Social Security number for newborns

Social Security is a huge part of every American’s life in one way or another, and it starts when a newborn gets their new Social Security number.

Social Security cards with social security numbers people receive as newborns

Welcoming a child into the world is one of the most exciting things for a family to experience.

Unfortunately, a lot of paperwork and legalities come along with it.

It’s important you get your child their Social Security number soon after birth to set them up for the rest of their life.


Related: Here’s how to access and view your own social security information online

Getting your newborn child a SSN

If you have your child in a hospital, it’s made a bit easier. Parents can apply for their child’s SSN at the hospital before they leave.

The hospital will ask if you want to apply for a SSN while you give them information for the birth certificate.

By choosing to receive the SSN at the hospital, both parents SSNs are required.

You may still apply if you do not have both parents SSNs.


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Why does my child need a SSN?

In order to claim your child on your taxes, you need their SSN.

If you want to open a bank account, purchase a savings bond, insure them, or get government services for them, they’ll need a SSN.

Eventually, they will grow old and need a SSN to get benefits.

Visit the Social Security Administration’s website to learn more about getting your child a valid SSN.