Social Security

Applying for a US Social Security Number
The SSN Application

Complete and print the Social Security Card Application (Form SS-5)

Apply at the Social Security Card Center

Apply at the Social Security Card Center and ask for a receipt to verify your submission

Important Notes

  • Students and J-1 Scholars: Wait 10 business days from the date you attend ISSS orientation before applying for your SSN.

  • Once you receive your Social Security Card (approximately 2-6 weeks via mail) UPDATE the following:

    • Your University records (i.e. the registrar and tax office) 

    • Your personal records (banks, employer, etc.)

    • SCHOLARS: if employed at Penn you must also update your department’s business administrator & Corporate Tax Officer


Handling Practical Matters without a Social Security Number

There are a variety of services you can obtain without having a Social Security Number. PLEASE NOTE: these details are for informational purposes only. Requirements are subject to change without notice.


Social Security Card Center