Marchant Introduces Legislation Protecting Children from Identity Theft

Washington – Today, U.S. Congressmen Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) introduced the Social Security Child Protection Act (HR 1512). The legislation allows the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue a new Social Security Number (SSN) to children age 13 and under who have had their SSN stolen due to inadvertent disclosure.

“Child identity theft is a serious problem in our nation and current policy does not do enough to protect our children and grandchildren,” said Marchant. “A child’s identity is valuable to criminals because these crimes often go undiscovered until a child is old enough to work, drive, or establish credit. There can be serious consequences if a child’s Social Security Number is stolen or falls into the wrong hands. The Social Security Child Protection Act is a proactive solution to this problem. That is exactly what’s needed to protect our children and bring relief to families whose lives have been upended by child identity theft.”

“Protecting our children now from identity theft can prevent future financial heartache,” said Congressman Doggett. “This legislation takes an important step by working with the Social Security Administration to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors are kept safe from potential financial hardships.”

Marchant previously introduced this legislation after a family in his district had the Social Security card of their newborn child stolen out of their mailbox. The thief was a convicted felon with a history of forgery, credit card abuse, and identity theft. Upon being informed by the family, Marchant’s office set out to help secure the child a new SSN but was met with resistance due to the rigidity of existing SSA policy.