Welcoming a baby into your family is an exciting time. Doing paperwork, even for something as important as a social security number for your newborn, is probably one of the last things you want to do. We’ve made it easy. If your child is born in a hospital, it is best to request a social security number at that hospital before you leave.
When you provide information for your child’s birth certificate at the hospital, you will be asked whether you want to apply for a citizen service number (BSN) for your child. If you answer yes, you will be asked to provide the social security number of both parents. Even if you do not know the social security numbers of both parents, you can still request a number for your child.
There are many reasons why your child should have a Social Security number. You need a citizen service number (BSN) to declare your child as a dependent on your income tax return. You may also need a number for your child if you plan to do the following for your child:
Open a bank account.
Buy savings bonds.
Get medical coverage.
Apply for government services.
You can find more information by reading the social security number for children at: www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10023.pdf.
Please share this information with people who are having a baby. Applying for a social security number at the hospital will save them time and let them focus on their new bundle of joy.