Brad Fitzpatrick (brad) wrote,
Brad Fitzpatrick

Stupid federal government

My driver's license is soon expiring. Along with my renewal application was this beauty:
Disclosure of your Social Security Number is mandatory for all license applications.

On Jan. 1, 2004, the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) will begin collecting Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from applicants for all original, renewal, and replacement driver licenses.

DMV will collect SSNs in order to comply with a federal law that makes the availability of federal welfare funds contingent upon states collecting SSNs to assist in the enforcement of child support laws.

All persons who have been issued a SSN by the United States Social Security Administration will be required to provide it to DMV. [ORS 25.785, 42 USC 405(c)(2)(C) and 666(a)(13)]. DMV will not issue, renew, or replace any permit or license unless this information is provided.

Applicants who have never been issued a SSN may sign a Statement of No Social Security Number form available from DMV. Customers who refuse to disclose their SSN or sign the statement will not be issued a license or permit.

DMV takes its responsibility to safeguard personal information very seriously. The SSN will not be displayed on the license or permit, or released on DMV records. Access to SSNs is allowed only to qualified government agencies.
Whereby "qualified" means "any", I presume.

I'll add this to my collection, along with the "TSA went through your luggage to protect you" notice.

It pisses me off that the federal government bribes the states with money.

I wish I could survive on mass transit alone. But even then I'd need a state-issued ID to be able to drink legally, which would probably also require giving my SSN out to DMV.

I'm actually kinda surprised by this: the government agencies can't join their databases and get this info on their own? (I'm sure it's technically illegal, but still....)

Heh.... I wonder if the DMV would take a proof of vasectomy certificate instead? "I can't have no children... so you don't need my SSN for child support laws!"
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