Social Security Number (SSN) is a nine-digit number meant to identify U.S citizens, temporary workers and permanent residents. The primary purpose of the social security number is track individuals in the U.S for social security insurance.
Under the Social Security Act passed in 1935 the retired, unemployed, disabled persons, children and families with dependents are entitled to social security insurance. The social security insurance is financed by percentage of taxes paid to the IRS. Social Security Administration is a special government agency tasked with mandate of issuing a social security number to an individual.
Prior to 1986, social security numbers were not need until one reached the age of 14. Today, parents can apply for a SSN for their children after they get their birth certificate. Although the law does not require you to have a social security number, you may need one to enjoy social benefits and many agencies require your SSN for identification purposes. Our ID cards are used in the issuing of social security cards.
If you have lost yours here is how to get a social security card without id. The following documents can be used to prove as a form of identification.
U.S birth certificate
The birth certificate is used to ascertain that you are an American citizen. Normally, a birth certificate is issued after birth of the child and is kept by our parents. Social security card replacements can be applied for online.
You can get a copy of your birth certificate by visiting the hospital you were born in. The birth certificate is used to confirm our details and has our parents details which are vital in preventing identity theft. You will be required to provide one of the following documents along with your birth certificate.
- U.S driver’s license – A driver’s license can be used to prove your details and your identity. If the details are different or the driver’s license has expired, visiting the DMV will reissue you with a new valid one.
- U.S passport – Your U.S passport together with the birth certificate are used in proving your details. A valid passport will be required by your local social security office.
- U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad – U.S citizens who were born abroad can use this certificate to prove that they are citizens and can be issued with a social security card.
- Certificate of Citizenship – Those who attained U.S citizenship recently can use their certificate of citizenship along with their ID cards to get a social security card.
- School Identity Card – Your school’s ID might be used in the process of getting a social security card along with the year’s transcript.
- U.S military identification – Your military identification documents are used in proving your identity by social security services.
- Life Insurance Policy – Insurance agencies heavily scrutinize our identities so as to prevent insurance fraud. A copy of your insurance policy is used to prove your identity by the Social Security services.
- Employee badge or card – Employment institutions will ask for your SSN before employing you for tax purposes. Thus your employment card is used to prove your identity.
The local social security office will ask original copies of the above documents and the will be mailed back along with a receipt. Be sure to check out this article regarding what to do when you lose your social security card.