Social Security Numbers

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The collection of social security numbers for drivers' licenses is raising concerns.

Michigan residents will be forced to give their vital information next year when applying for or renewing their license. Some fear it will open up more ways to commit identity theft, the nation's fastest growing crime.

The 1997 Welfare Reform Act requires the state to compile the numbers on a database. It's designed to deny drivers' licenses to parents who have not paid child support.

State officials say they are concerned about privacy issues, but intend to follow the law. States that refuse to collect the numbers face the loss of federal dollars.

After twice being rejected for a state exemption from the requirement, former Secretary of State Candice Miller sued the federal government. But in October of 2001, a U.S. District Court Judge in Grand Rapids dismissed the suit.