How to Decipher a Social Security Number
|This information isn't really a secret. It just isn't very well known. According to the Social Security Administration, your nine-digit Social Security Number (SSN) is divided into three parts:|
1. The first three digits are known as the "area number". Until June 25, 2011, this is generally the State or territory where your SSN was assigned. Thereafter, the number was randomly assigned.
2. The second two numbers are known as the "group numbers". They really do not have any geographical or data significance.
3. The third set of four numbers is simply the numerical sequence of digits 0001 to 9999 issued within each group.
People born in the United States since 1987 may have had their SSN applied for them by the hospital at birth. This does vary by State. By using the first three numbers of anyone's SSN, you can either tell in which State they were born, or at the least, one of the States where they once lived. Try it!
Information is from sources believed to be reliable but cannot be guaranteed. The information presented is solely intended to assist site visitors in better understanding Social Security Numbers.
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