U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: May 28, 2020
(a) In general. An individual shall not be denied any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law by a component because of such individual's refusal to disclose his social security number.
(b) Exceptions. The provisions of paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply with respect to:
(1) Any disclosure which is required by Federal statute, or
(2) The disclosure of a social security number to any Federal, State, or local agency maintaining a system of records in existence and operating before January 1, 1975, if such disclosure was required under statute or regulation adopted prior to such date to verify the identity of an individual.
(c) Requests for disclosure of social security number. Any component which requests an individual to disclose his or her social security account number shall inform that individual whether:
(1) Disclosure is mandatory or voluntary.
(2) By what statutory or other authority such number is solicited, and