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New Social Security Number or Card for Newborn Baby

In general, you can obtain a Social Security card for a newborn with the assistance of the hospital where the child is born.

The state agency that issues birth certificates will share your child's information with us, and the SSA will mail the Social Security card to you.

If for some reason you can not work with a hospital for this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Gather documents proving your:

  • Child's identity; and
  • US citizenship if you have not established the child's US citizenship with the SSA
  • Immigration status if the child is not a US citizen.

Replace Social Security Card for Child Under 12

This is to replace an child's Social Security card. The procedure is a bit different to replace an adult's Social Security card.

If you need to replace a lost or stolen Social Security card, you must visit a Social Security office or card center, or you must mail in necessary documents.

To obtain a replacement Social Security card :

Step 1: Gather documents proving your:

  • Child's identity; and

Social Security Card Center for Certain Cities

There are six cities which have "Card Centers" :

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Orlando, FL
  • New York, NY (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan)
  • Phoenix, AZ (north Phoenix and downtown Phoenix)
  • Sacramento, CA

If you live in one of these cities, you may need to go to a 'card center' instead of a 'field office'. You must visit a card center if you need a Social Security card, your personal information needs updating, or your employer asked you to visit a Social Security office.

Disability Appeal Hearing Office Workload Data

The following link provides data regarding disability workload indicators (pending cases, receipts, dispositions and average processing time per case) for each hearing office in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR.)

http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/02_HO_Workload_Data.html

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Disability Appeal Data - Administrative Law Judge Disposition Data

The following link is a listing of hearings completion data by name of individual administrative law judges (ALJ) for all ALJs in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The data includes hearing office name, total dispositions, decisions, allowances, denials and fully favorable or partially favorable decisions.

The listing provides historical data regarding how many disability appeal cases are awarded or denied for a given ALJ.

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SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2009

Here is a link to the SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2009. The report provides a wealth of statistical information on SSI.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_asr/index.html/

Highlights :

Size and Scope of the Supplemental Security Income Program

* About 7.7 million people received federally administered payments in December 2009.
* The average monthly payment in December 2009 was $499.
* Total payments for the year were more than $46 billion, including almost $4 billion in federally administered state supplementation.

Profile of Recipients

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Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009

Here is a link to the "Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009". This report provides a wealth of statistical information on the Social Security Disability program.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2009/index.html

Highlights

Size and Scope of the Social Security Disability Program

* Disability benefits were paid to over 8.9 million people.
* Awards to disabled workers (970,696) accounted for over 89 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries (1,081,983).

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Answers about the $250 Social Security recovery (stimulus) payment for 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides for a one-time payment of $250 to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income, or (SSI) beneficiaries, as well as those who receive Railroad Retirement and Veterans benefits.

Here are answers to questions about this payment.

Q. Who will receive a one-time economic recovery payment from Social Security?

How to increase your Social Security retirement benefits after you started receiving them

This outlines an article which outlines how to rescind an earlier decision to take lower Social Security retirement benefits. By rescinding your decision to take early benefits, you can increase your retirement benefits -- but only after you pay back all your previous retirement benefits!

Note that we cover this same concept in this video.

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