Your Social Security Card: Why you need it and how to apply for one
Your Social Security card is vital for some of life’s most crucial tasks an American, such as going to the doctor, gaining employment, or applying for a credit card. Many colleges will also ask for a Social Security card upon processing your application. Your card will also play a vital role filing your state and federal taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.
While applying for a Social Security card with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is free, it’s a rather complex process that can lead to mistakes in filing, delays in receiving your card, or simply not receiving a card at all. Everything from a certain color of ink to the correct supporting documentation is required when applying for your card. The smallest detail being out of order could result in substantial delays in the processing of your application.
It is for these reasons that more and more Americans are turning to a third-party agent to help file their application 100% correctly. While filing on your own is free, using a service could very well save you countless hours and make the entire process stress-free. Here we will cover why you need a Social Security card, how to obtain one, and why using a service might be in your best interest.
Why Do I Need a Social Security Card?
A Social Security card is a card presented to every American citizen, either upon birth or naturalization. While the original purpose of the card was to track individual accounts within the Social Security program, it has since become a de facto identifier for individuals within the United States. As an American citizen, you’ll need a Social Security card for many vital day-to-day tasks, including:
Visiting the Doctor: Most primary care physicians and hospitals will ask for your Social Security number before they’ll see you for treatment.
Applying for a Credit Card: Credit card companies will use your Social Security number to verify employment and identity, as well as run a credit check on any past financial obligations you may have had.
Federal Financial Aid: Colleges and Universities will typically allow you to apply and enroll without a card. However, your financial aid options will be extremely limited, and none of the popular federal loan services will be available to you.
Gaining Lawful Employment: Many employers, especially public corporations, will be hesitant to hire you without a valid Social Security card. You’ll need a card to receive Social Security benefits during your employment, as well as register for a tax ID number with the Internal Revenue Service.
How Can I Apply for my Card?
In order to obtain your Social Security card, you must file for it with the Social Security Administration. While it may seem like a free and straightforward process at first, obtaining a Social Security card for the first time can be a taxing, confusing, and sometimes fruitless process. A single error in the application could result in delays, and sometimes the denial of the application entirely. The SSA requires supplemental documentation that you’ll need before you begin the application process. Missing just one of these forms, or providing the incorrect one, will sink your entire application.
Here are the steps you must follow:
STEP ONE: Gather The Original Documentation
To start, you’ll need original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them. The SSA will not accept photocopies of these documents, nor will they accept notarized copies.
STEP TWO: Obtain The Proper Forms
You’ll need to provide proof of citizenship, and the SSA will accept only certain documents. These are limited to a U.S. birth certificate and/or a U.S. passport for U.S. born citizens. Noncitizens are required to provide even more, starting with a current U.S. immigration document. This document can include Form I-551 along with an unexpired foreign passport, Form I-766, or Form I-94.
U.S. citizens have the benefit of one document potentially being used for two purposes, such as a U.S. passport for proof of both citizenship and identity. However, two separate documents must still be presented to SSA.
Noncitizens will need permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security before they begin the application process. The SSA requests an I-94 Form showing a class of admission that permits work. The SSA also requests evidence of employment, such as a recent pay slip or a letter from your current employer.
In addition to all of the above, you’ll need to provide a current document from the Department of Homeland Security to prove your identity. These documents include an I-551 Permanent Resident Card, an I-94 arrival/departure record, or an I-766 Employment Authorization Document from the DHS.
STEP THREE: Apply For Your Card
Applying for the card itself can be done through the mail by filling out your application for free, along with the necessary documents, and sending them to SSA. This can also be done online as well. However, the web based process is limited to U.S. citizens 18 years of age or over only.
There could be certain extenuating circumstances depending on your situation. For example, if you have lost your card or need to make changes to an existing one (for example, a name change), your requirements may be different.
Replacing or Making Changes to Your Card
Replacing: If your original card is lost, you’ll need to apply again for a replacement card, a time consuming process that will again require multiple documents before it is completed. Requesting a replacement card comes with aggravation that is two fold. First, you’ll have to worry about simply replacing the card itself. Without your card, thieves could have unfettered access to all of your personal records, bank accounts and credit card information. Second, you’ll now have to worry about getting through the entire replacement process with SSA error free, otherwise you’ll find yourself continually waiting for your replacement card to arrive.
Making Changes: When you marry as a citizen, or legally change your name for another reason, a corrected card must be requested. You must also inform your employer about any of these changes. Failure to obtain a corrected card will result in delays while filing federal tax returns, as well as preventing wages to be posted correctly to your social security record. Once again, much like requesting a replacement, correcting or changing any information on your Social Security card will result in you having to provide SSA with all the necessary supplemental documentation.
However, changes come with their own brand of headaches. Any document supporting a name change must be recent. It must also identify you by both your former and current names. If your name change occurred over two years ago, or if your name change document does not have enough information to prove your identity, you’ll now find yourself needing to provide documents to prove your identity in your prior name AND your new legal name.
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Our service eliminates the hassle and run around normally associated with applying for a Social Security card. Our goal is to keep the process as simple and streamlined as we possibly can. Considering the amount of documentation the SSA requires, it’s easy to have a slight oversight in the application process.
Unfortunately, even the smallest of errors when applying through SSA can result in delays lasting up to days, weeks, and in some cases months. Through our simplistic questionnaire, all of your information will be transcribed onto your SS-5 form exactly the way it needs to be presented. This eliminates the potential for snares and missteps in the application process.
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The SSA offers little in terms of support or assistance for those trying to apply, opening the door for incorrect applications and delays in processing. The sheer number of different documents required by SSA is overwhelming, time consuming, and at times unattainable while doing it on your own. We noticed numerous mistakes and errors time and time again when applying, so we wanted to simplify the process for others in the future.
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Why Wait in Line and Risk Denial When You Don’t Have to?
The stressors associated with applying for a brand new Social Security card, or simply requesting a replacement or change, are enough as is. And we haven’t even begun to speak about waiting in line at the Social Security Administration’s office.
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