What can new parents do if they have not yet received the Social Security number for their newborn child? Should we reapply?

Hospitals routinely provide the paperwork necessary to get a Social Security number issued to a newborn. Do not reapply unless you have first determined that the Social Security Administration needs you to do so.

To check on the status of the issuance of the baby’s Social Security number, you should contact your local Social Security office by searching on https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp or by calling the national hotline at 1-800-772-1213.

If the Social Security Administration requires you to refile and instructs you to do so, the form and instructions are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov. DO NOT give in to scams that solicit in the mail, online, or by phone to get a newborn’s Social Security number issued for a fee. You should never pay money to get a newborn’s Social Security number, and these solicitations are frauds.

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