TN 29 (05-18)
RM 10205.100 How Long Does it Take to Get an SSN Card?
The following information may be helpful for individuals who are interested in knowing
when they may expect to receive their SSN card.
SSN cards are mailed from a central location based on the information entered into
the enumeration processing system at the field office (FO) or Social Security card
The applicant should receive the SSN card in the mail within 2 weeks of the FO submitting
a complete application, including documentation of all required evidence.
If the applicant does not receive his or her SSN card within 2 weeks, he or she should
notify the FO.
RM 10205.500 for information about lag time when an application for an original SSN card is made
through Enumeration at Birth (EAB)
RM 10205.600 for further information when an application for an SSN card is made through Enumeration
at Entry (EAE)
An applicant who applies for an original or a replacement SSN card through Enumeration
Beyond Entry (EBE) should receive the card in the mail no later than 7 business days
after he or she received Employment Authorization Document (EAD) form U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS). For further information about EBE process, see RM 10205.700.
NOTE: The 2-week period does not include the time needed to verify documents with the
RM 10210.270 Evaluation and Verification of Evidence of Age for an SSN Card
RM 10214.170 Requesting Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Verification
of Immigration Documents Using Form G-845 (Document Verification Request)
If documents need verification, advise the applicant that verifying documents with
the issuing authority could take several weeks to several months. When we receive
verification of the documents, we will process the application and the applicant should
receive their SSN card within 2 weeks of the date we process the application.
Offer to help the applicant if an employer or other third party needs to know the
SSN immediately. See Receipts for Form SS-5, RM