Applying for a Social Security Number for the Child

The documents required for a Social Security number depend on the situation. Please follow the instructions below regarding the type of application you are submitting. IMPORTANT NOTE: All applications for original cards have additional requirements, which delay the process and take about 3-4 months.

How do I apply for an original first time Social Security number for myself or my child age 12 or older?

All applicants over the age of 12 must appear in person. It is important you follow all instructions and complete all actions listed below before you schedule an on line appointment  When we schedule the appointment you will receive an official email confirming the date and time.

You must bring your original documents plus one photocopy of each document to your appointment.

It is very rare for a U.S. citizen above the age of 12 not to have been assigned a Social Security number. The most common reason for such an occurrence is a child born in the U.S. who moved abroad while very young.

1.) You must submit original plus one photocopy of documents to prove the allegation of absence from the U.S. as the reason a Social Security number was never assigned. The documentation must be comprehensive and date from the time the person departed the U.S. to the present to provide sufficient evidence.

The documentation can include:

  • School records such as report cards or a letter from the school confirming dates of attendance
  • Travel documents such as current or canceled passports (U.S. or other)
  • Employment records
  • Medical records
  • Proof of registration with a doctor or clinic

2.) Download, complete, and sign the Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF – 207KB). All questions must be answered and legible. Please type or print the answers.

3.) Provide the following original documents plus one photocopy of each document to prove age, citizenship, identity, and identity of parent signing the application if child under age 12.

Proof of Your Age (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. birth certificate along with a completed Form SSA- L706 (PDF – 213KB). It must be signed and submitted, along with the application and other documentation. This allows the Social Security Administration to verify the birth record with the custodian of the record
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)

Proof of U.S. citizenship (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. birth certificate, or U.S. Passport (unexpired)
  • Original Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate

Proof of identity (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. passport, unexpired and signed
  • Original foreign passport, unexpired and signed
  • Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application, if applicable – a parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form above age 12. (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)
    • U.S. or foreign passport, unexpired and signed
    • Driver’s License
    • Country or national I.D. Card with a current photo

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How do I apply for a Social Security number for my child under age 12?

Applicants under age 12 applying for Social Security cards must MAIL their applications along with the ORIGINAL required documents to the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem via courier service and we will return their documents via courier service.

To apply for a Social Security number for a child under age 12, the following steps are required;

1.) Download, complete, and sign the Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF – 207KB). All questions must be answered and legible. Please type or print the answers.

Send ONE of the following original plus a copy

  • Original U.S. birth certificate. If you do not have the U.S. birth certificate, complete Form SSA- L706(PDF – 220KB). It must be signed and submitted, along with the application and other documentation. This allows the Social Security Administration to verify the birth record with the custodian of the record.
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)

Proof of U.S. citizenship (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. birth certificate, or U.S. Passport (unexpired)
  • Original Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate

Proof of identity (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. passport, unexpired and signed
  • Original foreign passport, unexpired and signed

Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application, if applicable – a parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form above age 12. (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • U.S. or foreign passport, unexpired and signed
  • Driver’s License
  • Country or national I.D. Card with a current photo

I have lost or misplaced my Social Security Card; do I need to replace the card?

Applicants of any age applying for a replacement Social Security cards must MAIL their applications along with the ORIGINAL required documents to the Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem via courier service and we will return their documents via courier service.

A Social Security Card itself is not needed. Knowing your number is what is important. All employers, financial institutions, educational institutions, the Internal Revenue Service etc. always verify the Social Security number with the Social Security Administration, regardless of whether or not a Social Security Card is presented. In part, the reason for this is the possibility of altered or fraudulent Social Security Cards being presented.

If you need the actual Social Security Card, to obtain a replacement card:

  • Download, complete, and sign the Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS(PDF – 207KB). All questions must be answered and legible. Please type or print the answers.
  • Provide the following original documents, plus one copy of the documents.

Proof of identity (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original U.S. passport, unexpired and signed
  • Original foreign passport, unexpired and signed

Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application, if applicable – a parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form above age 12. (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • U.S. or foreign passport, unexpired and signed
  • Driver’s License
  • Country or national I.D. Card with a current photo

I have a Social Security number, but do not remember the number. How can I find out my Social Security number?

You must apply for a replacement card following instructions in answer 3  above.

I have married or divorced and need to change my name on my Social Security records, how do I do that?

To change your name on your Social Security records the following steps are required:

1.) Download, complete, and sign the Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF – 207KB). All questions must be answered and legible. Please type or print the answers.

2.) Provide the following original documents, plus one copy of the documents.

Proof of the name change (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

If the marriage, divorce certificate, or legal name change document are less than 2 years old and contains biographical data such as date of birth or age of applicant, submit the original document.

If the marriage, divorce certificate, or legal name change document is over 2 years old or does not contain biographical data such as a date of birth or age, you must also submit proof of identity in your OLD name. If you have no identification in your old name, you must write a statement as to why you do not have such proof of identity and submit proof of identity in your NEW name.

Proof of identity in old name, as required (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • Original current or expired U.S. passport, must be signed
  • Original Driver’s License
  • Original current or expired U.S. military identification
  • Proof of identity in new name, as required

Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application, if applicable – a parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form above age 12. (provide ONE of the following original plus a copy)

  • U.S. or foreign passport, unexpired and signed
  • Driver’s License
  • Country or national I.D. Card with a current phot