by Anthony Clark
Laminating documents tend to be a great way to protect them as well as preventing tears and wear. However, lamination prevents access to the original document. The lamination makes it challenging to examine the SS card’s security features, hence becoming hard to tell if the card is legit.
The card is made from hard plastic; hence no need to be worried about it getting damaged. Plus, if the card gets damaged, replacing it is easy. You need to go to the nearby social security office for a replacement. In this article, all your concerns and questions about the lamination of social security cards will be answered; read on.
The Social Security card is a small, hard, plastic, wallet-sized piece of paper that contains a unique 9-digit number given to all US residents. This card is usually issued to both permanent and temporary residents working in the United States.
If you reside in the United States, then this card will serve you in different ways. They include:
One of the Social Security Administration requirements is introducing social security cards that cannot be forged for fraudulent purposes. They constantly apply new anti-fraud technologies and techniques, and changing the social security card could jeopardize these protections. According to the SSA, the social security card’s lamination can prevent a person from finding employment or accessing certain non-government benefits that the card would otherwise provide.
The Social Security Administration doesn’t recommend lamination of SS cards. On their website, you will find the information, as well, on the back of your card. They discourage lamination since it causes the failure of certain security features. Plus, the card can be seen to be counterfeit because it is hard to prove if the card is genuine or not.
A social security card has security features that will not work if it is laminated. The identity theft protection feature is significant. Besides, the social security card uses special paper that can hide essential data if laminated. The US government wants the SS card’s features to work when needed. Laminating can prevent this from happening. Therefore, lamination is not recommended.
It is not illegal to laminate a SS card because the Federal government refuses to laminate it but not an actual law. If you have already laminated the card, don’t worry because the police will not arrest you. There is no actual law against the lamination of the social security card.
Most people opt to laminate their SS cards to carry them wherever they go without damaging them. Since the card can be used for all devious reasons, don’t carry it in your purse or wallet. Don’t laminate your card even if it is not illegal.
Laminating social security cards damages it. It is not the right method if you want your card to last longer. It is advisable not to laminate the card because the high temperature and pressure used when laminating make it lose its security features. Also, the plastic used for laminating “decomposes” over time. This is a chemical reaction that can damage the paper. In addition to lamination, an acid adhesive is used and can alter the ink on your documents and cause “bleeding.”
If you laminate your SS card without knowing the damage it comes with, you could follow this process to remove it. It is a delicate process, and if done wrongly, then the card will get damaged. Although there are several ways to remove the lamination, the recommended way is the use of heat. You will need either a blow dryer or an iron.
Here are steps to follow:
If your card gets damaged after laminating it, you need to visit the nearest Social security office for a replacement. For a lost or stolen SS card, you need to report to the Social Security Administration to ensure they monitor anyone who tries to use the missing card.
To replace your damaged or lost card, you need to submit the necessary documents, such as a passport or birth certificate for identity. It will take a day or two to get your card. In some cases, it will take 7 days to have it.
You can request for social security card if you:
You can apply for a social security card online. Besides, you can mail the application form and documents to your nearby social security office.
Since lamination interferes with essential features in the card, you can choose other ways to protect your social security card. They include;
Here are some most asked questions about social security cards. You can also contact the administration to offer more support on any questions or issues about them.
A social security card is issued to people who work in the United States. It is used to report your income to the government and on your tax return. When opening a new bank account, most banks will ask for your Social Security card or proof of application for a Social Security card.
No. The Social Security office doesn’t accept laminated cards because they are easy to fake.
No. A laminated card will not be accepted as lamination tends to obscure the card’s features. Besides, the back of the card states that “not valid if laminated.”
You can opt to keep the SSN card in a plastic sleeve or an envelope that will not temper with the card. Plus, not carrying the card everywhere you expect when going to a place you are sure you will be asked for it like when applying for a job.
Your card should be mailed to you within four to six weeks of your request. Your mailing address on your SS-5 form must be correct so your card can be delivered to you. If you change your mailing address after applying for Social security Administration, you must notify them by phone or at the Social security office.
Institutions don’t accept a photocopy of this card. It should be either the original copy issued from the social security office.
Don’t worry. However, it is discouraged because it becomes difficult to detect import security features. The employers may think the card has been counterfeited.
It is not recommended that you laminate your social security card because it loses essential features like verification and validation. You can choose other ways of protecting your cards, such as keeping them safe in your pouch or plastic sleeve.
This article answers all your questions on how to protect your social security card without having to laminate it. I wish you the best as you store your essential documents, such as your social security card.
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark always had a passion for digital drawing and printing ever since he was young. He would wander around his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portrayal of anything: objects, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State University - the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present his experience coupled with some colorful dips to help shape the future of printing.