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.
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.