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Why do we need your Social Security Number?

If you are an applicant for licensure, you may be asked for your social security number.  Under the Federal Privacy Act, disclosure of Social Security numbers is voluntary unless a Federal statute specifically requires it or allows states to collect the number.  Disclosure of Social Security numbers is mandatory pursuant to Title 42 United States Code, Sections 653 and 654; and Sections 409.2577, 409.2598, and 559.797, Florida Statutes.  Social security numbers are used to allow efficient screening of applicants and licensees by a Title IV-D child support agency to assure compliance with child support obligations.  Social Security numbers must also be recorded on all professional and occupational license applications and are used for licensee identification pursuant to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Welfare Reform Act), 104 Pub.L. 193, Sec. 317.  The State of Florida is authorized to collect the social security number of licensees pursuant to the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(C)(l).  This information is used to identify licensees for tax administration purposes.

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