Social Security questions and answers
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
Q: Is it illegal to laminate your Social Security card?
A: No it is not illegal, but it’s best not to laminate your card. Laminated cards make it difficult, if not impossible, to detect important security features. Also, your employer may refuse to accept it.
The Social Security Act requires Social Security to issue cards that cannot be counterfeited. We incorporate many features to protect the card’s integrity. That includes highly specialized paper and printing techniques — some visible to the naked eye and some not.
Further, we continue to explore and adopt new technologies that hamper duplication. Keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers. Do not carry it with you. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.
Q: I’m planning to retire next year. I served in the Navy back in the 1960s and need to make sure I get credit for my military service. What do I need to do?
A: You don’t need to do anything to apply for the special credit for your military service — it is added automatically. For service between 1957 and 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record at the time you apply for Social Security benefits.
For service between 1968 and 2001, those extra military service credits have already been added to your record. So you can rest assured that we have you covered. Read our online publication, Military Service and Social Security, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html.
Kay Louder is the district manager of the Social Security office in Gainesville.
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