TN 56 (08-21)
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 Social Security Number (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 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 the SSN card within 2 weeks of the date we process the application.
Offer to help the applicant if an employer or third party needs to know the SSN immediately.
See RM 10205.210, Receipts for Form SS-5.
For additional information, See:
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)
RM 10205.700 for further information about the Enumeration Beyond Entry (EBE) process. Applicants
who apply for an original or a replacement SSN card through EBE should receive the
card within 2 weeks after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves
their application for work authorization or permanent residency.
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 Third Level (Document Verification Request) (Scan and