Social Security Number Discussion

''From: rik kershaw ''

I don't know if this is of any help in the false ID, but how about a breakdown of the US Social Security Number.

The first group (of 3 digits) indicates the person's state of residence at time of SSN application. Each state has a bank of numbers assigned to it, and a table of that information can be found from many sources - including the Internet. The middle 2 digits signify the year and the last group has no significance - I believe that they increment from "0000" to "9999".

''From: Michael Layne''

After the last two or three posts concerning the structure of Social Security Numbers (as an offshoot of the Fake ID thread), I decided to do a little research on the Internet.

I've collected what is probably more than the Mi-Go, MJ-12, and the Illuminati would think I should know concerning how Social Security Numbers are assigned. Having done so, I decided, like a good Case Officer, to share it with other personnel so my gathered information doesn't die with me! :)

Considering the number of posts concerning these numbers, maybe this data ought to be stored in the Ice Cave, so future inquiries can be referred there… :)

Structure of Social Security Numbers

A Social Security Number (SSN) consists of nine digits, commonly written as three fields separated by hyphens: AAA-GG-SSSS.

The first three-digit field is called the "area number".

The central, two-digit field is called the "group number".

The final, four-digit field is called the "serial number".

The process of assigning numbers has been changed at least twice.

Until 1965, only half the group numbers were used. Before 1972, numbers were assigned by field offices; since 1972, they have all been assigned by the central office. The order in which numbers were assigned was changed in the 1972 transition.

There may have been other changes, but it is difficult to get information on how things used to be done.

Area Numbers:

The area numbers are assigned to geographical locations. They were originally assigned the same way that zip codes were later assigned (in particular, area numbers increase from east to west across the continental United States, as do the Postal ZIP codes). Most area numbers were assigned according to state (or territorial) boundaries, although the series 700-729 was assigned to railroad workers regardless of location (this series of area numbers was discontinued in 1964, and is no longer used for new SSNs).

Area numbers assigned prior to 1972 are an indication of the Social Security Administration office which originally issued the SSN. Since 1972 the area number in SSNs corresponds to the residence address given by the applicant on the application for the SSN.

In many regions, the original range of area number assignments was eventually exhausted as the population grew. The original area number assignments have been augmented as required. (This is why a number of states have non-contiguous groups of Area numbers.) All of the original assignments were less than 585 (except for the 700-729 railroad worker series mentioned above).

Area numbers of "000" have never been issued.

001-003 NH

004-007 ME

008-009 VT

010-034 MA

035-039 RI

040-049 CT

050-134 NY

135-158 NJ

159-211 PA

212-220 MD

221-222 DE

223-231 VA

232-236 WV

237-246 NC

247-251 SC

252-260 GA

261-267 FL

268-302 OH

303-317 IN

318-361 IL

362-386 MI

387-399 WI

400-407 KY

408-415 TN

416-424 AL

425-428 MS

429-432 AR

433-439 LA

440-448 OK

449-467 TX

468-477 MN

478-485 IA

486-500 MO

501-502 ND

503-504 SD

505-508 NE

509-515 KS

516-517 MT

518-519 ID

520 WY

521-524 CO

525 NM

526-527 AZ

528-529 UT

530 NV

531-539 WA

540-544 OR

545-573 CA

574 AK

575-576 HI

577-579 DC

580 VI Virgin Islands

581-584 PR Puerto Rico

585 NM

586 PI Pacific Islands (Guam, American Samoa, Philippine

Islands, Northern Mariana Islands)

587-588 MS

589-595 FL

596-599 PR Puerto Rico

600-601 AZ

602-626 CA

627-645 TX

646-647 UT

648-649 NM

650-699 Currently unassigned, reserved for future use

700-728 Railroad workers through 1963, then discontinued

729-799 Currently unassigned, reserved or future use

800-999 Not valid SSNs. Some sources have claimed that numbers above 900 were used when some state programs (for blind, aged, and disabled) were converted to Federal control, but other sources report that current Social Security documents claim no numbers above 799 have ever been used.

Group Numbers:

The group number is not related to geography, but rather to the order in which SSNs are issued for a particular area. Before 1965, only half the group numbers were used: odd numbers were used below 10 and even numbers were used above 9. In 1965 the system was changed so assignments continued with the low even numbers and the high odd numbers. So, group numbers for each area number are assigned in the following order:

1. Odd numbers, 01 to 09

2. Even numbers, 10 to 98

3. Even numbers, 02 to 08

4. Odd numbers, 11 to 99

Group codes of "00" are not assigned

In each region, all possible area numbers are assigned with each group number, before using the next group number. This means the group numbers can be used to find a chronological ordering of SSNs within a region. When new group numbers are assigned to a state, the old numbers are usually used up first.

The Social Security Administration publishes a list every month of the highest group that is assigned for each SSN Area. For example, if the highest group assigned for area 999 is 72, then we would know that the number 999-04-1234 is an invalid number, because the "even" Groups under 9 have not yet been assigned.

Serial Numbers:

Serial numbers are assigned in chronological order within each area and group number as the applications are processed. Serial number "0000" is never used. Before 1965, when number assignment was transferred from field offices to the central office, serial numbers may have been assigned in a strange order. (Some sources claim that 2000 and 7000 series numbers were assigned out of order. That no longer seems to be the case.) Currently, the serial numbers are assigned in strictly increasing order with each area and group combination. (Social Security Numbers are currently assigned by computer in Social Security Administration headquarters in Washington, DC. There are relatively rare cases in which the computer system can be over-ridden by manual assignment —- such as a recipient refusing a number containing the sequence 666.)

Invalid SSNs:

Any SSN conforming to one of the following criteria is an invalid number:

1. Any field all zeroes (no field of zeroes is ever assigned).

2. First three digits above 740

Duplicate SSNs:

Many people assume Social Security Numbers are unique. They were intended to be by the Social Security Administration, when the program began in 1935, but the SSA didn't take sufficient precautions to ensure that this would actually occur. They have several times given a previously issued SSN to someone with the same name and DOB (Date of Birth) as the original recipient, in the mistaken belief that it was the same person asking again.

The SSN 078-05-1120 was printed on "sample" cards inserted in thousands of new wallets sold during the 1940s and 1950s. A number of people who had — for one reason or another — not yet obtained an SSN apparently thought this was the number they had been assigned, and proceeded to use it as their SSN, to the confusion of the Social Security Administration. This number was so widely used in such cases that the IRS and the SSA will immediately recognize it as bogus — but your average clerk probably hasn't heard of it.

Consecutive SSNs within a family might occasionally occur "naturally", but are _unlikely_ — especially for parents and children. All the SSNs in a family being consecutive is sometimes a sign that the recipients are foreign defectors living under assumed names, or (slightly more often) clients of the Federal Witness Protection System, which has just slipped up.

(From what I've heard, after a few such clients were discovered through such means, and "taken out of the loop" on a permanent basis by representatives of the people looking for them, the Department of Justice has been more careful, lately…)

A pamphlet entitled "The Social Security Number" (Pub. No. 05-10633) provides an explanation of the SSN's structure and the method of assigning and validating Social Security numbers.

This description of the structure of the Social Security Number is based on messages written by Jerry Crow and Barbara Bennett. The information has been verified by its correspondence to the Social Security Administration's Program Operations Manual System (POMS) Part 01, Chapter 001, subchapter 01, which can be found at Federal Depository Libraries. (SSA Pub. No. 68-0100201.)

(It is also based on data at sites including:

''From: "Jon" ''

800-999 Not valid SSNs. Some sources have claimed that numbers above
900 were used when some state programs (for blind, aged, and
disabled) were converted to Federal control, but other sources
report that current Social Security documents claim no numbers
above 799 have ever been used.

While true, it's somewhat misleading. Foreign people who work in the USA have to pay US income tax, and the IRS requires a SSN. Since non-citizens can't get an SSN, they are issued a TIN, Tax-payer Identification Number. I don't remember if the IRS uses 800-999 or 900-999, but other than the area range, they _look_ identical to an SSN. Sorry I can't provide any more info on the TIN. I just remember a few of these numbers from working in a tax prep office a while back.

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