Senate approves dropping Social Security numbers from licenses

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate has approved bills dropping a requirement for Alaskans' Social Security numbers on hunting, fishing and driver's licenses.

The bills, sponsored by Rep. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, passed unanimously Wednesday.

Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, spoke in support of the bills, saying they provide a safeguard against identity theft.

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles already allows people to keep their Social Security number off a driver's license. But if the person does not object, the numbers are automatically included.

Under Coghill's legislation, Social Security numbers still have to be on commercial driver's licenses and on all driver's license applications.

In 1998 Congress said states must require Social Security numbers on applications for driver's, occupational, and recreational licenses in order to qualify for federal aid in finding parents delinquent in child support payments. The state received a waiver exempting it from the hunting and fishing license part of that requirement.

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