Social Security Number Required

How to list your U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) on your passport application, and what to do if you do not yet have an SSN, or cannot remember your SSN.

If you were ever issued a Social Security Number, you must provide it on your application for a U.S. passport. If you fail to provide the information, you will encounter a delay in processing and/or denial of your passport application.  You will also be subject to a $500 penalty enforced by the IRS pursuant to Section 6039E of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6039E). All questions on this matter should be directed to the nearest IRS office.

If you do not have a Social Security Number, you must submit a statement, signed and dated, that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

For a minor child that does not have Social Security Number, a parent must submit a statement, signed and dated that includes the phrase, “I (name of parent), parent/guardian of (name of child applying) declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: My child has never been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration.”

On your application form you must write the word ‘NONE’ at item no. 5 on your DS-82 or DS-11 form.  Do NOT write zeros.

This statement will work only once. Upon receipt of your new passport you must apply for a Social Security Number asap.  The application begins by contacting the Federal Benefits Unit in Dublin, Ireland.

If you have been issued a Social Security Number and cannot remember it, or are unsure as to whether you have ever been issued one, we recommend that you contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Dublin, Ireland, prior to your passport appointment.  Should you wish to apply for your passport at the same time, write “N/A” at item no. 5 on your DS-82 or DS-11 form.  We can keep the application pending for 90 days, awaiting your supplying your Social Security Number.

If you are in the Netherlands and require a new or replacement Social Security number card, please contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Dublin, Ireland.