Social Security Number Information

A social security number (SSN) is a life long nine digit number that the U.S. government issues to eligible individuals to track income and number of years worked.  All U.S. employees are required to have a social security number to receive payment and to withhold taxes.

Students and scholars who have secured on-campus employment, have PhD fellowships, or have been authorized for off-campus employment may be eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).

If you are interested in applying for a driver's licence but you are not eligible for a social security number you can request a Denial Letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to apply for a Massachusetts Learner's Permit/Driver's License/State ID. You must go in person, to a SSA office with your immigration documents to request a Denial Letter.

Obtaining an SSN

Depending on your immigration status, and the type of employment that you have been authorized for, follow the guidelines below: 

Social Security Offices

Locate your nearest SSA Office using the Social Security Office LocatorAccording to the Social Security Administration, the Waltham and Cambridge SSA Offices are now open to walk-in appointments. It is no longer necessary to call them first to schedule an appointment or to mail them any documents (unless instructed to). It is not possible to apply for a SSN with an employment start date that is more than 30 days in the future.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a receipt confirming that you have applied for a SSN and your SSN card will arrive in the mail within 2 weeks. Please note that there might be delays in receiving your SSN.

The Waltham SSA Office is located at:

135 Beaver St., Suite 120
Waltham, MA 02452