Social security cards are made of paper, and many people destroy or smash the copies they were given years earlier. Some try to avoid this by laminating them.
Although the idea makes sense, it is not advisable that you laminate your card because it can ruin it.
While social security cards are one of a person’s most important documents, they get easily damaged.
How to keep your social security card protected without laminating it
Laminating your card can make it unreadable if it has to be scanned.
If you need the card and it’s damaged, you may need to wait at least a week until you see a new one.
This means that any employment or claim that depends on your card must be paused.
This is how you can safely protect your card
- Put it in a strong plastic film
- Store in a briefcase with other paper documents
- Encapsulate it
A story about what social security cards are made of
The flimsy, slightly ripped paper cards we see today are not what they were always made of.
That shift was made in 1983, according to AS.
The original material used was cardboard.
Part of what is so easily destroyed is that if it is lost, lost or stolen, it can easily be destroyed.
This can help protect your identity from being stolen.