Learning How To Recover

Learning How To Recover

What If I Forget My Social Security Number?

by Susie Torres

Do you need to apply for social security disability or talk to a disability lawyer, but have lost your social security number? The good news is that you don't necessarily have to panic. It is more crucial that you know your social security number than it is whether you have your social security card on you--unless it's been stolen. There are some rare cases where a social security card is useful, such as if you need proof to get something notarized. But as long as you have memorized your number, you have less to worry about.

Finding Your Social Security Number

If you have completely forgotten your social security number or if you would like to have it replaced, you will need to fill out the SS-5 form. Since this can be a hassle, first look for other places where your social security number might be. This can include bank documents, bills, or your tax forms. If you discover it, make sure to write it down somewhere else safe.

The form will require that you provide at least two pieces of evidence that verify your identity. These pieces of evidence include a:

  • Driver's license

  • Birth certificate

  • Passport

  • Adoption decree

  • Religious record

With this evidence, you will then be able to file for a new social security card that will come with your social security number. Also, when you are 12 years or older and have never received an SS card, you will need to appear in person at a local social security office.

Information for New Citizens

If you were not born in the United States, you will need to provide proof that you have become an official U.S. citizen. This can be a certificate of citizenship or a certificate of naturalization. You will also need to provide a document that has been issued by the department of homeland security to show your current immigration status. Once each part of the document has been filled out, you can then take it to any social security office or mail it. Replacing your social security card is free, so if anyone attempts to charge you, that individual is scamming you.

Getting a New Number

Under some circumstances, you may be able to have a social security number assigned to you. This is usually only done if there is evidence that someone else is using your number. You cannot have your social security number replaced if you are doing so to avoid prosecution for a crime or to avoid the effects of filing for bankruptcy. Regardless of what approach you have taken, once you have your social security number, take time to commit it to memory.


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