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SS-5 Form: What is It?

The SS-5 form is an application document needed for receiving a Social Security Card from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your social security number is vital for finding a job, receiving medical care, sorting out financial issues, and claiming your SS retirement benefits. In case you’ve lost or accidentally destroyed your Social Security card (or if it has been stolen), you’re going to need to obtain a new one using the SS-5-FS application form.

What You Need SS-5 Form For

There’s a variety of reasons why you may need to utilize the SS-5 form. They are:

  • You’ve never obtained a SS card before;
  • Your old card is damaged and cannot be repaired;
  • There’s an error on your old Social Security card (e.g. your name is misspelled), and you need to change that;
  • You’ve just become a US citizen;
  • You’re in a marriage/divorce situation, so your old card is now invalid;
  • You’re applying for your newborn/adopted child’s Social Security card.

How to Fill out SS-5 Application Form

First, read the guidelines on the application form carefully, for they feature some important details on certain additional documents that must also be submitted to prove your age and identity. Then, fill out the SS-5-FS form with the correct and up-to-date data in order to receive a Social Security card as soon as possible. Here’s what you’ll need to provide when completing the SS-5 form:

  • Your name, place, and date of birth, citizenship, ethnicity, as well as your parents’ names and SS numbers;
  • Your full address;
  • Your signature;
  • Other self-explanatory details.

Organizations that Work with SS-5 Form

Social Security Administration

SS-5 Form Resources

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SSA Instructions for SS-5

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