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How Can I Get a Social Security Number?

In order to get a social security number, you must be work authorized, be a US Citizen or National, or you must be required to have one by state or federal law to get benefits for which you have already established entitlement. That means that you must either have a work visa, the green card, a work permit, or documentation that you are required to have one by state or federal law.

If the applicant cannot establish US Citizenship, the Social Security Administration will check the person’s status with USCIS, and will only issue the social security number if USCIS verifies that the person is work authorized.

Applications are handled at the local Social Security Administration offices. Instructions for applying are on the .