When you need Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits for your dependent child in New England, you are required to provide both a birth certificate and a Social Security number. If you are like many parents, you may not be able to get your hands on both! But never fear; there are ways to get a replacement for either one.
Replacing Your Child's Missing SSA Card
To replace an SSA card for a child if you do not know the child's number will require documents proving the child's identity and citizenship. You will also need to prove your identity and relationship to the child.
If you know the child's social security number but have lost the card, it is simpler. In fact, you may not need to replace the card at all. Call your local SSA office if you are in doubt. The wait time for a replacement card is about ten days from the time they receive your request.
Replacing Your Child's Missing Birth Certificate
If you have lost a birth certificate, it may take a bit longer to get a replacement. You will need to write or visit the "Registry of Vital Records and Statistics" in the state where your child was born.
In Massachusetts, this office is in Dorchester and charges $18 if you apply in person and $28 if you apply by mail. You can find your child's birth state office information by searching for "replace birth certificate" online.
Questions About Dependent Disability Benefits?
If you are feeling confused or lost in the process of applying for dependent disability benefits for your child, the New England firm of Keefe Disability Law can help you get it all together. Call us toll free today at 888-904-6847 for a free consultation.