I have no experience with the Numident (see below) as I always have ordered
the copy of the original--I like having a piece of history, a piece of the
The Application form (SS-5) contains spaces for the following information:
full name, full name at birth, (including maiden name), present mailing
address, age at last birthday, date of birth, place of birth (city, county,
state), father's full name "regardless of whether living or dead", mother's full
name (including maiden name) "regardless of whether living or dead", sex, race,
"ever applied for SS#/railroad retirement before?", current employer's name
and address, date signed, applicant's signature.
Assuming that the person filling out the application knew all of the above
information and wrote it accurately, this form can be very helpful. I have
found errors--sometimes people didn't know certain things about themselves, or
knew something that was inaccurate, or someone else filled out the form for
Social Security Applications can be ordered by writing a letter to:
Social Security Administration
Office of Earnings Operations
300 N. Greene St.
P.O. Box 33022
Baltimore, MD 21290
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request
Dear Freedom of Information Officer,
I am writing this request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C.
section 552. I hereby request a copy of the SS-5 Application for Social
Security Card or a corresponding NUMIDENT printout (see below) for the following
This individual is deceased, having been listed in the Social Security
Administration's Death Master File. I understand the fee for this service is
$27 for copy of original SS-5 application OR $16 for a copy of an abbrieviated
NUMIDENT printout when the Social Security Number is provided. I am
requesting a (circle one: SS-5 copy OR NUMIDENT printout). Included is a check
for $____ made out to the Social Security Administration to cover any
administrative costs required by this request.
Please respond to my request upon receipt of this initial correspondence.
Thank you for your attention and assistance.
Daytime Phone #