If you need to get a new Social Security card or apply for your Social Security Number (SSN), this article will give you the basics. There are several methods that you can use to apply, depending on your circumstances. Irrespective of how you apply, you will need to submit your application to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The process for applying for a Social Security Card or a Social Security number is similar as your number is actually printed on your card.
The process of applying for a Social Security Number for foreigners or for your dependents is a bit different from the standard process. This is especially true if you are applying for a Social Security Number for a child who was born in the United States. Nevertheless, it is valuable to understand how these procedures work.
Where do I apply for a Social Security Number?
When you are ready to apply for a Social Security card, you can do so at a local Social Security Office. You can find a directory of these offices on this site. If you live in the United States or one of its territories, visit or call Social Security office and submit your application with a program official. If you expecting a child you can apply for your unborn child’s SSN at the hospital when you give birth.
However, if for whatever reason, you don’t apply for an SSN at the hospital you still apply for your child at a Social Security office. If your child is a U.S. citizen born abroad, you can apply for his or her Social Security card at a U.S. embassy.
What if I am not a US Citizen?
Perhaps you are asking yourself, “How do I apply for a Social Security Number if my child and I are not U.S. citizens?” This process is different than what we have described above. First, figure out if you have an immigration status that permits you to apply for an SSN. You can only receive a Social Security card if you possess specific types of visas or a residency card.
What to Bring When You Apply for a Social Security Number
To apply for a Social Security number or card, you must have several documents ready to submit with your application. You will need proof of:
- Citizenship. U.S. passport or birth certificate.
- Age. U.S. passport or hospital record.
- Identity. State-issued driver’s license or ID card.
Can you apply for a Social Security card online?
Applying for a Social Security card or number online is not available for first time applicants. If you have never received an Social Security card before, you may apply for an SSN online. Instead, you must file your request through your local Social Security office. Depending on your residence, you may be able to request a new or replacement Social Security card online. Keep in mind, this option is available on a state-by-state basis.
How much does it cost to get a new Social Security card?
There is no Social Security card fee to request a new cad. You can apply for an Social Security Number at no cost. This is true regardless of how you choose to submit your application to the SSA.
How long does it take to get a new Social Security card?
Wait times can and will vary, depending on the time it takes for you to submit the necessary forms. Once your application process is complete and approved, you can expect to receive your Social Security card within 10 to 14 business days.