Validating social security cards
If your state appears on this list, please check back. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.
We are working to make this service available to additional states. Get a certified copy of a document showing a birth, marriage or divorce that took place in the United States.
Also, you’ll need to provide your child’s SSN to claim your child as a dependent on your tax return.
Non-citizens who don’t have Social Security numbers are exempt from providing a Social Security number in many situations that normally require it, including getting a driver’s license, registering for school, getting private health insurance or applying for public assistance such as subsidized housing.
You also shouldn’t carry your Social Security card around with you unless you will be using it for a specific purpose that day, such as when you’re filling out paperwork to start a new job and you have to show it to your employer as proof of citizenship (though if you can show a valid passport, you don’t need to provide your Social Security card).
You don’t want to risk losing your card or having it stolen, since thieves can use this number, in combination with your other personal data, to apply for credit, take out loans, get a job or even get health care in your name, creating a potentially massive identity theft problem for you to clean up.
Your doctor’s office and other businesses can use other information to identify you and keep track of your records.
If you have an unencrypted PDF of your tax return on your laptop, you’re effectively carrying your Social Security card every time you take your computer with you on a trip or to a coffee shop.Similarly, you should keep any documents that contain your SSN, such as your tax returns, in a secure place.If someone were to break into your house, it would be better for you if they could only make off with your stuff and not your identity.Since 1970, the federal government has required banks to obtain customers’ Social Security numbers.
Financial institutions use your SSN to check your credit, to report your interest and investment income or losses to the IRS, to report your tax-deductible mortgage interest to the IRS, and to manage your account.We also use it to monitor your record once you start getting benefits.