I am eligible for a SSN. How do I apply for a SSN and what documents do I need to provide to the Social Security Administration?
Instructions on how to obtain a SSN can be found here: Social Security Instructions
NOTE: If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and have an offer of on-campus employment, please complete the below form to request a letter from ISSS to take with you to the Social Security Administration (required).
A letter will NOT be generated until after you have met with HR to complete the employment paperwork. Please allow up to 5 business days after your appointment with HR to pick up your Social Security letter in the GPS office (Reynolda 116).
I am not currently eligible for a SSN and I keep getting asked for one by various services, what do I do?
There is no consequence to not having a social security number. Many companies that provide a monthly service (i.e., apartment management companies, cell phone companies, internet and cable companies, etc.) will request an SSN so they can check your credit history, which tracks how worthy you are in terms of paying your obligations.
If you are being asked by a service to provide a social security number, but you are not eligible for one, explain this to them, and if the person still is unwilling to provide the service for lack of an SSN, ask for a manager or supervisor. Many companies will allow you to pay a security deposit in lieu of providing a SSN.
Even if you have a SSN, you may not have a credit history immediately in the United States, and therefore you may still be asked to pay an additional security deposit to receive a service.
Please be advised, a SSN is not necessary to obtain a driver’s license in the state of North Carolina.
If you are eligible for a SSN, protect it and do not provide it to a company that is not considered to be a legitimate corporate entity.