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There are Real ID options if Social Security card’s validity questioned

Last week there was a bit of confusion on how drivers were expected to get to the cellphone waiting lot at the Albuquerque International Sunport. (Courtesy of Dan Shaffer)

WHEN IS A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD? That question came up after John H. visited “the Ruidoso MVD office … trying to get a Real ID driver’s license.”

John says in an email “they would not accept my Social Security card; the clerk said ‘it’s more of a receipt’ than a card and pointed out that at the bottom it states ‘not for identification purposes.’ She also stated that they had just had a meeting about our despicable cards and they are not good for the Social Security card requirement. A friend in Texas has the same type card and used it last year for his Real ID license.

“When a lot of us got our Social Security cards, they were not to be used for ID – just to show that you were assigned a number – which is why it has the ID statement on it. I have had the same card since about 1969 and it is in excellent condition.”

And this encounter has John asking “If N.M. MVD is not going to accept our old Social Security cards, then MVD needs to let people know that.”

But they are accepting them.

Kevin Kelley, communications director for MVD’s parent agency, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, explains “the SSA account number card has gone through multiple versions since adopted, and there are times that there may be a question about the validity of a SSA account number card based on all the different cards held by constituents. Staff have been instructed to consult with their chain of command to validate the authenticity of an SSA card, if the validity is in question.”

And he goes on to say that “for Real ID purposes an applicant must present documentary evidence of their identification number. If eligible for Social Security number, a Social Security Administration (SSA) account number card is acceptable. If a Social Security Administration account card is not available, the person can also present one the following documents, provided that the document bears the applicant’s full Social Security number:

(a) a W-2 form;

(b) a SSA-1099 form;

(c) a non-SSA-1099 form;

(d) a pay stub with the applicant’s name and Social Security number on it.

YOU CAN’T GET TO THE CELLPHONE LOT FROM HERE: Dan Shaffer emails “here’s an perplexing pair of signs at the entrance to the Cell Phone Waiting Lot at the Sunport. One says ‘Road Closed’ and the other is pointing the way to the lot.

“Maybe a paper bag over the ‘Road Closed’ sign would be helpful if the airport can’t afford to remove it!”

Stephanie Kitts, marketing coordinator for the Sunport, says “the ‘Road Closed’ sign here is actually a permanent sign and has been covered while the cellphone waiting lot is under construction. Based on this photo, it looks to me like the material that was covering the sign may have been removed – my best guess would be that it took a beating with the recent weather and hail. … I have forwarded the photo to our maintenance team here at the airport to make sure the sign is re-covered while the finishing touches are being completed on the permanent cell phone waiting lot.”

During the construction, Kitts says drivers seeking to park until the traveler they are picking up arrives and calls or texts should follow “signs leading to the temporary lot – one of which you can see in the photo Mr. Schaffer sent. … It’s just northwest of the permanent lot.”

Editorial page editor D’Val Westphal tackles commuter issues for the Metro area on Mondays. Reach her at 823-3858;; or P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103.