Some applicants may file for SSNs with no reference to the IRS-4029 process or without
expressing serious religious objections. Other applicants may express religious concerns
and want to state officially that the only reason they are applying for the number
is to control the IRS-4029 and that they do not want a Social Security card mailed
to them. (In some religious communities these are called control numbers, not SSNs,
and individuals who have these numbers may insist that they do not have SSNs for other
purposes, such as obtaining identification with the MVA.).
Follow these procedures only when the individual expresses a religious objection to
being issued an SSN and card. For those who express concern and indicate they only
want to file for an SSN for IRS-4029 control purposes, use the following instructions.
In addition to full SSN application processing and proof requirements:
Accept a statement that the person is filing only for IRS-4029 purposes and that he
or she does not want a Social Security card issued.
Annotate the Remarks block of the Summary screen in SSNAP, “4029” to explain why we
are suppressing an original card.
Suppress the issuance of the card.
If an applicant requests that we suppress the issuance of the Social Security card,
the applicant must recontact us by mail, fax, or in person to obtain the SSN or to
provide written consent for us to disclose the SSN to a third party.
For the required consent criteria for disclosing SSA records information, see GN 03305.001B.2.