Social Security

Application for a new Social Security Number (SSN) Card

For this information you can also visit: http://socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/. For basic information on applying for a social security number for your child read this Document from SocialSecurity.gov (PDF, 463kb).

The first-time SSN application process takes around 6 to 8 months. The card will be mailed to the address you write on the form, to avoid delays, if possible use a US address on form SS-5 so the card will be sent to that secure address.

For children under age 12, the documents needed for a new social security card application are:

  • Form SS-5 completed and signed by one U.S. citizen parent
  • Copy of Uruguayan and U.S. birth certificates (if dual citizen)
  • Copy of Child’s passport (U.S. passport if U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of Signing parent’s valid passport (contact us if neither parent is a U.S. citizen)
  • Letter addressed to the Social Security Administration: Short explanation why the child didn’t get the – SSN when he/she was registered as a U.S. citizen
  • When you have gathered all of these documents, please come to the Embassy on a Monday from 1-2 pm:

For children over 12 years old, the documents needed for a new social security card application are:

  • Form SS-5 completed and signed by one U.S. citizen parent
  • Copy of Uruguayan and US birth certificates (if dual citizen)
  • Copy of Child’s passport (U.S. passport if U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of signing parent’s valid passport (U.S. passport)
  • Letter addressed to the Social Security Administration: Short explanation of why the child didn’t get the SSN when he/she was registered as a U.S. citizen
  • School certification of the years of education outside de United States
  • Employment certification outside the United States (if the application is made after you finish your studies and have started working)
  • When you have gathered all of these documents (for first time applicants over 12 only) please come to the Embassy on a Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Application to reissue a lost, stolen or destroyed SSN card:

For this information you can also visit: http://ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

The SSN reissue process takes around 4 to 6 months. The card will be mailed to the address you write on the form, to avoid delays, if possible use a US address on form SS-5 so the card will be sent to that secure address.

You will need:

  • Form SS-5 completed and signed (for minors, signature of one US citizen parent)
  • Copy of card holder’s valid ID (US passport if US citizen)
  • Copy of  Certification of Naturalization or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (if dual citizen)
  • Uruguayan AND US birth certificate (if dual citizen)
  • Signing parent’s valid passport (US passport if US citizen)
  • Letter addressed to the SSA with a short explanation of what happened to the previous card
  • When you have gathered all of these documents, please come to the Embassy on a Monday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

Application to get only the Social Security number by email:

If you have lost or misplaced your child’s or your own SS card, don’t remember the SS number  and don’t have time to wait for the reissue process, this will get you your SS number via email in 10 business days.

You will need:

  • Form SSA-3288, completed (include your email address) and signed (for minors, signature of parents)
  • Copy of number holder’s valid passport (US passport if US citizen)
  • Copy of signing parent’s passport (US passport if US citizen) (for minors)
  • When you have gathered all of these documents, please come to our Embassy on a Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.