I have lost or misplaced my (or my child’s) Social Security Card. I am (or my child is) a U.S. citizen or legal Permanent Resident Alien. How can I find out my Social Security Number? How do I replace the card?
Provide the following original documents, or a copy certified by the agency that issued the original document, or a copy certified by the US Consular services – photocopies are not acceptable.
The completed application and documents should be mailed to: US Embassy, FBU, 4 Ave Gabriel, 75382 Paris Cedex 8.
Do NOT mail any original documents from abroad to France.
If you reside in SWITZERLAND, you should contact the US Embassy in Bern to get the original documents certified and then send the certified copies with the SS-5 application by post to Paris. American Embassy, FBU, 4 Ave Gabriel, 75382 Paris Cedex 08. To contact the US Embassy in Bern you can consult: https://ch.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/ssa-certcopies/
If you reside in one of the AFRICAN COUNTRIES that FBU Paris serves, you should get the original dcouments certified by your US Consulate and then send the certifiied copies with the SS-5 application by post to Paris. American Embassy, FBU, 4 Ave Gabriel, 75382 Paris Cedex 08.
Applicants residing in FRANCE should send the original documents by post along with a prepaid return envelope.
Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, page 5 of the Form SS-5-FS (https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5fs.pdf) – all questions must be answered and legible and the form must be signed.
1. Proof of the child’s birth
2. Proof of the child’s U.S. Citizenship
3. Proof of the child’s identity
4. Proof of the identity of the parent signing the application
5. Provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope (e.g. Chronopost for France, Colissimo, a lettre suivie, or Lettre recommandée avec avis de réception) 500g for return of the original documents.
Anyone over the age of 12 filing for the first time must present themselves in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Arrange a visit to your local Embassy or Consulate
You must also complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS – all questions must be answered and legible.
You must provide the following original documents – we do not accept photocopies. It will expedite your visit to the Embassy if you bring in your original documents AND photocopies. We will review and retain the photocopies, and return your original documents to you.
Proof of birth
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Proof of identity
If you receive paper checks, you must wait until after the 25th of the month to report non-receipt of your payment. We cannot take action until this date.
If you have bank direct deposit, please contact the bank first. Then, contact us if the payment has not reached your bank account by the 10th of the month. When reporting non-receipt, please tell us the date the check was supposed to be paid or deposited.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you did not receive a payment in the month of February of any year, your payments may have been suspended if we did not receive the Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire returned timely. Checks are stopped in February of every year if we do not receive the questionnaire. Depending on the country you reside, the Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire may be sent every year or every other year. The questionnaires are mailed out in the spring, and a follow-up mailing is sent in the fall.
If you have not received the Questionnaire, please Contact us.
You should apply for a replacement card even if you cannot recall your Social Security Number. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS – all questions must be answered and legible.
Provide an original identity document – a photocopy is not acceptable. The completed application and identity document should be mailed to our office.
Suitable proof of identity documents:
If the replacement card is for a child, we need to see proof of identity for both the child and the parent who signs the form.
SSN needed for U.S. PASSPORT application: If you cannot recall your (or your child’s) Social Security Number and need it for a U.S. Passport application you should apply for a replacement SSN card, per instructions above. Please expect to wait at least one month for the replacement card application to be processed and the card mailed from the U.S. Note: This process cannot be expedited.
If the name on your identity document differs from the name on your last Social Security Number record, see below for instructions on how to change the name on your record.
For faster service, send this information using one of the methods described here.
You must provide your new and old address.
If you reside outside the U.S. for over 3 months, you must change your address to the foreign address.
If you are moving from the U.S. to an overseas location such as France, you must complete and sign form SSA-21.
Send it to us with the originals of your:
All originals will be returned to you right away. You may enclose a self-addressed envelope to expedite the return of the documents to you.
Please count a delay of 4 to 8 weeks before receiving your amended card.
There may be benefits due to survivors, and a prompt notification will prevent possible overpayments which must be repaid.
Any payments sent the month after the beneficiary dies must be returned to Social Security. If you do not have a death certificate yet, do not wait to report a death of a beneficiary receiving payments.
Contact Us immediately to report the death.
Please visit this website page for information on Retirement Benefits.
Please visit this website page for information on Disability Benefits.
Information for representative payees and their obligations can be found at www.ssa.gov/payee.
For assistance, please Contact Us.
For yearly benefits statements, request the Form SSA-1099/1042S. You will receive the form by mail at the address you have registered with the Social Security Administration.
For monthly benefits statements, please Contact Us by email and explain the reasons why you need such a statement.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This service is available during the following hours:
To terminate Medicare Part B, please mail a signed statement requesting to terminate Medicare Part B. Include your name, address, date of birth and Social Security Number.
Sign and date the statement and mail it to:
Federal Benefits Unit/OAS
The Windfall Elimination Provision is a Social Security law that applies to beneficiaries who are receiving full benefits from different pension agencies i.e. a pension from France and a pension from the Social Security Administration. As a result, your Social Security Pension will be reduced by a certain percentage; depending on the amount of “years of substantial earnings”, you have contributed towards Social Security.
For more information concerning the Windfall Elimination Provisions please see:
The Windfall Elimination Provision does not apply if:
The United States has bilateral Social Security agreements with 24 countries most commonly known as Totalization Agreements. The agreements improve benefit protection for workers who have divided their careers between the United States and another country. They also eliminate dual Social Security coverage and taxes for multinational companies and expatriate workers. See an overview of the agreement between USA and France.
You can obtain your Social Security Statement online at my Social Security if you have a US, APO, DPO, or FPO address. The My Social Security system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for establishing an account. The system does not support foreign addresses.
If you are unable to establish an online account, you can receive the Social Security Statement by completing the Form SSA-7004.(PDF-666Kb).
The completed form must be mailed to:
Social Security Administration
Wilkes Barre Data Operations Center
P.O. Box 7004
Wilkes Barre, PA 18767-7004
Please allow up to four months to receive a response to the written request for a Social Security Statement.
You can also visit the French website http://www.cleiss.fr/docs/textes/ for information on how the agreement works in France. See this page for information on filing for French retirement.
For questions regarding French retirement, please contact your local French agency directly.
Complete for Form SSA-7050-F4 and mail it along with fees to Social Security.
The completed form must be mailed to:
Social Security Administration
Division of Earnings Record Operations
P.O. Box 33003
Baltimore, Maryland 21290-3003.
The Division of Earnings Record Operations is the only component that is authorized to complete this information. Allow up to four to six months to receive a response.
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The online hours of operation are:
Please contact IRS or your French local tax office