. It's not 1992 anymore.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:20 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Originally Posted by Jowel View Post
Just don't fill it in.
As you said, I didn't put my SSN. The librarian looked at my form, did not ask a single question and gave me the card.
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:19 PM
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They don't need your SSN. They already have your fingerprints and DNA off the form you turned in and your picture from the security cameras. Welcome to post 9/11 America.
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