Learn more about Social Security in Israel here.
Please note: The Social Security Administration in Israel is difficult to reach. Whenever possible, we recommend contacting the offices in the U.S. and even submitting applications there when possible.
To apply only for Social Security, make an appointment on the FBU’s new calendar page online in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. For follow-up or other inquiries, contact the SSA as follows.
Applying for a Child Under Age 12
When applying for a Social Security number for the first time together with a report of birth and passport in the Jerusalem Embassy, a separate appointment is not necessary. Simply add form SS-5-FS to the rest of the forms you present and request that your child receive a Social Security card.
To apply for a Social Security card separately from a first-time passport, you must schedule an appointment with the FBU. Applications can take several months to be processed. At an in-person application, only one parent (not the child) needs to be present. Present or mail in the following original documents, plus one copy of each. Certified copies without originals are not acceptable.
- Application for a Social Security Card from Abroad, form SS-5-FS, filled out in capital block letters. All questions must be filled out legibly.
- Proof of age: either original U.S. birth certificate (if unavailable, complete Form SSA-L706), foreign birth certificate, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship: original U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport; original Consular Report of Birth Abroad; or original Naturalization or Citizenship Certificate.
- Proof of identity: original U.S. passport or original foreign passport, unexpired and signed.
- If a parent is signing the application, provide proof of parent’s identity: U.S. or foreign passport, unexpired and signed; driver’s license; or country or national I.D. card with a current photo. A parent can sign the form for a child up to age 18; a child can sign the form past age 12.
Note that you are not allowed to submit a Social Security application at an emergency first-time passport appointment.
Although the FBU provides the option to mail in one’s social security application, this is strongly not recommended. Mail-in applications involve sending one’s original documentation, which many times gets lost and is extremely difficult to replace.
Applicants Over Age 12
If the Social Security card applicant is over 12 years old, he or she must appear in person at the Social Security Administration with one parent for an interview. Schedule an appointment or by sending a query via their online Contact Form and appear in person with the required documents and copies listed above.
Replacing a Social Security Card
To apply for a replacement, make an appointment with Social Security. Submit form SS-5, filled out in capital block letters, along with proof of identity. For children under age 18, also submit one parent’s proof of identity.
Changing Your Name
To change the name on your social security card, make an appointment with Social Security. Submit form SS-5, filled out in capital block letters. You will also need a legal name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) and proof of identification showing the new name.
Contacting the office
For any questions or assistance required regarding Social Security, send your query via their online Contact Form.