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MVD program makes it possible to get Social Security card replacements online
Security tool increases online MVD offerings, combats ID theft, fraud

PHOENIX - A driver license verification program used by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division now makes it possible to request Social Security card replacements online through the Social Security website.

According to a press release from ADOT, the program simplifies the already-existing process of getting a person's identifying information verified when making a major purchase or obtaining a loan.

"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," said Motor Vehicle Division Director Eric Jorgensen.

"This is a real game-changer for making essential services more accessible and adds another element for protecting sensitive ID information," said Jorgensen.

MVD has aligned with the nonprofit American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to offer the Driver License Data Verification service. The release said this electronic system verifies a person's driver license or ID card attributes, such as name; address; birthdate; license expiration date; and eye color. It then confirms validity to whichever entity is making the request.

With this program in place, stated the release, Arizona is among 15 states and the District of Columbia offering online Social Security card replacement service through the Social Security Administration website at ssa.gov/ssnumber.

Arizona driver license holders can create an account on this site and follow the procedure to get a replacement card, avoiding a trip to a Social Security Administration office.

The release states that 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.

According to the release, this is done in real time. Information can be verified rapidly and while the customer is present. Once the procedure is complete, said ADOT, 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.

The release said it's another example of MVD helping customers conduct more transactions online. Through ServiceArizona.com, Arizonans can conduct more than 20 motor vehicle transactions - such as vehicle registration renewal, and ordering replacement driver licenses and specialty license plates. ADOT said that more is to come with the program.

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