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Applying for a Social Security Number at the SSA Office in the United States:

What You Need to Know

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:

    1. A completed and printed application for a Social Security card. You can download the form at The form’s complete instructions are on pages 1-4. Please fill out page 5, print it, and have it ready.
    2. Passport (to establish Canadian citizenship).
    3. TN stamp in your passport (to prove your work-authorized immigration status).
    4. Birth certificate (to verify age and citizenship).

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:

    • 6540 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304, United States
    • 478 Main St Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14202, United States
    • 402 Demers Ave #300, Grand Forks, ND 58201, United States
    • 709 W 9th St #231, Juneau, AK 99801, United States
    • 101 Ford St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, United States
    • 1940 Sweeney St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, United States
    • 7400 N Mineral Dr Ste. 100, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815, United States
    • 202 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401, United States
    • 3400 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48215, United States
    • 128 Lakeside Ave suite 107, Burlington, VT 05401, United States
    • 365 Main St, Presque Isle, ME 04769, United States
    • 67 Warren St Suite 1, Glens Falls, NY 12801, United States

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