What Type of Identification Do You Need When Applying for a Social Security Card?

What Type of Identification Do You Need When Applying for a Social Security Card?

What Type of Identification Do You Need When Applying for a Social Security Card?

The Social Security Administration accepts U.S. driver's licenses, U.S. Passports and state-issued identification cards as valid forms of identification from persons applying for Social Security cards. The SSA also requires that applicants provide proof of U.S. citizenship with a U.S. passport or a U.S. birth certificate.

For replacement Social Security cards, the SSA may also accept marriage licenses or divorce decrees. Such documentation must be an original or a certified copy of the legal document. The administration stresses that photocopies and notarized documents are not acceptable for identification purposes.

In addition to providing the above forms of identification, applicants must fill out an application and submit it by mail or physically at a Social Security Administration office.