Getting Your Child A Social Security Number

How Do I Apply?

When you or a hospital staff member completes the information for your baby's birth certificate during your hospital stay, you will be asked if you want to apply for a Social Security number for your baby. If you say "yes," the state's vital statistics office will automatically share the information with the Social Security Administration, and a Social Security card will be mailed to you. The information is kept strictly confidential. If you have not named your baby, a Social Security card cannot be issued.

Do I Have To Apply Now?

No. Getting a Social Security number for your baby now is voluntary. You will not automatically get a number. You must ask for one on your baby's birth certificate. If you don't request a number now, you can get one later. Contact the Social Security office nearest you. You will have to provide evidence that you are the child's parent or legal custodian and to provide evidence of your child's age, identity, and citizenship. If you lose your baby's card, the Social Security Administration will replace it at no charge.