The Social Security Number (SSN) was created in 1936 to keep track of workers’ earnings histories for use in determining Social Security benefit entitlement and computing benefit levels. The SSN is required by most employers to report wages for tax purposes. It also helps the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) track employee salary payments and the withholdings made for Social Security and Medicare. SSNs have been randomly issued since 2011, but in the past, the first three digits, known as area numbers, were assigned by geographic regions. The next two digits, called group numbers, ranged from 01 to 99 (00 was not assigned).
How to Obtain a Social Security Number?
You can obtain a Social Security number by filling out Form SS-5 or at a Social Security Office in person. Applying online is faster, but you may need to complete part or all of your requests in person. Noncitizens working in the United States may need a Social Security number to work in the country and pay taxes. You can find more information about getting an SSN for noncitizens on the SSA website.
If you are a student in J-1 status, you can get an SSN as long as your on-campus employment letter from the Office of Global Services has been received, and your on-campus or CPT work begins no earlier than 30 days before the employment start date on your EAD card. You can use OSSNAP – Online Social Security Number Application Portal to start your SSN application by answering a few questions online.
Where Can I find my Social Security Number?
The SSN is unique to each person and is an important document to keep safe. Using your SSN for any purpose without permission could result in identity theft, which would be illegal. If you’re concerned about your SSN, there are several ways to find out if it has been compromised or stolen. One way is to conduct a social security number search online.
You can do this through the Social Security Administration’s website or many other websites that offer this service. Each website has different fees, so be careful. Another option is to contact your employer or former employer and ask them for their records. Most employers will have your SSN on their files.
If you are an employer, you can use a social security number search to verify the identity of your employees before hiring them. This can help protect your business against scams and other problems and ensure that the people you hire are qualified for the job.