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Why You Should Never Laminate Your Social Security Card for Storage

Although laminating your Social Security card may seem like a good idea, the fact that it is made of fragile banknote paper should be taken into consideration before doing so.

According to AS USA, the Social Security Administration made the move from cardboard to banknote paper in 1983 in order to implement many security measures.

Apart from reducing the likelihood of an intact card being discovered on the street, paper Social Security cards have been found to have additional security characteristics, such as:

  • Random patterns of blue marbled with a blue tinge. To get rid of data, you have to make an effort to cover up your tracks.
  • Planchettes in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue are scattered across the paper.
  • The heightened effect of the card’s intaglio printing may be felt when the card is examined by touch. This is a challenging technology to copy.
  • Additional security measures are not visible to the naked eye, but they are there nonetheless.


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This could cause complications if you need to use your Social Security card for identification purposes if it is not laminated. Your card can be protected from harm by placing it in a plastic bag or other detachable material, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).