✎ Key Points:
» To lock your Social Security Number, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or visit https://www.ssa.gov/ and connect with a representative then request to block all access to your SSN.
» You can use the E-Verify® service at www.e-verify.gov to self-lock your SSN for employment eligibility verification. There find the SSN self-lock option, and take the procedures to lock your Social Security Number.
How To Lock Your Social Security Number:
You can try the following methods to lock your Social Security Number:
1. Calling the Social Security Administration
You can block electronic access to your Social Security Number by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
🔴 Steps To Follow:
Step 1: First of all, dial 1-800-772-1213 to reach the Social Security Administration or contact visiting https://www.ssa.gov/.
Step 2: Then, take the steps to connect with a representative.
Step 3: After that, request to block all access to your Social Security Number.
Step 4: Finally, complete the process as directed by the Administration.
2. Self-lock SSN through E-Verify®
You can place a self-lock on your Social Security Number through E-Verify® at www.e-verify.gov.
🔴 Steps To Follow:
Step 1: First of all, visit www.e-verify.gov, the government service used for employment eligibility verification.
Step 2: Then, find the option or section related to Social Security Number self-lock.
Step 3: Next, take on the next procedures for your SSN to complete the online process.
Now, complete any additional verification to secure your Social Security Number and lock it.
There are some steps you can take to get a new Social Security Number.
How To Unlock Your Social Security Number:
There are some steps you can take if you later change your mind and want to unlock your Social Security Number:
▸ If you’re locked by yourself then log in to your myE-Verify account using your Social Security account credentials and then unlock your Social Security number (SSN).
▸ You have to make sure that your SSN is unlocked before starting a new job with an E-Verify employer.
▸ If your SSN is locked by the Social Security Administration then just call them at 1-800-772-1213 and ask them to unblock the SSN.
▸ You will need to provide additional details for unblocking this.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why is my Social Security number locked?
Your Social Security number may be locked due to entering incorrect information, whether by you or someone else. This security standard is to safeguard your personal information.
2. Is it free to lock my Social Security number?
The Social Security Administration provides a lock system through E-Verify. This allows you to immediately prevent unauthorized use of your Social Security number when applying for a job or a new credit account.
3. Can an SSN be deactivated?
Your Social Security number cannot be deactivated or suspended. You should notify the Social Security Administration if you see scam messages that falsely claim such actions.