Nine digits, no waiting

It’s the third of April. Do you know where your Social Security card is?

(Suggested by HeatherRadish.)


  1. Tatyana »

    4 April 2009 · 7:00 am

    Did you notice at the bottom the mention of “passport cards”?
    What kind of animal is that?

  2. CGHill »

    4 April 2009 · 9:26 am

    This one here.

  3. Tatyana »

    4 April 2009 · 9:49 am

    more papers = more government offices, more possibility for fraud, more restriction of civil liberties (a chip? a freaking chip?). Way to go – towards Soviet system of propiska, just with superior technical means.

  4. unimpressed »

    4 April 2009 · 1:23 pm

    Thank you, Tatyana. Now I know I want no part of it. The problem is that I will likely not be given a choice.

  5. Tatyana »

    4 April 2009 · 1:51 pm

    I wonder why there is no widely publicized media outrage on the topic? Where are the civil liberties advocates?

  6. CGHill »

    4 April 2009 · 4:19 pm

    Right now, they seem to be distracted by teenagers sending risqué photos of themselves via cell phone.

  7. Tatyana »

    4 April 2009 · 5:17 pm

    No doubt, life&liberty-threatening activity.

  8. Скрипучая беседка »

    4 April 2009 · 7:42 pm

    A branding chip…

    Thanks to Dustbury, I just learned about new kind of identification papers that has started to be issued by State Department – passport cards. Not passports, you understand, not “green cards” ……

  9. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2009 · 8:16 am

    I went through a similar tear-the-house-apart process, after a colleague (incorrectly, as it turned out) told me I would need one to renew my Oklahoma driver’s license (turns out you only need it if you’re fool enough to let your license expire).

    However, I did find mine and I know where it is. Not that I relish the thought of being asked to show it or any other “papers” as I go about my ordinary daily business.

    I do think I had to provide my card upon the beginning of my current employment (some 10 years ago), but my understanding was that was for tax purposes, and not to prove that I was here legally.

  10. Tatyana »

    5 April 2009 · 10:37 am

    FJ: and what you think the tax purposes are? They tax people who are here legally. For the benefit of those who are not.

  11. fillyjonk »

    7 April 2009 · 6:56 am

    I figured it was to prove I was who I said I was, and to make sure the w-2s got to the right place?

    I also had to sign a statement affirming that I wasn’t using drugs but doing that didn’t bother me, either.

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