What Information Do You Need to Provide to Get a Social Security Number?


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Adult applicants for a Social Security number must submit documents that prove United States citizenship, age and identity. If seeking a number for a child, the parent must submit a birth record for the Social Security Administration to verify, unless the parent applies at the hospital when the childbirth occurs.

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Original or certified U.S. birth certificates and U.S. passports are acceptable proof of citizenship. Applicants may present a valid birth certificate to prove age. If no birth certificate exists, the Social Security Administration may accept a U.S. birth record from a hospital or a U.S. passport.

Proof of identify may be established with a U.S. driver's license, a state identification card or a U.S. passport. In some situations, the Social Security Administration may consider an employee or an identification card, health insurance card or a U.S. military identification card. Documents must be valid and display name, age, date of birth and a recent photograph.

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