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The following questions and answers about the Social Security Administration are provided to assist in applying for a Social Security number or Letter of Ineligibility (for some driver's license applications).
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A Social Security number (SSN) is a type of identification number used for Social Security. It is a nine digit number resembling “123-00-1234” which is issued to an individual by the United States Federal Government. An SSN is intended to accurately record the earnings of the individual to whom it is issued. SSNs also function as a general identification number in many situations. The identification number (SSN) assigned to the individual is then issued to the individual on a card. This card is referred to as the “Social Security card.”
As a student or an exchange visitor, you may need an SSN and card if you plan to work in the United States. Your sponsor or third party placement organization may require it for payroll records.
Recent provisions in U.S. law have changed the rules for assigning a SSN and issuing a Social Security card. Also, see Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10107.html.
If the nonimmigrant is ineligible for an SSN, he or she can request a “Letter of Ineligibility” from the Social Security Administration. At this time, a completed application should be mailed to the office along with photocopies of supporting documents. While the SSA does not usually accept photocopies, during the COVID-19 pandemic they are not requring original documents to be mailed. Required documents include: I-20/DS-2019, passport and Form I-94. You will receive the Letter of Ineligibility in the mail. You are required to have the Letter of Ineligibility in order to take the driver's license test. The Letter of Ineligibility is valid for 60 days.
To apply for a Social Security number (SSN), you must:
For F-1/J-1 visa holders (Students):
For J-1 visa holders (Scholars):
The Social Security Administration (SSA) must verify your documents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before a Social Security number (SSN) can be assigned to you. After receiving the verification from DHS, a SSN will be issued to you and the Social Security card (containing the assigned SSN) will be mailed to the address provided on the application (Form SS-5). Most of the time, documents can be verified quickly with DHS, online. If the documents cannot be verified online, it may take DHS several weeks to respond to the request. The SSA works closely with DHS to reduce these delays.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the SSA asks the public to first try to use online services before scheduling an appointment. To schedule an appointment please call the SSA listed below. You will be required to follow SSA safety guidelines when visiting their office for your appointment.
For more information and to find copies of Social Security Administration (SSA) publications, visit their Web site at www.socialsecurity.gov or call toll-free, 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call their TTY number, 1-800-325-0778). The SSA representatives can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Information is also provided by automated phone service 24 hours a day. All calls are treated confidentially.
300 Big Elk Mall
Elkton, MD 21921
Office Hours: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus
Directions: Anyone using public transit, including airport shuttles, taxis, or ride share companies like Delaware Express, Lyft or Uber, is advised to: wear a cloth mask, practice social distancing, avoid touching surfaces, and practice hand hygiene. Read more guidance about using transportation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please refer to this guide for taking public transportation to the ELkton SSA office.