APPLYING FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
1. Form SS-5. An individual needing a social security number may apply for one by filing a signed form SS-5, “Application for A Social Security Number Card,” at any social security office and submitting the required evidence. The address of the nearest district office or branch office can be obtained from the local telephone directory or from the post office.

Upon request, the social security office may distribute a quantity of form SS-5 applications to labor unions, employers, or other representative organizations. An individual outside the United States may apply for a social security number card at the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Manila, Philippines, at any U.S. foreign service post, or at a U.S. military post outside the United States. Additionally, a U.S. resident may apply for a social security number for a nonresident dependent when the number is necessary for U.S. tax purposes or some other valid reason, the evidence requirements of ß422.107 are met, and we determine that a personal interview with the dependent is not required. Form SS-5 may be obtained at:

  i) Any local social security office;
  ii) The Social Security Administration, 300 N. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201;
  iii) U.S. Postal Service offices (except the main office in cities having a social security office);
  iv) U.S. Employment Service offices in cities which do not have a social security office;
  v) The Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Manila, Philippines;
  vi) Any U.S. foreign service post; and
  vii) U.S. military posts outside the U.S.
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Immigration form. SSA may enter into an agreement with the Department of State (DOS) and the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) to assist SSA by collecting enumeration data as part of the immigration process. Where an agreement is in effect, an alien need not complete a Form SS-5 with SSA and may request, through DOS or BCIS, as part of the immigration process, that SSA assign a social security number and issue a social security number card to him/her. Requests for SSNs to be assigned via this process will be made on forms provided by DOS and BCIS.

How numbers are assigned—Request on form SS-5. If the applicant has completed a form SS-5, the social security office, the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Manila, Philippines, the U.S. foreign service post, or the U.S. military post outside the United States that receives the completed form SS-5 will require the applicant to furnish documentary evidence, as necessary, to assist SSA in establishing the age, U.S. citizenship or alien status, true identity, and previously assigned social security number(s), if any, of the applicant. A personal interview may be required of the applicant.

EVIDENCE REQUIREMENTS:
a) vidence of age. An applicant for an original social security number is required to submit convincing evidence of age. Examples of the types of evidence which may be submitted are a birth certificate, a religious record showing age or date of birth, a hospital record of birth, or a passport.
b) Evidence of identity. An applicant for an original social security number or a duplicate or corrected social security number card is required to submit convincing documentary evidence of identity. Documentary evidence of identity may consist of a driver’s license, identity card, school record, medical record, marriage record, passport, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services document, or other similar document serving to identify the individual. It is preferable that the document contain the applicant’s signature for comparison with her or his signature on the application for a social security number. A birth record is not sufficient evidence to establish identity.
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Evidence of alien status. When a person who is not a U.S. citizen applies for an original social security number or a duplicate or corrected social security number card, she or he is required to submit, as evidence of alien status, a current document issued by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services in accordance with that agency’s regulations. The document must show that the applicant has been lawfully admitted to the United States, either for permanent residence or under authority of law permitting him or her to work in the United States, or that the applicant’s alien status has changed so that it is lawful for him or her to work. A nonimmigrant alien shall be presumed to have permission to engage in employment if the alien presents a Form I-94 issued by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) that reflects a classification permitting work. If the applicant fails to submit such a document, a social security number card will not be issued. If the applicant submits an unexpired Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services document(s) which shows current authorization to work, a social security number will be assigned or verified and a card which can be used for work will be issued.

After review of the documentary evidence, the completed form SS-5 is forwarded or data from the SS-5 is transmitted to SSA’s central office in Baltimore, Md., where the data is electronically screened against SSA’s files. If the applicant requests evidence to show that he or she has filed an application for a social security number card, a receipt or equivalent document may be furnished. If the electronic screening or other investigation does not disclose a previously assigned number, SSA’s central office assigns a number and issues a social security number card. If investigation discloses a previously assigned number for the applicant, a duplicate social security number card is issued.

4. Request on immigration document. Where an alien has requested a social security number as part of the immigration process, BCIS will electronically transmit to SSA’s central office in Baltimore, MD, the data elements collected for immigration purposes, by both INS and DOS, that SSA needs to assign the alien a social security number along with other data elements as agreed upon by SSA and DOS or INS. The data elements received by SSA will be used to establish the age, identity, and lawful alien status or authority to work of the alien. Using this data, SSA will assign a social security number to the alien and send the social security number card to him/her at the address the alien provides to DOS or INS (or to the sponsoring agency of a refugee, if no personal mailing address is available).
5. Social security number cards. A person who is assigned a social security number will receive a social security number card from SSA within a reasonable time after the number has been assigned. Social security number cards are the property of SSA and must be returned upon request.
6. Replacement of social security number card. In the case of a lost or damaged social security number card, a duplicate card bearing the same name and number may be issued. In the case of a need to change the name on the card, a corrected card bearing the same number and the new name may be issued. In both cases, a Form SS-5 must be completed.