Social Security transitions from paper to online application, but in-person appointment still required
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has transitioned the Social Security Number (SSN) application form from the paper SS5 form to an online application. Applicants must go to the SSA website to complete the application before going to the SSA Office to apply for the SSN. The online application can be completed up to 45 days before the in-person office visit. On the final page of the online application the applicant will receive an alpha numeric receipt number. Applicants should print or take a screen shot of the receipt and be ready to present it along with the other required application documents at the in-person appointment.
The online application only replaces the paper SS5 form. All other supporting documents are still required at the time of the in-person appointment. Applicants under the age of 18 should complete the paper SS-5 application form.