If you’re filling out this form for someone else, check the box that identifies how you’re related to them.
If you’re filling out this form for yourself, check “self.” If this seems like a silly step, keep in mind that there might be a situation where John Smith is filling out the form for his son, also named John Smith, so this step helps prevent any confusion.
If you had a different name at birth or previously went by another name, provide those here. If you already have a Social Security number, write it here. You might need to contact the Social Security Administration to see if you qualify for a number and ask what documentation it requires in your situation. You don’t have to fill out items 6 or 7, but if you want to help with the government’s informational and statistical analysis of SS-5 form users, you can check the boxes that best describe your race or ethnicity. This choice is more of a hassle and might not be an option if your nearest office isn’t within reasonable driving distance, but it eliminates the possibility that sensitive personal documents like your original birth certificate will get lost or stolen in the mail.In order to issue a Social Security number, the Social Security Administration requires evidence that you are eligible to work in the U.