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10 things retirees should never keep in their wallets

Kiplinger Logo By Bob Niedt of Kiplinger | Slide 3 of 11: Losing your Social Security number is a sure ticket to identity theft. Once stolen, rogue identity thieves could use that number to get loans in your name or obtain credit cards. For that reason, identity theft experts say, never carry your Social Security card -- or even a piece of paper with your Social Security number on it.

That task done, make sure nothing else in your wallet has your Social Security number on it, including other forms of identification (expunge your spouse's and children's Social Security numbers, too, if you carry those around in your wallet). States can no longer display your SSN on newly issued driver's licenses, state ID cards and motor-vehicle registrations. However, if you still have any old photo IDs with your Social Security number on them, request a new ID immediately. Even if there's an additional fee, it's worth it to protect your identity.

And check your checks. Some old-timers used to have their Social Security number printed on their checking account checks thinking it would be a better form of ID for the payee. Destroy those checks if you have them lying around or carry one in your wallet.

See Also: What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?

Social Security Card

Losing your Social Security number is a sure ticket to identity theft. Once stolen, rogue identity thieves could use that number to get loans in your name or obtain credit cards. For that reason, identity theft experts say, never carry your Social Security card -- or even a piece of paper with your Social Security number on it.

That task done, make sure nothing else in your wallet has your Social Security number on it, including other forms of identification (expunge your spouse's and children's Social Security numbers, too, if you carry those around in your wallet). States can no longer display your SSN on newly issued driver's licenses, state ID cards and motor-vehicle registrations. However, if you still have any old photo IDs with your Social Security number on them, request a new ID immediately. Even if there's an additional fee, it's worth it to protect your identity.

And check your checks. Some old-timers used to have their Social Security number printed on their checking account checks thinking it would be a better form of ID for the payee. Destroy those checks if you have them lying around or carry one in your wallet.

See Also: What's My Social Security Full Retirement Age?

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