Apply for a Social Security Number

How to apply for a Social Security number

For tax purposes, anyone receiving income must provide their employer with a Social Security number. If you want to get a Social Security number, you must apply in person at the local Social Security Administration office.

The U.S. Social Security program is designed as a pension fund and insurance fund for people who work and live in the United States. The Social Security number (SSN) has become an identification number routinely used by banks, phone companies, rental agencies, and other institutions. The Social Security Administration advises companies that they should not use the SSN in this way. Recent changes in Social Security regulations are making it more difficult to obtain a number if you do not have a job in the United States.

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