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.
I do have a U.S. Social Security Number.
If you were ever issued a Social Security Number, you must provide it at item 5 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.
It is advisable to bring:
- your original Social Security Number card, or
- a photo copy of it, or
- have a scan of it available on your phone.
I do not have a U.S. Social Security Number.
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.” Sample of a Social Security Number declaration over age 16 (PDF file 88 KB)
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.” Sample of a Social Security Number declaration under age 16 (PDF file 166 KB)
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.
I do not remember my U.S. Social Security Number or am not sure I was issued one.
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.