AZ MVD partnership lets drivers get replacement Social Security - Tucson News Now

AZ MVD partnership lets drivers get replacement Social Security cards online

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona's Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is now making it possible for drivers to request Social Security card replacements online via the Social Security website, thanks to the driver's license verification program the department uses. 

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers, get them out of line and on the road safely, and this is one more tool that helps us reach that goal,” Motor Vehicle Division Director Eric Jorgensen said. “This is a real game-changer for making essential services more accessible and adds another element for protecting sensitive ID information.”

The Driver License Data Verification service is offered thanks to a partnership between MVD and the nonprofit American Association of Motor Vehicle Administration.  This electronic system verifies a person's driver license or ID card attributes like name, address, birth date, license expiration date and eye color, then confirms their validity to whichever entity is making the request.

This new program makes Arizona one of only 15 states and the District of Columbia that offers online Social Security card replacement via the SSA website at www.ssa.gov/ssnumber.  AZ driver's license holders can create an account on the site and follow the procedure to get a replacement card, saving them a trip to the SSA office.  

According to the release, the secure data-verification process also streamlines the current process used by banks, retailers and government agencies for verifying a person’s identity. When someone applies for a bank loan or makes a major purchase, this electronic system eliminates paperwork that may takes days to process by moving that secure process online. 

This is done in real time, which means information can be verified more rapidly and while the customer is present.  Once the procedure is complete, the participating entity will be told if the ID attributes match or if there is a problem. The data is held only for the amount of time needed to process the verification.

It’s another example of MVD helping customers conduct more transactions online. Through ServiceArizona.com, Arizonans can conduct offer more than 20 motor vehicle transactions such as vehicle registration renewal and ordering replacement driver licenses and specialty license plates, with more to come.

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