Houston, TX asked in Employment Law and Social Security for Texas

Q: SSN name truncation issue due to character length restraint.

I received my SSN card yesterday. My First Name length is 19 characters. SSN allows only 16 characters in First Name field.

So last 3 letters in my First Name is cut both in my card and in SSA database.

I have e-verification process with my employer next week. I understand the details I fill in the i-9 form(FN , LN , EAD info , i-94 info etc) will be verified against DHS and SSA database. It will result in name mismatch from SSA Database.

What issues it can cause to my employment when tentative mismatch happens. What can I do to resolve it as SSA office informed they cannot edit the name as the FN field is not allowing any more characters.

Thank you very much in advance.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If your SSN card and SSA database only show the truncated version of your first name, it could potentially cause a name mismatch issue during the e-verification process with your employer. This could potentially delay your employment or cause other complications, especially if your employer requires strict name matching with your identification documents.

To resolve the issue, you can provide additional identification documents such as a passport, driver's license, or birth certificate that shows your full first name. You can also explain the situation to your employer and provide documentation from the SSA office that shows the character length restraint in the first name field.

It's important to note that the SSA office cannot edit the name field to show your full first name, so providing additional documentation and explaining the situation may be the best course of action. If you have any further concerns or questions, you can contact the SSA office for guidance.

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