Social Security numbers #general

Lisa Lepore <llepore@...>

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On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 14:03:19 UTC, sasha.roxie@...

For people who arrived in the early 1920's and began working without a
Social Security number, did they later have to acquire a number? Did
that involve filling out an application?
They certainly would have filled out an application for a Social Security
number *if* they applied for one, but it was not mandatory in the beginning.
The form is called an SS-5, and you can get a copy of it >from Social Security.
However, you need to look at their ages and occupations because social security
didn't go into effect until 1935, so if they were already older in 1920,
they may not have applied. Also, many self employed people were not eligible,
or did not apply for a number, and people who worked for the railroad had a
separate pension program. Also, it is only since the 1980's that everyone is
required to have a number.

If the people you are asking about lived until the 1960's or so, you might start
seeing a social security number on the death certificates. If you find a number
then there should be an application. Without other evidence of a number, it's
a fairly expensive document to obtain - either 16 or 27 dollars.


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