Student Support Services

Working Papers and Social Security Numbers

Governor Paterson recently notified all New York State Commissioners that effective January 1, 2010, the use of Social Security Numbers by State Agencies and governmental entities would be restricted to prevent identity theft.  You may find the guidelines for this law at:

In addition, According to the Employment Certificating Officers’ Manual, under the section entitled, “Requirements for Applicants”, it states that, “It is not mandatory for minors to have a social security number; however, the form requests a social security number in order to encourage young people to obtain one.”  Therefore, requiring a social security number from a minor applying for working papers was a school option.  It has always been an employer’s responsibility to obtain the social security number from each employee for payroll purposes. 

Based on the information provided above, the line on the application for employment
certificate/permit forms (AT-17 and AT-22) requesting a minor’s social security number has have been deleted. If you have further questions please feel free to contact the Office of Student Support Services at 518-486-6090.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010