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The THREE types of US Social Security Numbers

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Hoping to clear the air on this issue:

There are ONLY three (3) types of U.S. Social Security Numbers issued:

Here's the direct US Government link: Types of Social Security Cards

We issue three types of Social Security cards. All cards show your name and Social Security number.

  1. Shows your name and Social Security number and lets you work without restriction.
    We issue it to:
    • U.S. citizens; and
    • People lawfully admitted to the United States on a permanent basis.

[*]Shows your name and number with notes, "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION." We issue this type of card to people lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis who have DHS authorization to work.

[*]Shows your name and number with notes, "NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT."

We issue it to people from other countries:

  • Who are lawfully admitted to the United States without work authorization from DHS, but with a valid non-work reason for needing a Social Security number; or
  • Who need a number because of a federal law requiring a Social Security number to get a benefit or service.

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