What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die?

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When a person dies, their social security number dies with them, as opposed to being recirculated. Learn about the amount of social security numbers that will have to be generated before the social security administration has to make any changes with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on social security numbers.

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You have recently become aware of Social Security number scams where individuals have taken the Social Security numbers of other people, and use them to obtain false purchases, false loans, and a host of other items. And you're worried about what's going to happen to your Social Security number when you die. Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question: What happens to your Social Security number when you die? Well, you may be surprised to learn that it dies with you. It is not re-circulated. The Social Security Administration is adamant about that position. Currently, there have been approximately 400 million Social Security numbers administered and released, and it is anticipated that there are enough numbers to go around -- slightly one billion -- between now and the end of the next century. So for the time being, the Social Security Administration's not going to really have to change anything to avoid duplication of numbers. So to answer the question, your Social Security number dies with you. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.


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