Having an SSS number is your first step to enjoying the benefits of being a member of the Social Security System (SSS)—the government-run social insurance program in the Philippines.
You’ll probably get an SSS number to fulfill your requirements for your first job, but this number is more than just a requirement for employment.
Find out what an SSS number is used for and how to get one easily through this guide.
Table of Contents
- What Is an SSS Number?
- Why Do You Need To Get an SSS Number?
- Who Can Get an SSS Number?
- Requirements for SSS Number Application
How To Get SSS Number Online in the Philippines: A Step-by-Step Guide
- 1. Visit the SSS website
- 2. Hover your cursor to “Apply For An SS Number Online” and click the link that says “No SS Number yet? Get it here!”
- 3. Read the step-by-step guide and click the “Start” button to proceed
- 4. Complete the “Registrant Record Verification” by entering the required information
- 5. Wait for the email notification containing the link to the registration’s second phase
- 6. Complete the online form by providing the necessary information
- 7. Review the information you have entered and submit your registration to generate your SS number
- 8. Upload a digital copy of your valid ID to finalize your registration
- 9. Click the link in the confirmation email to set your My.SSS account password
Tips and Warnings
- 1. Don’t get more than one SSS number
- 2. Having an SSS number doesn’t mean you’re already a member and entitled to SSS benefits
- 3. Beware of fake SSS agents
- 4. Follow the official SSS Facebook page
- 5. New members who didn’t complete online registration due to internet connectivity issues may proceed to the nearest SSS office
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Is CRN the same as SSS number?
- 2. How do I recover my lost/forgotten SSS number?
- 3. What’s the difference between temporary and permanent SSS number? How can I change a temporary SSS number to a permanent one?
- 4. Can students apply for an SSS number?
- 5. Can senior citizens apply for an SSS number?
- 6. Can I get an SSS number even if I’m unemployed?
- 7. Are kasambahays required to get an SSS number? How?
- 8. How can I update my SSS membership information (e.g., civil status, birth date, name, contact details, beneficiaries)?
What Is an SSS Number?
The Social Security Number or SSS number is a 10-digit number assigned to Filipinos who apply for membership with the SSS. It’s used in all transactions with the SSS, such as availing of benefits and loans.
Why Do You Need To Get an SSS Number?
1. Job Requirement
Each time you get a new job, your employer will ask for your SSS number. Under the Social Security Law1, employers cannot hire a person without an SSS number, so you must provide this number to get hired.
2. SSS Contribution Payment
Employers use the SSS number to report new employees and remit contribution payments (which are part of salary deductions) to the SSS.
Employers in the Philippines who don’t comply with this requirement face penalties under the law.
3. Availment of SSS Benefits
Your SSS number is crucial for computing your paid contributions, which determines how much benefit you can claim from the SSS.
Having an SSS number and meeting certain qualifications entitle a member to these SSS benefits:
- Salary loan – Members can borrow money from the SSS to meet their short-term cash needs.
- Sickness – When members can’t work due to an injury or illness, they can avail of a sickness benefit that pays a cash allowance for each day they’re confined in a hospital or at home.
- Unemployment insurance – The newly enacted Social Security Act of 2018 requires the SSS to provide a cash allowance to involuntarily separated employees for two months to help them get by while finding a new job.
- Maternity – Daily cash allowance is given to female SSS members who can’t work due to childbirth or miscarriage.
- Disability – Members with a partial or total permanent disability may avail of a cash benefit, which is paid either as a lump sum or monthly pension.
- Retirement – Members who are 60 years old and can’t work anymore receive a cash benefit as a lump sum or monthly pension.
- Death – When an SSS member dies, his or her beneficiaries will receive a cash benefit as a lump sum or monthly pension.
- Funeral – This is a cash benefit given to anyone who paid for the burial costs of a deceased member.
Who Can Get an SSS Number?
Filipinos aged 60 and below who belong to any of the member categories listed here and have not been issued a social security number are required to get an SSS number.
Employees include workers who are on regular, contractual, or probationary status, such as the following:
- Private sector employees
- Household service workers or kasambahays
- Employees of foreign governments or international organizations under administrative agreement with the SSS
2. Self-employed persons
Self-employed individuals are those earning at least PHP 1,000 monthly from their own business or profession, such as the following:
- Entrepreneurs (Partners and single proprietors of businesses)
- Farmers and fishermen
- Informal workers (sidewalk vendors, jeepney or tricycle drivers, etc.)
- Contractual and job order employees working for government agencies who are not covered by the GSIS
- Actors, directors, scriptwriters, journalists/news correspondents, etc.
- Professional athletes, coaches, and trainers licensed by the Games and Amusement Board, as well as jockeys and trainers licensed by the Philippine Racing Commission
3. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
The Social Security Act of 2018 makes SSS coverage mandatory for all OFWs, which means all Filipinos working abroad are now protected under the SSS.
To enjoy such protection, the following overseas Filipinos need to get an SSS number first:
- Workers recruited in the Philippines by foreign employers for deployment abroad
- Filipinos who earn income from outside the country
- Filipinos who are permanent residents in other countries
4. Non-working spouse
If you’re a legal spouse of an SSS member, you’re qualified to get an SSS number as long as you pay your SSS contributions, manage the household in a full-time capacity, and have not registered as an SSS member.
Related Article: How to Register Your SSS Account Online: A Step-By-Step Guide
Requirements for SSS Number Application
Submit copies of the documents listed below. As of September 7, 2021efn_note]Baron, G. (2021). SSS enhances online application of Social Security number. Retrieved 20 December 2021, from https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/07/sss-enhances-online-application-of-social-security-number/[/efn_note], the enhanced online application system of the SSS now enables new registrants to upload the required documents directly to the SSS portal. As a result, applicants no longer have to personally submit them via the dropbox system at SSS offices.
1. Birth certificate or a valid ID
SSS only accepts a birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the local civil registrar.
If you don’t have any birth records with the PSA, you can file for late registration of birth certificate at the local civil registrar in the city or municipality where you’re born.
Without a birth certificate, you can submit any of the following valid IDs instead:
If you don’t have any of those primary IDs, you may submit any two of the following IDs with your correct name and birthdate:
- Alien Certificate of registration
- ATM card (with cardholder’s name)
- Certificate of Confirmation from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
- Certificate of Licensure/Qualification Documents from MARINA
- Certificate of Muslim Filipino Tribal Affiliation from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
- Children’s baptismal certificate
- Children’s birth certificate
- Company ID
- Court Order granting the petition for change of name or birthdate
- Credit card
- Firearm Licence card issued by PNP
- Fishworker’s License issued by BFAR
- GSIS card / Member’s Record / Certificate of Membership
- Health or Medical card
- Homeowner’s Association ID
- ID card issued by LGUs
- ID card issued by any professional association recognized by PRC
- Life insurance policy
- Marriage certificate
- NBI Clearance
- OWWA card
- Pag-IBIG transaction card / Member’s Data Form
- PhilHealth card / Member’s Data Record
- Police Clearance
- Postal ID
- School ID
- Seafarer’s Registration Certificate issued by POEA
- Senior citizen ID
- Student Permit issued by LTO
- TIN card
- Transcript of Records
- Voter’s ID / Affidavit / Certificate of Registration issued by Comelec
2. Additional documents
You may also be required to submit any of these additional documents, depending on your civil status:
- Married: Marriage certificate or copy of spouse’s Member Data Change Request form (SS Form E-4) that indicates the applicant’s name as the legal spouse.
- Widows/widowers: Marriage certificate and death certificate of the deceased spouse or Court Order on the Declaration of Presumptive Death.
- Legally separated: Decree of Legal Separation.
- Annulled: Certificate of Finality of Annulment/Nullity or annotated marriage certificate.
- Divorced: Decree of Divorce and Certificate of Naturalization/Certificate of Divorce (for divorced Muslim applicants).
- With children (to be registered as beneficiaries): Children’s birth certificate or baptismal certificate/Birth certificate with “Legitimated” status/Decree of Adoption.
How To Get SSS Number Online in the Philippines: A Step-by-Step Guide
1. Visit the SSS website
Tick the checkbox that says “I’m not a robot” and click the Submit button to continue.
2. Hover your cursor to “Apply For An SS Number Online” and click the link that says “No SS Number yet? Get it here!”
You will be directed to the screen as shown below. Click the hyperlink here to continue.
3. Read the step-by-step guide and click the “Start” button to proceed
4. Complete the “Registrant Record Verification” by entering the required information
Enter your name, birth date, and email address. Afterward, complete the captcha and tick the checkbox. Click the Submit button to continue.
You’re now done with the first phase of registration and ready for the second phase.
5. Wait for the email notification containing the link to the registration’s second phase
If you can’t find the email in your inbox, check your SPAM or Trash folder.
Once you find the email notification, open it and click the link provided.
Clicking the link will redirect you to the SSS website. You have 5 days to finish your registration before the link expires. Once this link expires, you have to do the previous steps again.
6. Complete the online form by providing the necessary information
Click the Next button at the bottom of the page to proceed to the next page of the registration form.
Note that in this step, you also have to provide your preferred user ID for your My.SSS account. This user ID works like a username which you will use every time you log in.
7. Review the information you have entered and submit your registration to generate your SS number
Once you have submitted your registration, you cannot change any of the encoded information anymore unless you go to the nearest SSS branch.
8. Upload a digital copy of your valid ID to finalize your registration
Once you have successfully uploaded your valid ID, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
9. Click the link in the confirmation email to set your My.SSS account password
Enter the last six digits of your SS number and then your preferred password. Afterward, click Submit.
Tips and Warnings
1. Don’t get more than one SSS number
Your SSS number is meant for lifetime use.
Once you’re issued this number, you should never apply for a new one—even if you lose it, change your civil status, or get a new job.
Having multiple SSS numbers will cause a mix-up in your records, as your contributions have been paid using your different numbers. This will lead to delays in the processing of your SSS benefits and loans in the future.
If you have two or more SSS numbers, go to the nearest SSS branch to request the cancellation of the other numbers and consolidation of all your contributions under just one SSS number.
2. Having an SSS number doesn’t mean you’re already a member and entitled to SSS benefits
You’re not automatically covered as an SSS member when you secure an SSS number.
You’ll become a member who can qualify for SSS benefits only when your employer has reported you for SSS coverage, and you’ve paid at least one-month contribution.
If you’re an OFW, self-employed person, or non-working spouse, your SSS membership starts after you’ve paid at least a one-month contribution.
3. Beware of fake SSS agents
An SSS number is issued free of charge. To be safe, apply using the official SSS website or at any SSS branch.
Also, never disclose your personal information to strangers you meet online to avoid identity theft.
4. Follow the official SSS Facebook page
The SSS regularly posts updates on SSS membership and benefits on its Facebook page.
Its Facebook admins respond to inquiries, so it’s good to follow this page should you need help with your SSS number application and other SSS-related concerns.
5. New members who didn’t complete online registration due to internet connectivity issues may proceed to the nearest SSS office
Due to poor internet connection or other technical issues, some users are unable to complete online registration. However, when they try to click the registration link sent to their email addresses, the system often shows they have already completed the registration process, which is not the case as they have failed to obtain an SSS number.
In case this happens to you, simply bring all the supporting documents and proceed to the nearest SSS office. Explain to the security guard your concern and you’ll be pointed to the appropriate queue intended specifically to handle this type of concern. Wait for your turn; once your number is called, explain once again your issue and present the requirements when asked to. The entire process should be done in less than an hour.
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Frequently Asked Questions
3. What’s the difference between temporary and permanent SSS number? How can I change a temporary SSS number to a permanent one?
8. How can I update my SSS membership information (e.g., civil status, birth date, name, contact details, beneficiaries)?
- Social Security System. Republic Act No. 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018 (2018).