Social Security

Social Security Administration

Because the Consulate is a non-claims taking post, the Consulate only accepts applications for Social Security Administration claims for retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Social Security number applications, and all post-entitlement activities affecting beneficiaries under the various programs, i.e., changes of address, issues involving direct deposit of SAA checks, nonreceipt of check allegations and death terminations.

If you would like information on how to apply for social security retirement benefits, or for instructions on how to replace, correct, or change your name on your Social Security Card, see the Social Security Administration (SSA) website. This site also has a downloadable application form, the (SS-5) and tells you what kind of identification you need to send along with your application form.

Department of Veteran Affairs

Because the Consulate is a non-claims taking post, the Consulate only accepts Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) claims and forward them to the Department of Veteran Affairs Office. The Department of Veteran Affairs website offers details of benefits available, and downloadable benefits forms.

Office of Personnel Management

The Office of Personnel Management website offers information for federal employee benefits such as retirement programs, thrift plans, and health insurance.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor website offers information on benefits programs such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers’ compensation programs, (Black Lung, FECA, Longshore).

Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation’s railroad workers and their families. The RRB also administers certain Social Security benefit payments and railroad workers’ Medicare coverage.

Click to download social security form SS-5-FS (PDF 206 KB)

If you never had a social security number before, but are entitled to one (you are an American citizen), or if you need to replace your social security card, please visit the U.S. Consulate during ACS hours (M-W-F, 0900-1100) or during our consular visits to St. Maarten and Aruba.

In order to apply, you need the following documents:

  1. Proof of age (birth certificate)
  2. Proof of citizenship (passport)
  3. If you are 12 years or older, you must apply in person and submit a written document in which an explanation is provided on why a social security number was never applied for.
  4. If parents are applying for their minor child (in concurrence with a birth certificate) a copy of the (U.S.) parent is also required.
  5. Completed SS-5-FS form.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.  We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.

We will copy and certify your records so that you do not have to send original documents through the mail. Do NOT mail original documents to the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland.

Social Security will mail your number and card as soon as your documents have been verified with the issuing entity. This takes about 3 months if you apply from the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba. If you need your Social Security number urgently, you should apply directly with a Social Security office in the U.S.

For more information, please visit the Social Security website.

Because the Consulate is a non-claims taking post, the Consulate only accepts applications for Social Security Administration claims for retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Social Security number applications, and all post-entitlement activities affecting beneficiaries under the various programs, i.e., changes of address, issues involving direct deposit of SAA checks, nonreceipt of check allegations and death terminations.

If you live in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba you may wish to apply directly to the Social Security Administration for benefits. You should therefore write to the following address, explain in writing why you think you are eligible to receive benefits and include supporting documentation.  You will be sent the correct forms to fill out.

Social Security Administration
PO BOX 17769
Baltimore, MD 21235

You can also apply for benefits online at the Social Security website.

For more information, call (00-) 1-800-772-1213  (This number is not free of charge if you call from outside of the United States. You will be charged international direct dialing rates.)

Please visit the Social Security website for more information on payments outside the U.S.

Contact the ACS unit if you need assistance with receipt of your monthly social security check, have a change of address or if you have questions about direct deposit.