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July / August 1991
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H. R. 6

Cover Stories
Congress Reintroduces Religious Freedom Legislation

Michigan Home Schooler Wins in Court

Are Social Security Numbers Required?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act—A History

Editorial: Religious Liberty: Luxury or Priceless Treasure? By Michael P. Farris


President’s Corner

Across the States

National Center Reports

C O V E R   S T O R Y

Are Social Security Numbers Required?

Students of public schools in a number of states are now being required to disclose their social security numbers as a condition of enrollment in the public schools. Because of a recent enactment, HSLDA anticipates that some Ohio officials are going to begin demanding social security numbers of home school students as well.

While such a demand would clearly exceed the letter and intent of the Ohio provision, there is an even greater legal barrier to coerced disclosure of a social security number to any government official. A little known federal law makes it unlawful for any state or local government to require the disclosure of your social security number unless the recordkeeping system was in place prior to January 1, 1975, requiring the use of the social security number prior to that date.

This statute, Act Dec. 31, 1974, P.L. 93-579, § 7, 88 Stat. 1909, even makes post-1975 federal attempts to discover your social security number illegal unless specifically required by federal statute. In other words, a federal regulation or official action cannot be the basis of required disclosure.

Any member of HSLDA who is told by an official that a social security number is required for any aspect of home schooling should immediately contact our legal department.