How do I apply for a Social Security number for myself or my child over the age of 12?

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 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 of 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 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.