How Do You Get Your SSN?

To get a new or replacement Social Security number card, it is necessary to fill out an application; show documentation that is required to prove identity, age and citizenship status; and visit a local branch of the Social Security Administration or mail the application and supporting documents to a local branch. Parents requesting cards for their children need to provide documentation of birth and fill out an application.

Before a number card is issued, certain documents must be presented with the application. Documents submitted must be originals or certified copies; photocopies or notarized copies are not acceptable. Proof of U.S. citizenship and age are documented with a birth certificate or passport. Age can also be documented using a hospital record of birth or a religious record made before age 5. Identity documentation are provided by the applicant in the form of a valid U.S. driver's license, a state-issued ID card or a passport. School or employee ID cards, health insurance cards and military IDs can also be used to document identity. It is important to note that at least two separate documents must be used to validate age, identity and citizenship. For example, a U.S. passport can be used to document identity and citizenship, but not age too.