FAQ > How do I know my eligibility for an SSN or ITIN?
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-immigrant workers are eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN). All other persons earning income from sources within the U.S. are eligible for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). An ITIN is used to file your tax returns and a W-7 IRS ITIN application form is used to obtain one.
What do I need to get an ITIN number?
The most important document required to obtain an ITIN is your original and valid passport, issued by your country of residence. If you do not have an original passport, then a certified copy can be presented. There are other documents that could also be used to verify your foreign status and identity when a passport is not available.
Applicants may submit ITIN documents:
- Civil birth certificate
- Proof of registration of the foreign voter in the country of residence
- The national or military card abroad ID
- Photo ID issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State for students and non-immigrants
- Identification card issued by any of the fifty states of the United States when verification requirements have been met
The IRS tracks the ITIN numbers that need to be renewed. When it's time for a renewal, the IRS will send you a notice informing you that a renewal application is required. You must continue to use your ITIN until you are eligible to apply for and obtain an SSN.
When you are ready to start
When you are ready to earn revenue in the U.S., ITIN W-7 Application provides an easy-to-use online means to get started. By taking the uncertainty out of the application process, it ensures that everything will go well. Our ITIN line W-7 instructions provide details on the application process and if you need assistance with the ITIN number application, you can rely on our experienced support team to help you.