Raising children requires a lot of responsibility and is a full-time job. The social security card is an important document and ID that your child should have. This means that it should be taken great care of. However, if you lose your child’s card you can replace it very easily if the proper process is followed.
The process of applying for the replacement social security card for a child is very different from the process of applying that of an adult. There are a few reasons as to why you should replace your child’s social security card once lost. They include:
- Applying for a passport. When applying for a passport, one is required to have a social security number. This is a requirement by the federal government that you will need to provide. Without a social security card processing of your child’s passport will be delayed. Having a social security number and not providing it while applying for the child’s passport could lead to a fine and this will cost you a lot of money. Replace your child’s social security card in advance to avoid any delays.
- To seek employment. When your child is of age, they will have to look for employment or work part-time so as to finance themselves. In many organizations and companies, they need to ensure that you can legally work in the country. They do this through E-Verify which is a program that ensures that. For your child to be allowed to work there, they should have a social security number. Once employed, the employer will use the number for the state income taxing report. The amount of income the employee makes will become known to the Internal Revenue Service.
- Applying for a federal student loan. Educating a child can be very expensive especially when you want your child to get the best education. Money should not be a problem as the government offers student loans. To ensure that you are eligible for the loan, the government will need to use your social security number. There are other requirements that one is needed to meet before being given the loans and they include: you should not be in default on any other federal law, you must have an eligible citizenship status or visitors status. For the male applicants, they have to register with the Selective Service.
The social security card number can also be useful when it comes to applying for any public assistance for your child for example if they are disabled. The number is to ensure that people are not claiming benefits that they are not entitled to. If you want to open an account for your child in any financial institution, you will need the social security number. If you lose the card you will require a few documents to show proof of citizenship. Once you have applied for the replacement, it will take around 10 days to receive the card. This process is free and will not cost you anything.
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