Why is the Secretary of State collecting Social Security numbers?

Michigan law requires the Department of State to collect and verify Social Security numbers before issuing a driver's license or state identification card.

(Michigan Vehicle Code, 1949 PA 300, as amended by 1998 PA 330 and by 2008 PA 7; and State Identification Card Act, 1972 PA 222, as amended by 2008 PA 31.)

Social Security numbers are used for child support collection and to assist in establishing identity.

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