Social Security Card:

Getting Your Social Security Card

According to, a Social Security card is a “Wallet-sized piece of paper containing unique nine-digit number assigned by the Social Security Administration and provided to every United States citizen, permanent resident, or temporary working resident.”

The nine-digit number on the Social Security card is called a “Social Security number.” According to, a Social Security number (SSN), is “A nine-digit number assigned to citizens, some temporary residents, and permanent residents in order to track their income and determine benefit entitlements. The Social Security number was created in 1936, and while the original intention was just to track earnings and benefits, it is now also used to identify individuals and sometimes track their credit record.”


There are many important situations when you may be asked to provide your Social Security number and/or Social Security card, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Going to the doctor.
  • Acquiring employment.
  • Getting a credit card.
  • Going to college.
  • Opening a bank account.
  • Completing taxes.
  • Applying for licenses, such as hunting and fishing.
  • Running credit checks.
  • Running background checks.
  • Joining the military.


Are you considering applying for a Social Security card? If so, for more information on obtaining a Social Security card, click here.


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