Social Security Card
What is a Social Security Card?
A Social Security number and card is used by the government to keep track of earnings and witholdings. The Social Security witholdings are disbursed to people who have retired or are disabled.
Why is a Social Security Card important?
It is needed before you can obtain other things. For example, you cannot open most checking accounts or get a credit card without a social security card. Many organizations and schools use this number to identify people.
More Information on getting a Social Security Card
Wondering what in the world this card is and why everyone has to have your number? You can't get a checking account, a credit card, or other things you desperately need without one. Confused and don't understand what in the world this card is and how to get one? Don't be!
In 1935, Social Security began as a system to keep track of earnings and eventually benefits for people who work. Since the beginning, they have issued 392 million numbers. The number itself is a nine-digit number based on where you apply from and the number of the application.
There are three types of Social Security cards:
Second, you will need to go into your local office to fill out an application or get an application online and bring it to the nearest office. The application cannot be sent by mail. However, you will need to provide an address where your card can be sent. If you do not have a permanent home address, use your work address or a friend's address.
To get a new card, you will need to provide several documents. Most importantly, you will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. You will also need a document that proves your age and who you are. A birth certificate or a school record is suitable. Driver's license, Marriage or divorce record, Military records, Employer ID card, Adoption record, Insurance policy, Passport, Health Insurance card (not a Medicare card) and School ID card are all other forms that can be used for identification. They must be original documents or certified copies of the documents.
Also, there are bilateral Social Security agreements between the U.S. and 17 countries. This allows for the elimination of dual Social Security agreements and taxes for multinational and expatriate workers. The Social Security Administration can provide you with more information.
If you need more general information about obtaining a Social Security number and your rights, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit the Social Security Administration online.
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