Social Security Card
The Social Security Card is an important document as it contains the Social Security Number on it, as SSN is a number which helps you in getting a loan, opening a bank account, getting your Social Security benefits. The Social Security Number has become a de facto national identification number, but the Social Security Card cannot be used for identification purposes as it does not contain any photograph or birth date.
You may not need to show the card anywhere, but you need to keep it in a safe place with important documents because it may come handy in case of an identity theft. So make sure that once you get your Social Security card, just save it up properly.
In order to get a Social Security Card you will need to fill Form SS-5 and fill it duly with all the correct information.
The original documents you will need for applying for acquiring a Social Security Card are as follows:
You will need to provide a U.S. Birth Certificate or a U.S. Passport to prove your citizenship status, if you are applying as a U.S. born citizen.
You must present your birth certificate. If you do not have a birth certificate, then you maybe also provide.
• A religious record showing your date of birth made before the age of 5.
• U.S. Hospital record of the birth
• U.S. Passport
You will also be needed to give an interview in person at the headquarters. They officers will make sure that you already do not have a Social Security Card.
Certain documents will be accepted as proof of identity. The document should be current (not expired) and it should show your name, identifying information, with date of birth or age and preferably a recent photograph. Examples can be:
• U.S. Driver’s License
• State Issued non-driving identification card, or
• U.S. Passport
If you do not have these documents then the following documents can be submitted:
• Employee Identification card
• School Identification card
• Health insurance card, or
• U.S. Military Identification card
After having attached the photocopies which should be properly attested by officials by the originals, the form can either be mailed to the office of the Social Security Administration or you can submit it yourself.
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