by Christopher Freeburn | September 19, 2013 11:23 am
A woman is fighting the Social Security Administration over the length of her name.
When Genevieve Catlyn Williamson Heidenreich attempted to get her full married name on her Social Security Card, a representative of the agency told her that the law limits the amount of characters allowed for first, middle and last names. Williamson Heidenreich’s name exceeded those limits, California’s KXTV News 10 notes.
According to a statement issued by the Social Security Administration, the character counts allotted for names in federal databases are constrained by standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under law. Those standards permit a maximum of 16 characters for both first and middle names, and a maximum of 21 characters for last names.
Williamson Heidenreich contends that the agency could simply change its software to print names in a smaller font. She also argues that many recent immigrants from countries where long names are common must be facing similar issues.
While millions of retired Americans rely on monthly Social Security payments, the system is facing looming financial problems that could threaten its existence in the long term.
The optimal age at which people should opt to start taking social security often depends on personal circumstances.
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