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Why do I have to give so much information for a driver's license?

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Why do you have to give out your social security number?  It depends on who's asking.  

Your employer needs it to report your income.  So do banks.  But what about healthcare providers?  The answer here is no.

Credit cards require your social security number to run your credit score, but here it's your choice whether or not you want to do business with a credit card company.

One place you don't have a choice is at Georgia's Department of Driver Services.

A viewer wrote Better Call Harry wondering why we have to provide so much information for a driver's license.  The answer is simple.  It's the law.

In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act.  The recommendation came from the 911 Commission.   The Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

In Georgia that means you must provide your birth certificate or passport, two documents proving residency such as a utility bill.  You must also provide paperwork proving your social security number.  That information is compared to a federal database to deter terrorist from obtaining fake identification.

If you ever wondered why the new Georgia driver's license has a gold star on it, now you know.