Social Security Numbers (SSN)

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

A. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (download Form SS-5-FS – PDF 131 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

B. Provide the following original documents – photocopies are not acceptable. The completed application and documents should be mailed as described in Question How do I contact the Dublin Federal Benefits Unit?

Proof of the child’s birth

a. Original U.S. birth certificate, or b. or c. below.

If the child was born in the U.S. Form SSA- L706 (download Form SSA-L706 – PDF 78.0 KB KB) must also be completed, 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.

b. Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
c. Original Birth Certificate other than above
2. Proof of the child’s U.S. Citizenship

a. Original U.S. birth certificate, or
b. Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad
c. Original U.S. passport

3. Proof of the child’s identity

a. Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed
b. Original Foreign Passport, must be current and signed

4. Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application

a. Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed
b. Original Foreign Passport, must be current and signed

To apply for a Social Security number for anyone over the age of 12 the following steps are required;

Anyone over the age of 12 must present themselves in person at a U.S. Embassy, Consulate or designated U.S. Military installation. See Question Contacting the Dublin Federal Benefits Unit for the Public Hours of the Dublin Federal Benefits Unit.

A. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (download Form SS-5-FS – PDF 131 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

B. Provide the following original documents – photocopies are not acceptable.

1. Proof of birth

a. Original U.S. birth certificate, or b. or c. below

i. If you or the child was born in the U.S. you must submit documentary proof that you or the child has resided outside of the U.S.  The proof of foreign residency is needed to explain why a Social Security number has not been issued in the past.  The proof should cover a significant portion of the entire period of time you or the child has been outside of the U.S. (Click HERE to see list of suggested documentation; other documents may be submitted for consideration.)

ii. If you or the child was born in the U.S. Form SSA- L706 (download a PDF of Form SSA-L706 – PDF 78.0 KB) must also be completed, 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.

b. Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or
c. Original birth certificate other than above.
2. Proof of U.S. Citizenship

a. Original U.S. birth certificate, or
b. Original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or
c. Original U.S. Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate, or
d. Original U.S. Passport.

3. Proof of identity

a. Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed, or
b. Original Foreign Passport, must be current and signed.

NOTE: If the name at birth and name on the identity document are different, proof of name change must also be submitted.

4. 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.

a. Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed, or
b. Original Foreign Passport, must be current and signed.

If you have obtained a U.S. Visa that allows you to work in the U.S. you must apply for a Social Security Card after you enter the U.S. You may apply at the nearest Social Security Office. You can obtain the address of the nearest Social Security Office at http://www.ssa.gov and the header “Locate A Social Security Office”. You will need to complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF 131 KB) and provide the original documents listed on the question How do I apply for a Social Security number for myself or my child over the age of 12? question listed above.

You should apply for a replacement card even if you cannot recall your Social Security Number.  Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (Download Form SS-5-FS – PDF 131 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

Effective August 1, 2014 the Social Security Administration stopped providing Social Security Number printouts or verifications.   The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to provide you with a printout or verification of an SSN.   If you need proof of your (or your child’s) SSN, you should apply for a replacement card.

Provide an original identity document – a photocopy is not acceptable. The completed application and identity document should be mailed to us.

Acceptable proof of identity

  • Original U.S. Passport, must be current and signed
  • Original Permanent Resident Alien Card (“Green Card”), must be current
  • Original U.S. state driver’s license, must be current
  • Original Irish or Dutch Passport or driver’s license are acceptable, but must be accompanied by proof of U.S. citizenship such as a Naturalization certificate or U.S. birth certificate

If the replacement card is for a child, we need to see proof of identity for both the child and the parent who signs the form.

SSN needed for U.S. PASSPORT application:  If you cannot recall your (or your child’s) Social Security Number and need it for a U.S. Passport application you should apply for a replacement SSN card, per instructions above.    Please expect to wait at least one month for the replacement card application to be processed and the card mailed from the U.S.  Note:  this process cannot be expedited.

If the name on your identity document differs from the name on your last Social Security Number record, see the last question on this page for instructions on how to change the name on your record.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal Permanent Resident Alien, see the question below.

Effective August 1, 2014 the Social Security Administration stopped providing Social Security Number printouts or verifications.   The Federal Benefits Unit is unable to provide you with a printout or verification of an SSN.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal Permanent Resident Alien (“Green Card” holder) and you need to verify the details shown on your Social Security Number record, you must apply directly to the Social Security Administration for a printout of your Social Security Number record (known as a Numident). These applications can take up to 60 days or more to process and are processed on a first come basis regardless of the mailing method used.

Send a written request to verify the details held in your Numident, with the following information: your name, date of birth, parents’ names, the citizenship or legal resident status you held when your Social Security Number was assigned, and the date your citizenship or legal resident status changed. Send your request to:

Social Security Administration
OEO DERO (FOIA Workgroup)
PO Box 33022
Baltimore MD 21290-3022

If you wish to use Express Mail/Courier, send your request to:

Social Security Administration
OEO DERO (FOIA Workgroup)
300 N. Greene Street
Baltimore MD 21290-0300

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

a. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS – (Download Form SS-5-FS – PDF 131 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

b. Provide the following original documents – photocopies are not acceptable. The completed application and documents should be mailed as described in Question How do I mail original documents to the Federal Benefits Unit?

1. Proof of the name change

A. Original marriage or divorce decree

If the marriage or divorce certificate 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.

2. Proof of identity in Old Name, as required

a. Original current or expired U.S. or Foreign passport, must be signed;

b. Original driving license;

c. Original current or expired U.S. military identification

3. Proof of identity in New Name, as required

a. Original current U.S. or Foreign passport, must be signed;

b. Original driving license;

c. Original current U.S. military identification.