Let me start my defining the number. A social security number is a unique number issued to all US Citizens, permanent residents, and certain foreign nationals. The first social security number was issued in November of 1935, and has continued ever since. Within 3 months, 25 million social security numbers were issued. No number has ever been repeated. The number itself consists of 3 groups of digits: XXX-XX-XXX. The first three digits indicate the area of residence when social security card was first issued, which is usually the place you were born, or the first place you lived after moving to the US. However, social security numbers issued after 2011 will no longer have area significance, and will be randomized. The middle two numbers, ranging from 01 to 99, breaks the series, and is basically used to expand the number of possible social security numbers. The final four digits, ranging from 0001 to 9999, represent a straight numerical progression of assigned numbers. By combining these 3 groups of numbers, your individual social security number is generated.
Your social security number has several uses. It tracks all working individuals for taxation purposes and yearly wages, traces your entire credit history, reports your wage to the government, keeps track of payroll deductions for old age, survivors, and disability insurance, and most importantly, checks your eligibility for Social Security Benefits. Some institutions even use your social security number as your student ID.
Without your social security number, there is no way for the government to verify if you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. It is the best way to track your work, credit, and taxation history.
The application process for a US Citizen is different than a non-US citizen.
A US citizen needs the following to apply for a Social Security number: A non-US citizen will need: Remember, all documents must be originals or certified copies by the issuing agency, otherwise the social security office will be unable to validate them as a form of proof.
The processing time for you application may take several weeks, but you may work in the meantime with a letter from the Social Security office. If you are just recognizing the importance of your social security number, and realize you have lost your card, you may be wondering how to replace your social security card. The answer is simple because you basically follow the same process as applying for it in the first place. You'll need the same forms and types of proof to have your Social Security Card reissued.
Here at the Coye Law Firm, our attorneys specialize in cases dealing with social security disability disputes. If you need assistance with that, or any other legal matter, contact us for a consultation.