The Three Types of Social Security Cards

The Social Security Administration issues three types of Social Security cards. All cards show your name and Social Security number.


Shows your name and Social Security number with notes, “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT.”

We issue it to people from other countries who:

  • are lawfully admitted to the United States without work authorization from DHS, but have a valid non-work reason for needing a Social Security number; or

  • need a number because of a federal law requiring a Social Security number to get a benefit or service

None of the information contained in this web site should be construed as legal advice. All forms, policies, information and procedures should be reviewed by your legal counsel before being used in any way.

Scroll to Top