Social Security Numbers
How to Apply for a Social Security Number
In order to be eligible to work, and to get paid, you must have a social security number. First step is to obtain a Verification of Employment letter from your supervisor in the office/department in which you're working. This is a sample Verification of Employment letter. F-1 students, you should then schedule an appointment with International Services and bring the Verification of Employment letter. International Services will write you a Work Eligibility Letter.
J-1 students, you will need to obtain a Work Eligibility Letter from your sponsoring agency or whomever signs your DS-2019.
You can apply for a SSN no earlier than 30 days before your employment start date.
- Gather the following documents:
- Take all the above documents to the Lima branch of the Social Security Office.
Their office is open Monday-Friday (9:00am-3:00pm) except Wednesdays (9:00am - 12:00pm) and is located at:
401 West North Street
Lima, OH 45801
McIntosh: Room 220
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.