Find Your Social Security Number

Posted by Elliot Marks

What is a Social Security Number?

A social security number is a number that is issued to all U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain non-immigrants. Social Security numbers contain nine digits. The purpose of Social Security numbers is to track individuals for Social Security reasons. Social Security numbers are also used as identification numbers for tax purposes.

Where can I find my Social Security Number?

As long as there has been a valid Social Security number issued to you, you can find it in several different ways. The first place you can find it is on your Social Security Card.

Social Security Card Number

All Social Security cards have the Social Security Number (SSN) for the individual printed on it. Another place that you can find your SSN is on your W-2 forms issued to you by your employer.

Tip: If neither of these are available to you, then you can find your SSN on your tax returns or your bank statements. SSNs are printed on these forms as well. It is also possible to find your SSN on USCIS forms that you have already filed.

If you are an individual with a nonimmigrant visa, you will most likely not have a Social Security Number. If neither of these options work for you, then you may be able to get your SSN from your employer as a last resort. Most employers keep records of their employees’ Social Security Numbers.

How do I replace a lost or stolen Social Security card?

Every year, thousands of people lose their Social Security cards and have to replace them. Fortunately, the process for replacing a Social Security card is relatively simple. All you have to do is apply for a replacement Social Security card.

You can do this by:

  • Mail
  • Online
  • Visiting a Local Social Security Office

You will need to verify you are a U.S. citizen or that you are a person who has a Social Security number by providing the required documents. Birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and hospital records of your birth are good documents to bring with you when you go to your local Social Security office. Make sure that you bring the original documents with you as most Social Security offices will not accept photocopies of documents.

Checking Your Social Security Number Online

How do I protect my Social Security Number from being stolen?

Unfortunately, identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. If an identity thief steals your Social Security Number, there can be severe consequences for you. So, you should memorize your SSN so that you do not have to carry your Social Security card around with you. Carrying your Social Security card around with you significantly increases your chances of having it stolen and being used to commit fraud.

Can I check my Social Security Number online?

Yes, you can now check your Social Security Number online thanks to advances in technology. However, in order to do this, you will need to set up an account with the SSA and to do that, you will need your Social Security card and documents that can confirm your identity, such as a valid driver’s license and an original birth certificate.

After your online account is set up with the SSA, you can check your SSN at any time just by signing into your account and looking at your account information. You will have to enter a PIN when you log into your online SSA account. So, you will need to set a PIN and to remember it in order to get back into your account.

Elliot Marks

Elliot Marks

Author & Social Security Advisor

Elliot Marks has spent over 10 years providing clear and concise information to help Americans navigate the complex nuances of social security and many other government services in the United States. Elliot has a passion for helping those in need of these services to be able to find timely access to news and information that is relevant and helpful to their daily lives.