When you visit a Social Security Administration (SSA) office in the United States to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN), you must bring originals of the following documents:
Failure to present any of these documents will result in a denial of your application. All documents must be originals; the Social Security office cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies. Digital copies (e.g., those carried on a digital device like an Android phone or tablet) are also not accepted.
For more information on applying for an SSN for the first time, click here: SSN.
For more information about applying for a Social Security Number as a foreign worker, click here: SSN for foreign worker.
Once your application is completed, the Social Security Administration will assign you the SSN and mail out a pocket card to the address you provided on the application, typically within 2 weeks. Please ensure you ask the administration to provide you with a letter stating the assigned number, signed and dated at the time of your appointment. You will need this letter for fingerprinting.
You can search for SSA offices near you by zip code here. All locations are walk-in only.
Here is a list of Social Security Offices near the Canada-USA border, operating from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM:
SSA Hotline Details:
Toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213
TTY number: 1-800-325-0778
Operating hours: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday