How to Get Your Social Security Card 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 License.
The Social Security Administration has published a helpful brochure for DACA recipients, available at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/deferred_action.pdf.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

  1. 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.
  2. Gather the necessary documents to bring to the Social Security Office:
    • Your USCIS-issued Employment Authorization Card (I-766) and
    • At least one of the following documents proving your age and identity. You must bring an original or a certified copy (the Social Security office will not accept a photocopy, even if it is notarized.)
    • 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.

    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.

  3. Print out and complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5): https://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5fs.html.
  4. 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 in 1-4 weeks.

WHERE ARE THE NEAREST SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES?

  • Berkeley: 2045 Allston Way, Berkeley 94704
  • San Francisco: 1098 Valencia St, San Francisco 94110
  • Fremont: 3100 Mowry Ave., Ste. 100, Fremont 94538
  • San Francisco: 560 Kearny St., San Francisco 94108
  • 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