Marriage license; marriage record prepared includes portion of social security number of each party. (HB729)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marriage license. Requires that the marriage record prepared by the clerk in issuing a marriage license include the social security number of each party if such number has been issued to the party by the Social Security Administration. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081653716
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2008Read first time
02/06/2008Passed by for the day
02/07/2008Read second time
02/07/2008Amendment by Delegate Scott, E.T. agreed to
02/07/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB729E
02/07/2008Printed as engrossed 081653716-E
02/08/2008Read third time and passed House (86-Y 13-N)
02/08/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (86-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2008Communicated to Senate
02/11/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/18/2008Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N)


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

We already have trouble with people accessing court records to steal SSN's and other identifiers for criminal purposes. What possible rationale could there be (sufficient to override federal law prohibiting SSN requirements by state/local agencies) for requiring a SSN on a marriage license.

Even if, as I suspect, this is viewed as a way to keep people not lawfully present from getting married in Virginia, the fact is that there are any number of people lawfully in the US who won't have SSN's, like, for example, an international couple who believes our state slogan (Virginia is for Lovers) and comes here to get married in a destination wedding.

This bill will result in a potential compromise of our privacy without a corresponding benefit, and it should be defeated.

Jeff Cornejo writes:

I fail to see what this bill would accomplish. People are trying to move away from providing their social security number as an identifier and the DOJ continues to support this position.

Section 7 of the Privacy Act (found at 5 U.S.C. § 552a note (Disclosure of Social Security Number)) provides that:

"It shall be unlawful for any Federal, State or local government agency to deny to any individual any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law because of such individual's refusal to disclose his social security account number." Sec. 7(a)(1).