Infant social security card

How to Get a Social Security Card for Baby

With the excitement of welcoming your new little one home, you and your loved ones are probably up to your ears in making adjustments and settling in to your new routine. It doesn’t matter either, if you’ve had prior experience or if this is your first child. Knowing (or remembering, as the case may be) all the details and important stuff can mean trying to coordinate sleep schedules, figuring out which size diaper is prime for every time of day, and nutrition plans (for baby….and you!) and navigating the documents can eat up a ton of your time and energy. It’s easy to get caught up in those special moments and even easier to push aside the stuff that isn’t as fun as new baby snuggles. When it comes to important appointments, birth certificates, social security card for baby, and even enrolling in your insurance plan, it can be confusing if you’re not sure where to start. Here’s a quick and simple explanation of what you’ll need in order to obtain an infant Social Security card.

How to obtain a Social Security Card for Baby

The most common place for women to give birth in the U.S. is at a recognized hospital or labor and delivery center. At these locations, new parents are typically asked to fill out a birth registration form. A birth registration form contains all pertinent data that the authorized facility will submit to the appropriate vital records office in their state. This form, which is filled out for every child born includes important identification information and is recorded to verify the birth. On this form, there is an option to request a social security card for baby. Once your baby’s birth registration form is submitted by the hospital or birthing center, the birth certificate and social security card for your child will be processed and ready in approximately four to five weeks. While your infant’s social security card should be mailed to you, you will need to obtain the birth certificate personally through the vital records office in the county your child was born in, or utilize a convenient online ordering service.

Most hospitals and birthing centers provide new mothers with a birth registration form. This allows new parents the option to order a social security card for baby by checking a box.

In the event that a delivery did not or could not take place in a hospital or parents were not given a birth registration form to complete, obtaining your child’s social security number requires a few more steps and should probably be done in person. You have the option to mail all your forms in, but you are required to provide the SSA (Social Security Administration) with original or certified copies of all vital records and identification documents. Because of this requirement, many people choose to visit the Social Security Office in person. The application process also takes much less time when the application you’re submitting is for an infant under one year of age. After your child reaches the one year mark, the SSA must do more leg work to verify your child’s identification.

  • Locate your nearest Social Security Administration’s office. You can find your nearest office by visiting this link.
  • Fill out form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security number). This can be done at home by printing out the form, or your local office location should have blank forms available when you arrive.
  • Have two separate documents to submit that prove your baby’s identity, age, and citizenship status. A certified copy of your baby’s birth certificate can be one, while a certified birth record can count as the second. You should also be able to use a religious record made of your child’s birth if you have that available to you. You will not be able to obtain an infant’s social security card without certified copies of these documents.
  • Have identification documents available to prove your own identity. Current (not expired) driver’s licenses and passports are the most accepted form of Identification, but in the event you don’t have these available to you, military ID cards and health insurance cards may be sufficient as secondary forms of ID.

While it is easiest and most convenient to request your child’s social security card while still a patient at the hospital, it’s understandable that not all parents will have that opportunity. Whether you choose to mail in your child’s social security number application or apply in person, you can expect your baby’s new card in the mail within four to five weeks, on average.

Regardless the avenue you choose to take when it comes to applying for a new social security card for your baby, you can bet you’ll need certified copies of some birth records to complete the process. VitalChek is a convenient and secure way to obtain those records and help complete this important step for your baby’s vital documents.


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