How to Correct Social Security Information

By Hal Bartle
A passport is one form of acceptable identification to use when correcting Social Security information.

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The Social Security Administration is an important agency within the United States Government because it collects money from taxes and distributes it to retirees and those who cannot work in the forms of Social Security disability payments and Supplemental Security Income. In some instances, there may be an error you need to correct in your Social Security information, such as your name or your birth date. If this is the case, you must contact the Social Security Administration to correct the information, and regardless of the information that must be changed, the process is the same.

Obtain an application for a Social Security card. The "Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5)" is available on the Social Security Administration's website or at your local Social Security office.

Complete the application for a Social Security card. The application requires you to provide your name, birth date, Social Security Number, city of birth, sex, citizenship, ethnicity, mother's name and Social Security Number, father's name and Social Security Number, phone number and mailing address.

Gather the necessary identification documents. Depending on the information that needs to be corrected, you will have to provide evidence supporting the change. The most common documents are a birth certificate, a passport or a driver's license. If you are bringing your birth certificate to prove your identity, be sure to also bring an official form of identification that contains your picture, such as your driver's license. The documents must be originals.

Take the completed application and identification documents to your local Social Security office. You can also mail the documents and application, and you will receive the original copies of your identification documents back when the application has been reviewed.

About the Author

Hal Bartle has been writing professionally since 2009. He has been published on various websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Joseph's University and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.

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