How To Get Your Social Security Number After Your DACA Case is Approved

Once your DACA application has been granted and you have received your Employment Authorization Card (I-766), you’re ready to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN). NOTE: You need to obtain a SSN before you can apply for a State ID Card or a Driver’s License. The Social Security Administration has published a helpful brochure for DACA recipients, which you can download.

 

  • WHAT’S THE PROCESS?
    • Determine whether you are eligible for a SSN.
      • Has USCIS granted your DACA application?
      • Have you received an Employment Authorization Card (I-766) from USCIS?
      • If you meet both of the criteria above, you are eligible to apply.
    • Gather the necessary documents to bring to the Social Security Office. This includes:
      • Your USCIS-issued Employment Authorization Card (I-766); and
      • At least one of the following documents proving your age and identity:
        • Birth Certificate;
        • Passport;
        • U.S. military record;
        • Religious record showing age or date of birth;
        • School record showing age or date of birth;
        • School identification card; or
        • Copy of a medical record.
      • You must bring an original or a certified copy of these documents (the Social Security office will not accept a photocopy, even if it is notarized.)
      • NOTE: Bring an original birth certificate or passport if at all possible, and bring any additional documents from the above list if you have them.
    • Print out and complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).
    • Take the application and the required documents to a Social Security office where you will sign the application. You can find your local office at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator, or by checking the list below.

 

  • WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I APPLY?
    • You should receive a Social Security Card in the mail within 1-4 weeks.

 

  • WHERE ARE THE NEAREST SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES?
    • Berkeley: 2045 Allston Way, Berkeley 94704
    • San Francisco: 1098 Valencia St, San Francisco 94110
    • San Francisco: 560 Kearny St., San Francisco 94108
    • Fremont: 3100 Mowry Ave., Ste. 100, Fremont 94538
    • Hayward: 24301 Southland Dr., Suite 500, Hayward 94545
    • San Jose: 2500 Fontaine Rd., San Jose 95121
    • Oakland: 238 11th St., Oakland 94607
    • San Mateo: 800 S. Claremont St., San Mateo 94402
    • Richmond: 3164 Garrity Way, Richmond 94806

 

For more information visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call (800) 772-1213. Information Provided by the UC Berkeley School of Law, International Human Rights Clinic