Your Passport And Social Security Number

Getting a passport can feel like a daunting task. You must have several documents to prove your identity, and one of those is a United States Social Security card. You must provide Social Security number in order to apply for your US passport. If you don’t have you Social Security Card, you should order a replacement card for when you apply for your passport. Having a Social Security card is very important. It can save you some time now, and hassle in the future.

Using Your Social Security To Get A Passport

Most American citizens know a US passport is required for most international travel. This includes all air travel as well as travel by car into Canada and Mexico. Passports are issued to citizens of the United States by the State Department.

To complete a passport application—and have a passport issued, you must provide the correct supporting documentation to the State Department.

The Process of Getting A New Passport

To get a passport, applicants need to fill out Form DS-11, provided by the US State Department. This is a form called “Application for a U.S. Passport” and it must be completed before a passport request is processed. Be weary of many imitators that create copies of this document in order to solicit personal information. Make sure you are using a .GOV website.

This form can be filled out online, but then printed and signed in front of a passport acceptance agent. One of the simplest and most convenient ways to do this is by finding one of the many post office locations that process passport applications. This step is very important because it will invalidate your application if not followed. The forms will remind you.

If you complete the form with pen, make sure to use black ink. You will need to fill out personal information like your address, information about your birthplace, a physical description, and your social security number.

Proving Your Citizenship Status

You must also submit proof of citizenship with your passport application. You can show an old passport, a birth certificate that is both certified and government-issued or a consular report of birth abroad, you can also show a naturalization certificate or a certificate of citizenship.

If you do not have any of these documents, you may be able to use secondary documentation. This could include early public records, like a hospital birth certificate or school records along with a birth record, birth affidavit or a government-issued letter showing no birth record could be found.

Proving Your Identity

Additionally, you must be able to provide proof of identity with your passport application. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • An old passport
  • A naturalization certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • Military ID card
  • Any other current government-issued ID

You will need to submit a photocopy of your identity documents with your passport application. Make sure to include both sides of your identification documents.

If you do not have proper proof of identity, you’ll need to submit several forms of secondary identification. This could include your social security card, a credit card or an employee ID. You can also have an identifying witness swear to your identity.

Necessary Passport Photograph

With your passport application, you will also need to provide a picture. It must be very specific and abide by the government standards.

Passport Photo Requirements

Your passport photo should be a single two-inch by two-inch color photo. The photo can’t be older than six months, and must be taken in front of a white or off-white background.

Make sure to look directly into the camera with a neutral expression. You should not wear glasses, a hat or other head covering—unless you have a signed statement that the head covering is for religious purposes.

Getting Your Child’s First Passport

If you have a child under 16 who needs a passport, his or her passport application has to be accompanied by your proof of identity.

You can prove your relationship between you and your child by presenting a birth certificate, adoption decree or court order. If both parents cannot be present when the child’s application is submitted, you’ll need to submit proof of sole guardianship or submit a notarized statement from the absent parent which grants permission for a passport to be issued—if you fail to provide this information, a passport will not be issued.

How to Renew Your Passport With SSN

To renew your passport, you’ll need to fill out a Form DS-82, which requires your social security number. You can send in your old passport, a new photo, and proof of name change if your name is now different from your last passport.

You can fill out this application online through the .gov passport website, or you can print out this PDF, fill it out, and then mail it to the nearest passport office.

Keeping Your Passport and SSN Safe

In today’s world, it is extremely important to keep your identity safe. This means keeping your passport and your social security cards in safe places. You do not want to carry them around with you on a daily basis—for example, do not carry them in your wallet or purse.

A lot of websites and services will ask you to enter your Social Security number online. Protecting your SSN online will help you avoid identity theft and potential fraud in the future. Hackers have many ways of getting a hold of your information, and you should be careful when keeping or using sensitive information on your computer.

If your social security number or passport were to fall into the wrong hands, they could be used for things like buying a car or opening a credit card—in your name. Even if you are traveling in a foreign country, make sure to leave your passport in your hotel (consider using the hotel room safe). You can carry a photocopy of the passport picture page if you would like to be cautious.

You Will Need Your SSN To Get A Passport

The IRS requires every citizen to provide his or her Social Security Number when they apply for a US passport or renew their US passport. If you do not have a SSN, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration to get a number.


How Long Does It Take To Get A Passport?

The passport process can take 4-6 weeks to go through receiving the application, processing it, and getting your passport book in the mail.

You can pay $60 for an expedite service which will give you a faster passport processing time. In addiction, you can pay about $16 for an overnight mail delivery, once the passport is processed and printed.

Can I Travel With A Passport That Expires Soon?

If your passport is expired, it depends on the airline and how where you are flying. International flights will be strict in your requirements. They may not let you fly with an expired passport unless you are able to prove your citizenship and identity. Even then, with an expired passport you may have to be polite and approach them about your situation at an appropriate time.

If you’re flying domestically, most airlines will just have you prove your identity, and your citizenship. Your expired passport will count as proof of your identity, but you could have lost your citizenship since then. You will have to provide another document, like a government-issued ID to be let through.

Do Kids Need A Passport To Travel?

Children need the same ID documents as parents when traveling domestically or internationally. If you are traveling by plane, they will need a passport and another form of ID.

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Passport?

Passport book fees are broken down like this:

  • $110 for an adult
  • $80 for a child under 16
Elliot Marks

Elliot Marks

Author & Social Security Advisor

Elliot Marks has spent over 10 years providing clear and concise information to help Americans navigate the complex nuances of social security and many other government services in the United States. Elliot has a passion for helping those in need of these services to be able to find timely access to news and information that is relevant and helpful to their daily lives.