How to Verify Identity for Social Security Numbers?

Was your Social Security Card lost, misplaced or stolen? If so, you are sure to need a new one if you plan to apply or register for any retirement program benefits, a driver's permit, license, passport or any one of several other various things.

What do I need to do to get a new Social Security Card?

In order to get a new Social Security Card, you have to go to your local Social Security Administration Office and fill out an application.

Will I need to bring anything with me?

Yes. When you go to fill out this application, you will need to bring your birth certificate and a U.S. driver's license, a U.S. state issued non-driver identification card or a U.S. passport.

What are these items?

A driver's license is an official document permitting you to drive a motorized vehicle. A driver's license in the U.S. is typically a small, wallet sized, plastic card with a photograph of you from the shoulders up that states some basic information about you; including your first and last name, age, height and address. A state issued non-drivers identification card, also simply referred as an ID, is a plastic card that also has your name and basic information on it. It has to be issued to you by a DMV in your state. Though this identification card does look similar to a driver's license, it clearly states that it is NOT a driver's license. This card is for identification purposes ONLY and does NOt permit you to drive any motorized vehicle. A passport is an official document issued by a government. This document certifies your identity and citizenship. It entitles you to travel to and from foreign countries under that governments protection. Do these have to be issued from the U.S.? Yes. No matter which document you choose to bring with you, it has to be issued to you fom a state within the U.S.A., or by the U.S. government. Why do these documents have to be issued within the U.S.? This document also serves as proof that you are a U.S. citizen.

Why do I need a proof of identity?

You must have a proof of identity in order to file for a new Social Security Card so that they know for sure that you are who you say you are. It would be fairly easy for someone to get ahold of your birth certificate and claim to be you. If anyone were to do this and all the Social Security Administration required was a birth certificate, it would be incredibly simple for them to claim your identity. With your birth certificate and Social Security Card, they would have all of the information necessary to access your bank account, put bills in your name or even get a credit card, completely ruining your credit score and possibly taking many more important things from you. In order to avoid all of that, the Social Security Administration requires that you provide them with a proof of identification, and a driver's license, ID card or passport is the best proof of ID. What if I don't have and cannot get a driver's license, state issued non-driver indentification card or passport? If you don't have and can't get any of these, there are some documents that they will accept instead; including an employee ID or badge, health insurance or Medicaid card (not Medicare), military ID, U.S. Government ID card, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Indian Tribal Card, certified copy of a medical record, school ID, record or transcript or a life insurance policy.