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Social Security Number (SSN)

A Social Security Number (SSN) is for employment purposes only.  You can only apply for a social security number if you have a job and have been in the U.S. for 10 or more days.

The SSN is also used to track your credit and work history.  Many vendors will require a social security number to deliver services.  While you are waiting for your social security number, many vendors will allow you to substitute your student ID number until your social security number is obtained.  Never give your SSN to anyone other than a merchant who requires it or your bank.  This number should be kept confidential. It’s safer to memorize the number, rather than carry the card with you.  Not only is there a risk for it to be stolen, but also it is difficult to replace if it is lost.

To obtain a SSN, you will have to drive or take a bus or taxi to the Social Security Office.

Social Security Office
120 Athens Way
Nashville, TN 37228

From Vanderbilt, take 21st Avenue South away from downtown. Turn the 2nd left onto Broadway. Turn left at George L Davis Blvd, take ramp on the left onto I-40W/I-65N. Continue to follow I-65N. Take exit 85 for 8th Ave/US Hwy 41 Alt toward State Capitol/Metro Center Blvd. Turn left at Metrocenter Blvd. Turn right at Athens Way. Social Security is the last building on the right.

Be sure to bring the following with you when you go to apply:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid I-94
  • All original I-20s (For F-1 Students only)
  • All original DS-2019s (For J-1 Visa Only)
  • Letter of Employment (Appointment Letter)
    or Social Security Letter Form (For Students Only)
  • Peabody students applying for a Teaching License should take a copy of the Teaching License application as proof of need for an SSN

If you have any problems with your SSN application, please visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/social-security-i-9-and-tax/social-security/social-security-i-9-and-taxproblems/

For more information about your SSN, please visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/social-security-i-9-and-tax/social-security/