While childbirth can appear miraculous, in modern times, even the easiest delivery can be complicated by bureaucracy. You might forget to do everything in the haze of caring and feeding a newborn.
For example, how does my baby get a Social Security Number?
Most hospitals will have parents fill out a form to register their child’s birth for the state’s vital records office. They will also ask you if your desire to apply for Social Security numbers.
But what if they forget about you? What if your baby is not in a hospital? Here are the basics of how to register your newborn for Social Security.
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How do I register my child for Social Security?
If you are asked by the hospital to complete a birth registry form, be sure to ask about the Social Security Administration.
If the hospital sends the birth registration information electronically to your state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, Social Security will assign a number and mail you a card.
Started in 1987, the Enumeration at Birth, or EAB, program eliminates the need for parents to gather documents and forms to send to the Social Security Administration.
What is the average time it takes to obtain a Social Security number?
According to the Social Security Administration the average processing time for EAB applications is two weeks. You may still need to wait two weeks before you receive your card by mail.
I haven’t registered my child at the hospital. Can I do it later?
You will need to register your baby at the hospital if you do not want to. This is a more complicated process and can take up to six weeks depending on where you live.
Online applications are faster and easier than completing them in person. You can also download a registration form and complete it before you bring it in.
Documentation to confirm your child’s age, citizenship, and identity will be required. You also need proof of your identity. You can find information on acceptable documents to get a Social Security number for your child here.
You can also submit a completed Form SS-5 (PDF) by mail. However, originals or certified copies must be included for all documents. The SSA will return them to you.
Anybody 12 years or older who requests an original Social Security Number will be interviewed in person.
What if my adopted child is not available?
A Social Security number may be available to you if your child is adopted from the US. If you don’t know, or don’t know the number, contact the agency for help.
You can assign a Social Security number to the child if they don’t already have one. If the adoption is not finalized, you might want to wait.
If you are adopting a child in another country, you will have to wait until they arrive in the country and the adoption process is completed.
Do I have to register my child to get a Social Security Number?
According to the agency, you don’t have to get a number. If you want to claim your child as dependent, however, one is required.
For you to be able to reach your baby, you will need a Social Security number.
- You can enroll them in health insurance.
- For them, open a bank account.
- Save money bonds can be purchased in their name.
- Register them to receive government services.
A Social Security number is required if your child will work.
I lost the Social Security card of my child
Your child’s Social Security card can be replaced if it is stolen or lost. However, you have a limit of three replacement cards per calendar year and 10 per lifetime. These limits don’t apply to legal name changes.
Continue reading: How to get a new Social Security Card
This article is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to be a diagnosis or treatment. For any questions regarding a medical condition, or to achieve your health goals, consult a qualified physician.
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