What is a Social Security number and where to get it
Despite its importance, the Social Security number is for many a great unknown. What is the Social Security number? Where can I find it? or is it the same as the membership number? These are some of the usual questions about this Social Security identification number.
In this guide, we will try to solve some of them, and we will tell you that locating it is now easier than ever with Import@ss, the new portal of the General Treasury of Social Security. You can do it in less than a minute from your mobile phone or any device with an internet connection. How to Get a National Insurance Number? What to Do and What Not to Do?
The Social Security Number (NUSS) identifies the citizen in his relations with Social Security.
This identification number is mandatory for any citizen who is a beneficiary of pensions, subsidies, or Social Security benefits.
It is also mandatory prior to your affiliation or for registration in any Social Security scheme.
In addition, it is essential to request inclusion in the health system, unless you do so as a beneficiary of the number of another holder (a child with respect to a father or mother, for example).
Is it the same as the Membership Number (NAF)?
The NUSS coincides with the Affiliation Number (NAF). In fact, the Social Security number becomes the Affiliation Number at the moment in which the citizen begins, for the first time, a work activity that determines their inclusion in the Social Security System, in any of the regimes (general, self-employed, of the Sea, etc).
I need my Social Security/Membership number and I don’t know where to find it
If you need to locate it and you don’t know where to go, you can consult it in a very simple way by accessing Import@ss, you can do it from this link, or from those enabled both on the web, as in the Electronic Headquarters and the application for mobile devices of Social Security.
Once on the portal, you can view it by identifying yourself in your personal area or by clicking on the Personal Data category from where, in addition, you can download a report with your affiliation document in pdf format if you need it.
Remember that you can identify yourself at Import@ss via SMS, with Cl@ve or a digital certificate. In this practical guide you will find all the information about it and how to obtain these identification methods if you do not have them.
You will also be able to locate it, if you work or have worked at some point in your life, in any payroll, work contract, or in your employment history report that you can download by following the steps in this practical guide.
How do I apply for a Social Security number if I don’t have it?
If you are going to work for someone else (you are going to be hired by a company) and you do not have a Social Security Number, the application process for this number must be carried out by the company.
For the rest of the cases, you can request the assignment through this link to Import@ss, with the aforementioned identification methods. Once the NUSS has been assigned, the corresponding Resolution will be issued, which you can print.
If you do not have any of the identification methods described, you can request your procedure online, through this link to Importass, you will need:
- Your identity document (DNI, NIE, or passport).
- An e-mail address.
- A device with a camera to take a picture (computer, mobile…).
- The form TA.1 Affiliation Application/Social Security Number that you can download at this link, together with the instructions to fill it out.
Mandatory for School Insurance
Students, under 28 years of age, who are enrolled in official studies from the 3rd year of Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO) until the end of the 3rd university cycle, will have their own Social Security number as part of the obligation to establish School Insurance.
Is the health care the Social Security number?
No. The health system uses the Social Security affiliation number to issue the health card and register the right to receive health benefits in each of the autonomous communities competent in health care.