Getting a Social Security Number

Obtaining your Social Security number (SSN) is important to do as a new citizen.

Here is what you need to know.

Applying for an SSN

As a new citizen, you can apply for an SSN by visiting your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. You’ll need to complete an application form (Form SS-5) and provide documents that verify your identity, citizenship status and age. Acceptable documents typically include your passport, naturalization certificate and birth certificate. If you had a green card your social security number will remain the same and you do not need to apply for a new SSN.

Connecting Your SSN to Your ITIN

Your SSN is a unique identifier and is not automatically connected to your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you previously had an ITIN, you should notify the IRS of your new SSN by submitting a completed Form W-7 with a copy of your Social Security card. This will ensure that your tax records are properly updated.

Credit Report

Your credit report is separate from your SSN and is not automatically connected. As a new citizen, you’ll establish your credit history when you apply for credit cards, loans or other financial accounts. Over time, as you use credit responsibly, your credit report will reflect your financial activities. For a green card holder, your SSN remains the same and your credit history will not be lost once you naturalize.

Registering and Using Your SSN

Once you have your SSN, it’s important to keep it safe and use it responsibly. Here are some key steps to follow:

  • Memorize your SSN and avoid carrying your card with you, to minimize the risk of identity theft.
  • Provide your SSN to employers for tax and employment purposes.
  • Notify your financial institutions, such as banks, when you have obtained your SSN.
  • Apply for credit responsibly and monitor your credit report regularly for any suspicious activity.
  • Keep your SSN confidential and only share it with trusted entities when necessary.


Your SSN is a crucial piece of personal information, so safeguarding it is important for your financial well-being and privacy.

Consult with the SSA directly or visit their official website for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding SSN applications and related processes.


The information provided on is intended for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered as professional advice or a substitute for seeking professional guidance.

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