We can assign a different number only if:
- Sequential numbers assigned to members of the same family are causing problems;
- More than one person is assigned or using the same number;
- A victim of identity theft continues to be disadvantaged by using the original number;
- There is a situation of harassment, abuse or life endangerment; or
- An individual has religious or cultural objections to certain numbers or digits in the original number. (We require written documentation in support of the objection from a religious group with which the number holder has an established relationship.)
When we assign a different Social Security number, we do not destroy the original number. We cross-refer the new number with the original number to make sure the person receives credit for all earnings under both numbers.
People who want to ask for a new Social Security number must:
- Apply in person at a Social Security office;
- Complete an application;
- Provide a statement explaining the reasons for needing a new number;
- Provide current, credible, third-party evidence documenting the reasons for needing a new number; and
- Provide original documents establishing:
- U.S. citizenship or work-authorized immigration status;
- Identity; and
- Evidence of a legal name change, if appropriate.
For more information about changing your Social Security number in domestic violence cases, see New Numbers For Domestic Violence Victims.
To request a different Social Security number, contact your local Social Security office for an in-person appointment.