Considering how flimsy your Social Security card is, laminating it seems like the most responsible course of action to keep it from slowly deteriorating as decades pass. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), however, you absolutely shouldn’t. (If your Social Security card was issued before 1983, it may not have built-in security measures, but you still shouldn't laminate it due to the potential for the ID problems noted below.) For anyone who laminated their Social Security card before stumbling upon this article, don’t worry too much—it’s not illegal. If that happens, you might have to call the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which has directed HR staff to accept a laminated Social Security card on at least two occasions in recent years.