When applying for my passport, do I need to bring a copy of my social security card?

QUESTION:   When applying for my passport do I need to bring a copy of my social security card?


ANSWER:  It is a very good idea to organize yourself the best you possibly can before applying for a passport. Many applicants do not do this, which makes their processing times for their passports significantly delayed, or they could not be issued a passport when they went to obtain one.

In order to obtain a passport, Social Security Number is needed to do so. As stated before, lacking a Social Security Number may result in delayed processing times as well as complete denial of a passport.

If an applicant is residing overseas, they will have to provide the name of the country overseas in which they are residing in. The United States Department of State will need to provide the Social Security Number of the applicant, in addition to their residence information of residing abroad to the Department of Treasury. If an applicant does not provide this information, they will have to pay a $500 fine to the IRS.

If an applicant does not have a Social Security Number, they will have to enter 0’s within box 5 of the passport application for they are using. In order for an applicant to get social security number if they do not have one, they will have to get in contact with the Social Security Administration.