“Now is the time to apply for your child’s Social Security card and number if you want to claim them as dependents on your tax return in 2011,” according to Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz, Public Affairs Specialists for Social Security in Minneapolis.
In most cases, parents request a Social Security number for their child when applying for a birth certificate at the hospital. However, if you didn’t apply for the number at the hospital, you must apply at a Social Security office* or by mail. To do so you will need :
•A completed Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5);
•Original documents proving your child’s:
•Original documents proving your identity.