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How do you change your soc. sec. #

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how do you change your soc. sec. #
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.


Social Security can assign a different number only if:

  • Sequential numbers assigned to members of the same family are causing problems;
  • More than one person is assigned or using the same number;
  • A victim of identity theft continues to be disadvantaged by using the original number;
  • There is a situation of harassment, abuse or life endangerment; or
  • An individual has religious or cultural objections to certain numbers or digits in the original number. (We require written documentation in support of the objection from a religious group with which the number holder has an established relationship.)

When assigning a new Social Security number, Social Security does not destroy the original number. They cross-refer the new number with the original number to make sure the person receives credit for all earnings under both numbers.

To request a new number:

  • Complete an application (
  • Provide a statement explaining the reasons for needing a new number;
  • Provide current, credible, third-party evidence documenting the reasons for needing a new number; and
  • Provide original documents showing::
    • U.S. citizenship or work-authorized immigration status;
    • Age;
    • Identity; and
    • Evidence of a legal name change, if appropriate.
Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 2 months ago.

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