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Social Security Numbers

Requirements and conditions before a social security number & ID card are issued:

The following documents shall be required from individuals applying for Social Security Number:

If applicant is a Marshallese citizen:

  • Birth certificate with the seal from the Ministry of Internal affairs, or
  • Original passport, or
  • Original ID card issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or
  • Valid driver’s license, or
  • Vaccination card issued by the Ministry of Health

If applicant is a naturalized Marshallese:

  • Original Marshallese passport; or
  • Naturalization certificate from the AG’s Office; or
  • Identification card for Marshallese citizens issued by the Department of Internal Affairs

If applicant is a U.S., Palauan or FSM citizen:

  • Birth certificate, or
  • Valid passport (original)

If applicant is a non- Marshallese, U.S., Palauan or FSM citizen:

  • Original valid passport, and
  • Valid entry permit from the Immigration Office, and
  • Valid alien registration certificate from the Immigration Office, and
  • Valid working permit from the Labor Office, and
  • Valid employment contract if applicant is an employee

Note 1: RMI government employees (under PSC) are exempted from the work permit required by the Labor Office.
Note 2: For foreign students, proof of school attendance is required, aside from the above documents.

Note 3: If applicant claims to be a half-Marshallese or related to a Marshallese, his or her citizenship shall be based on what passport he or she carries.

Note 4: If applicant claims that his or her work permit, entry permit and alien registration are not yet available (still being processed), no social security number shall be issued unless there is a written confirmation from the Labor and Immigration Offices.

Note 5: No SS number shall be issued if the entry permit or alien registration certificate shows that the applicant is a dependent, even if the applicant is already issued a valid work permit by the Labor Office.

If applicant is a volunteer (i.e. Worldteach Teacher, JOCV volunteer):

  • original passport, and
  • any proof of being a volunteer

If applicant is a missionary and non-Marshallese, U.S., Palauan or FSM citizen:

  • Valid original passport, and
  • Certification from the sponsor, and
  • Valid entry permit from the Immigration Office, and
  • Valid alien registration certificate from the Immigration Office

If applicant is from the diplomatic corps:

  • Valid original passport, and
  • Marshallese diplomatic visa or Embassy certificate

No social security number shall be issued to dependents of non-resident workers who are not legally authorized to work in the Marshall Islands.

Dependents of non-resident workers who are students enrolled in Marshallese schools may be given social security numbers, but have to present proof of enrollment.

Replacement of SS identification cards

A fee of $5 per card shall be charged for replacement of social security ID cards, except for retirees.