Form SS-5-FS Application for a Social Security Card

Form SS-5-FS is a U.S. Social Security Administration form also known as the "Application For A Social Security Card". The latest edition of the form was released in September 1, 2018 and is available for digital filing.

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Form SS-5-FS (09-2018) UF
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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Application for a Social Security Card
Applying for a Social Security Card is free!
USE THIS APPLICATION TO:
• Apply for an original Social Security card
• Apply for a replacement Social Security card
• Change or correct information on your Social Security number record
IMPORTANT: You MUST provide a properly completed application and the required evidence before
we can process your application. We can only accept original documents or documents certified by the
custodian of the original record. Notarized copies or photocopies which have not been certified by the
custodian of the record are not acceptable. We will return any documents submitted with your
application. For assistance, contact any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit. For a
complete list of Federal Benefits Units and contact information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign.
Original Social Security Card
To apply for an original card, you must provide at least two documents to prove age, identity, and U.S.
citizenship or current lawful, work-authorized immigration status. If you are not a U.S. citizen and do
not have Department of Homeland Security (DHS) work authorization, you must prove that you have a
valid non-work reason for requesting a card. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
NOTE: If you are age 12 or older and have never received a Social Security number, you must apply in
person.
Replacement Social Security Card
To apply for a replacement card, you must provide one document to prove your identity. If you were
born outside the U.S., you must also provide documents to prove your U.S. citizenship or current lawful,
work-authorized status. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
Changing Information on Your Social Security Record
To change the information on your Social Security number record (i.e., a name or citizenship change,
or corrected date of birth), you must provide documents to prove your identity, support the requested
change, and establish the reason for the change. For example, you may provide a birth certificate to
show your correct date of birth. A document supporting a name change must be recent and identify
you by both your old and new names. If the name change event occurred over two years ago or if the
name change document does not have enough information to prove your identity, you must also
provide documents to prove your identity in your prior name and/or in some cases your new legal
name. If you were born outside the U.S., you must provide a document to prove your U.S. citizenship
or current lawful, work-authorized status. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
LIMITS ON REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS
Public Law 108-458 limits the number of replacement Social Security cards you may receive to 3 per
calendar year and 10 in a lifetime. Cards issued to reflect changes to your legal name or changes to a
work authorization legend do not count toward these limits. We may also grant exceptions to these
limits if you provide evidence from an official source to establish that a Social Security card is required.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
If you have any questions about this form or about the evidence documents you must provide, please
contact any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit. For a complete list of Federal
Benefits Units and contact information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign.
Form SS-5-FS (09-2018) UF
Page 1 of 5
Discontinue Prior Editions
OMB No. 0960-0066
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Application for a Social Security Card
Applying for a Social Security Card is free!
USE THIS APPLICATION TO:
• Apply for an original Social Security card
• Apply for a replacement Social Security card
• Change or correct information on your Social Security number record
IMPORTANT: You MUST provide a properly completed application and the required evidence before
we can process your application. We can only accept original documents or documents certified by the
custodian of the original record. Notarized copies or photocopies which have not been certified by the
custodian of the record are not acceptable. We will return any documents submitted with your
application. For assistance, contact any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit. For a
complete list of Federal Benefits Units and contact information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign.
Original Social Security Card
To apply for an original card, you must provide at least two documents to prove age, identity, and U.S.
citizenship or current lawful, work-authorized immigration status. If you are not a U.S. citizen and do
not have Department of Homeland Security (DHS) work authorization, you must prove that you have a
valid non-work reason for requesting a card. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
NOTE: If you are age 12 or older and have never received a Social Security number, you must apply in
person.
Replacement Social Security Card
To apply for a replacement card, you must provide one document to prove your identity. If you were
born outside the U.S., you must also provide documents to prove your U.S. citizenship or current lawful,
work-authorized status. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
Changing Information on Your Social Security Record
To change the information on your Social Security number record (i.e., a name or citizenship change,
or corrected date of birth), you must provide documents to prove your identity, support the requested
change, and establish the reason for the change. For example, you may provide a birth certificate to
show your correct date of birth. A document supporting a name change must be recent and identify
you by both your old and new names. If the name change event occurred over two years ago or if the
name change document does not have enough information to prove your identity, you must also
provide documents to prove your identity in your prior name and/or in some cases your new legal
name. If you were born outside the U.S., you must provide a document to prove your U.S. citizenship
or current lawful, work-authorized status. See page 2 for an explanation of acceptable documents.
LIMITS ON REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS
Public Law 108-458 limits the number of replacement Social Security cards you may receive to 3 per
calendar year and 10 in a lifetime. Cards issued to reflect changes to your legal name or changes to a
work authorization legend do not count toward these limits. We may also grant exceptions to these
limits if you provide evidence from an official source to establish that a Social Security card is required.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
If you have any questions about this form or about the evidence documents you must provide, please
contact any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit. For a complete list of Federal
Benefits Units and contact information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/foreign.
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EVIDENCE DOCUMENTS
The following lists are examples of the types of documents you must provide with your application and
are not all inclusive. Contact any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit if you cannot
provide these documents.
IMPORTANT: If you are completing this application on behalf of someone else, you must provide
evidence that shows your authority to sign the application as well as documents to prove your
identity and the identity of the person for whom you are filing the application. We can only
accept original documents or documents certified by the custodian of the original record.
Notarized copies or photocopies which have not been certified by the custodian of the record are
not acceptable. Visit any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit and they will
make certified copies of your original documents. Do not mail your original documents to the
Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland.
Evidence of Age
In general, you must provide your birth certificate. In some situations, we may accept another document
that shows your age. Some of the other documents we may accept are:
• U.S. hospital record of your birth (created at the time of birth)
• Religious record established before age five showing your age or date of birth
• Passport
• Final Adoption Decree (the adoption decree must show that the birth information was taken from
the original birth certificate)
Evidence of Identity
You must provide current, unexpired evidence of identity in your legal name. Your legal name will be
shown on the Social Security card. Generally, we prefer to see documents issued in the U.S.
Documents you submit to establish identity must show your legal name AND provide biographical
information (your date of birth, age, or parents' names) and/or physical information (photograph, or
physical description - height, eye and hair color, etc.). If you send a photo identity document but do not
appear in person, the document must show your biographical information (e.g., your date of birth, age,
or parents' names). Generally, documents without an expiration date should have been issued within
the past two years for adults and within the past four
years for children.
As proof of your identity, you must provide a:
• U.S. driver's license; or
• U.S. State-issued non-driver identity card;
• or U.S. passport
If you do not have one of the documents above or cannot get a replacement within 10 work days, we
may accept other documents that show your legal name and biographical information, such as a U.S.
military identity card, Certificate of Naturalization, employee identity card, certified copy of medical
record (clinic, doctor or hospital), health insurance card, Medicaid card, or school identity card/record.
For young children, we may accept medical records (clinic, doctor, or hospital) maintained by the
medical provider. We may also accept a final adoption decree, or a school identity card or other school
record maintained by the school.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, we must see your current U.S. immigration document(s), your foreign
passport, foreign driver's license or foreign ID card with biographical information or photograph.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HOSPITAL SOUVENIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE,
SOCIAL SECURITY CARD STUB, OR A SOCIAL SECURITY RECORD as evidence of identity.
Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
In general, you must provide your U.S. birth certificate or U.S. Passport. Other documents you may
provide are a Consular Report of Birth, Certificate of Citizenship, or Certificate of Naturalization.
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Evidence of Immigration Status
You must provide a current unexpired document issued to you by the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) showing your immigration status, such as Form I-551, I-94, or I-766. If you are an international
student or exchange visitor, you may need to provide additional documents, such as Form I-20,
DS-2019, or a letter authorizing employment from your school and employer (F-1) or sponsor (J-1). We
CANNOT accept a receipt showing you applied for the document. If you are not authorized to work in
the U.S., we can issue you a Social Security card only if you need the number for a valid non-work
reason. Your card will be marked to show you cannot work and if you do work, we will notify DHS. See
item 5 for more information.
HOW TO COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION
Complete and sign this application LEGIBLY using ONLY black or blue ink on the attached or
downloaded form using only 8 ½” x 11” (or A4, 8.25” x 11.7”) paper.
GENERAL: Items on the form are self-explanatory or are discussed below. The numbers match the
numbered items on the form. If you are completing this form for someone else, please complete the
items as they apply to that person.
4. Show the month, day, and full (4 digit) year of birth; for example, “1998” for year of birth.
5. If you check “Legal Alien Not Allowed to Work” or “Other,” you must provide a document from a U.S.
Federal, State, or local government agency that explains why you need a Social Security number and
that you meet all the requirements for the U.S. government benefit. NOTE: Most agencies do not
require that you have a Social Security number. Contact us to see if your reason qualifies for a
Social Security number.
6., 7. Providing race and ethnicity information is voluntary and is requested for informational and
statistical purposes only. Your choice whether to answer or not does not affect decisions we make
on your application. If you do provide this information, we will treat it very carefully.
9.B.,10.B. If you are applying for an original Social Security card for a child under age 18, you MUST
show the parents' Social Security numbers unless the parent was never assigned a Social
Security number. If the number is not known and you cannot obtain it, check the
“unknown” box.
13. If the date of birth you show in item 4 is different from the date of birth currently shown on your
Social Security record, show the date of birth currently shown on your record in item 13 and provide
evidence to support the date of birth shown in item 4.
16. Show an address where you can receive your card.
17. WHO CAN SIGN THE APPLICATION? If you are age 18 or older and are physically and mentally
capable of reading and completing the application, you must sign in item 17. If you are under age
18, you may either sign yourself, or a parent or legal guardian may sign for you. If you are over age
18 and cannot sign on your own behalf, generally a legal guardian, parent, or close relative may sign
for you. If you cannot sign your name, you should sign with an "X” mark and have two people sign as
witnesses in the space beside the mark. Please do not alter your signature by including additional
information on the signature line as this may invalidate your application. Contact us if you have
questions about who may sign your application.
HOW TO SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION
You can mail this signed application or take this signed application with your documents to any U.S.
Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit. If you are a military dependent or a U.S. citizen
working on a U.S. military post, you may also go to the Post Adjutant or Personnel Office. If you do not
want to mail your original documents, take them along with this application to one of the offices listed
above. The people there will make certified copies of your original documents and mail them to the
Social Security Administration along with this application. Do not mail your original documents to the
Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland.
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PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND CARD
Protect your SSN card and number from loss and identity theft. DO NOT carry your SSN card with you.
Keep it in a secure location and only take it with you when you must show the card; e.g., to obtain a new
job, open a new bank account, or to obtain benefits from certain U.S. agencies. Use caution in giving out
your Social Security number to others, particularly during phone, mail, email and Internet requests you did
not initiate.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
Collection and Use of Personal Information
Sections 205(c) and 702 of the Social Security Act, as amended, authorize us to collect this
information. The information you provide will be used to assign you a Social Security number and issue
a Social Security card.
The information you furnish on this form is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested
information may prevent us from issuing you a Social Security number and card.
We rarely use the information you supply for any purpose other than for issuing a Social Security
number and card. However, we may use it for the administration and integrity of Social Security
programs. We may also disclose information to another person or to another agency in accordance with
approved routine uses, which include but are not limited to the following:
1. To enable a third party or an agency to assist Social Security in establishing rights to Social
Security benefits and/or coverage;
2. To comply with Federal laws requiring the release of information from Social Security records
(e.g., to the Government Accountability Office and Department of Veterans' Affairs);
3. To make determinations for eligibility in similar health and income maintenance programs at
the Federal, State, and local level; and
4. To facilitate statistical research, audit or investigative activities necessary to assure the
integrity of Social Security programs.
We may also use the information you provide in computer matching programs. Matching programs
compare our records with records kept by other Federal, State, or local government agencies.
Information from these matching programs can be used to establish or verify a person's eligibility for
Federally-funded or administered benefit programs and for repayment of payments or delinquent debts
under these programs.
Complete lists of routine uses for this information are available in System of Records Notice 60-0058
(Master Files of Social Security Number (SSN) Holders and SSN Applications). The Notice, additional
information regarding this form, and information regarding our systems and programs, are available on-
line at
www.socialsecurity.gov
or at any U.S. Social Security office or your Federal Benefits Unit.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement:
This information collection meets the requirements of 44 U.S.C.
§3507, as amended by Section 2 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. You do not need to answer
these questions unless we display a valid Office of Management and Budget control number. We
estimate that it will take about 8.5 to 9.5 minutes to read the instructions, gather the facts, and answer
the questions. You may send comments on our time estimate to: SSA, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore,
MD 21235-6401. Send only comments relating to our time estimate to this address, not the
completed form.
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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Application for a Social Security Card
First
Full Middle Name
Last
NAME
TO BE SHOWN ON CARD
First
Full Middle Name
Last
1
FULL NAME AT BIRTH
IF OTHER THAN ABOVE
OTHER NAMES USED
Social Security number previously assigned to the person
2
listed in item 1
PLACE
Office
DATE
Use
OF BIRTH
3
4
OF
Only
(Do Not
BIRTH
City
State or Foreign Country
FCI
Abbreviate)
MM/DD/YYYY
CITIZENSHIP
U.S.
Legal Alien
Legal Alien Not Allowed To Work
Other (See Instructions
5
Citizen
Allowed To Work
(See Instructions On Page 3)
On Page 3)
(Check One)
Native
American
Other Pacific
ETHNICITY
RACE
Hawaiian
Indian
Islander
Are You Hispanic or Latino?
Select One or More
6
7
Alaska
Black/African
White
(Your Response is
(Your Response
Native
American
Voluntary)
Yes
No
Asian
is Voluntary)
8
SEX
Male
Female
First
Full Middle Name
Last
A. PARENT/ MOTHER'S
NAME AT HER BIRTH
9
B. PARENT/ MOTHER'S SOCIAL SECURITY
Unknown
NUMBER
(See instructions for 9 B on Page 3)
First
Full Middle Name
Last
A. PARENT/ FATHER'S
NAME
10
B. PARENT/ FATHER'S SOCIAL SECURITY
Unknown
NUMBER
(See instructions for 10B on Page 3)
Has the person listed in item 1 or anyone acting on his/her behalf ever filed for or received a Social Security number
11
card before?
Yes (If "yes" answer questions 12-13)
No
Don't Know (If "don't know," skip to question 14.)
First
Full Middle Name
Last
Name shown on the most recent Social Security
12
card issued for the person listed in item 1
13
Enter any different date of birth if used on an earlier application for a card
MM/DD/YYYY
TODAY'S
DAYTIME PHONE
14
15
DATE
NUMBER
MM/DD/YYYY
Area Code
Number
Street Address, Apt. No., PO Box, Rural Route No.
MAILING ADDRESS
16
City
State/Foreign Country
ZIP Code
(Do Not Abbreviate)
I declare under penalty of perjury that I have examined all the information on this form, and on any
accompanying statements or forms, and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
YOUR SIGNATURE
YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE PERSON IN ITEM 1 IS:
17
18
Natural Or
Legal
Other
Self
Adoptive
Guardian
(Specify)
Parent
DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE (FOR SSA USE ONLY)
NPN
DOC
NTI
CAN
ITV
PBC
EVI
EVA
EVC
PRA
NWR
DNR
UNIT
SIGNATURE AND TITLE OF EMPLOYEE(S)
EVIDENCE SUBMITTED
REVIEWING EVIDENCE AND/OR
CONDUCTING INTERVIEW
DATE
DCL
DATE

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