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Registration Verification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000076379D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Turk, TA: AUTHOR

Abstract

A system is described for cross-checking the registration of an item having a serial number and the bearer of the registration card for that Item. Such a system may be used, for example, in connection with the New York Sullivan law which requires registration of handguns.

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Registration Verification

A system is described for cross-checking the registration of an item having a serial number and the bearer of the registration card for that Item. Such a system may be used, for example, in connection with the New York Sullivan law which requires registration of handguns.

Assume that Jonathan Doe, having Social Security number 505-20-9654 has registered a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver having serial number 398524. The revolver is registered August 27, 1971 and a registration card is provided the registrant as proof of the registration to him of the specific firearm.

Information on the card 1 is partially visible and partially magnetically recorded on magnetic strips 2 and 3.

The visually embossed portion is the first three digits (398) of the serial number, and the registration date 08 27 71. The first three digits of the serial number are embossed on the card so the owner can associate the correct card with the corresponding pistol, in the event that he owns more than one. The remainder of the serial number (524) is placed on the magnetic strip 2, followed by the manufacturer's name or code to prevent card counterfeiting.

The last six digits of the Social Security number (20-9654) are placed on magnetic strip 3. The first three digits of the Social Security number must be given by the registrant to the interrogator upon request. This restricts use of the card to only the person assigned that particular number. The date of registration is visibly embossed on the card for the interrogators information and the registrant, for example, in case periodic registration is required. the full Social Security number and date of registration are placed in a file in Social Security number sequence. The registrant...