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Why would a parent sign a child's social security card?

post #1 of 6
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I was talking to one of my boys last night, he's about to turn 18 and there are so legal issues he needs to think about. He has no relationship with his dad and his mom, well, she's a little on the wacky side. It is not a high income family.

In the course of the conversation, he told me his mother had his social security card but he still needed a new one because she had signed his name to it several years ago. I asked why and he didn't know and for the life of me, I cannot imagine why she would have done this.

Anyway, I finally told my boy to get the number and we are going to run a credit check on him. I didn't want him to doubt his mother but, as I shared before, when DH and I were first together, we had to pay off an old phone bill, about $800.00, that his mother and stepfather had put in his name.

Is there any logical reason a parent would sign their child's social security card that I am not thinking of?
post #2 of 6

Well, since you said the mom is a bit on the wacky side, I'm thinking she might have thought she needed to sign it because he was a minor.   Just a thought.

post #3 of 6

I was thinking something like that, maybe she thought she was supposed to sign it.  But I do believe that it says specifically on the card if it is for a minor that they are not to sign it until they are 18, correct me if I am wrong.

 

But I think it is a good idea to check the kids credit report, just to be on the safe side.  I just can't think of where the mother would have needed to show a signed SS card for them to do something with it though.  The only time I needed to show my SS card was for a job, so unless the dad used the sons card to get a job, I too can't think of any reason they would have used that card.

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I was thinking something like that, maybe she thought she was supposed to sign it.  But I do believe that it says specifically on the card if it is for a minor that they are not to sign it until they are 18, correct me if I am wrong.

 

But I think it is a good idea to check the kids credit report, just to be on the safe side.  I just can't think of where the mother would have needed to show a signed SS card for them to do something with it though.  The only time I needed to show my SS card was for a job, so unless the dad used the sons card to get a job, I too can't think of any reason they would have used that card.



I just checked my kids' cards. Three of them say to "please sign it right away" and keep it in a safe place. The youngest 2 kids' cards don not say that.

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I just checked my kids' cards. Three of them say to "please sign it right away" and keep it in a safe place. The youngest 2 kids' cards don not say that.



When my girls were born, you weren't required to get a social security card right away (but I did anyway).  So I believe that is probably why your older kids' say to sign right away--mostly because people didn't get social security cards until they actually needed them to work.  Now that it is a law to get them as soon as they are born, they probably finally changed that.


I agree with everyone; she probably didn't know better and was doing what she thought she had to do.  But you are very smart to question whether she used his number for something...

post #6 of 6

I did for my oldest ones because when the card came it said "sign right away".  Well since they were like 4 weeks old, and obviously couldn't do that I did it.  Also, it was at a time when everyone was really REALLY starting to protect that info, so I thought if I sign it - it would be harder for anyone to steal it.

 

It's easy to get another one, so when my oldest gets a job, we'll just apply for a copy and get a new one for her.

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