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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 in the Philippines: Two Ways.
- Option 1: SSS Number Online Application.
- Option 2: SSS Number Walk-in Application.
- Tips and Warnings.
- 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?
- About the Author.
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 Law, 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.
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Requirements for SSS number application.
Present the original or certified true copy and submit the photocopies of the following documents:
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 in the Philippines: Two Ways.
Option 1: SSS Number Online Application.
1. Visit the SSS website.
Click here to get to the page that says “No SSS Number Yet? Apply Online!”
Click the link on that page—this will take you to the SSS number application online facility.
Read carefully the instructions and then click the Start button to go to the Registrant Record Verification page.
Note: The SSS website works best with Internet Explorer version 11. If you’re already using this browser and still having issues, send an email to [email protected]
In your message, include your full name, birthdate, and details of the issue. Attach a screenshot of the error message along with an image of your valid ID.
If your online application is still unsuccessful, visit the nearest SSS Branch to get an SSS number as a walk-in applicant (more on this later).
2. Fill out the online form.
Enter your correct name and birthdate, as SSS will use these details to check for any existing records in its database.
Also, provide an active and working email address because this is where SSS will send you important messages regarding your application.
Next, type the text you see on the box next to “Word Verification” and tick the small box underneath to confirm that you’ve provided true and correct information.
Lastly, click the Submit button.
3. Check your email.
SSS will send a confirmation email with a registration link.
You have to check your email immediately because the link will expire in five days. Once it expires, you’ll need to repeat the registration steps.
If you haven’t received the email, check your Spam folder.
Click on the link to proceed with the next steps of your SSS number online application.
4. Provide the required information.
On the registration page, fill out the fields from the “Basic Information” section up to the “Beneficiaries Information” section.
5. Review your information.
The screen will display a summary of your information. Double-check your details to ensure they’re complete and correct.
To make changes to your information, just click the Previous button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the pages you previously filled out, so you can edit any incorrect entry.
6. Generate your SSS number.
Once you’re sure everything is good, click the “Generate SSS Number” button (see the previous screenshot).
The system will show a confirmation of successful registration, including your SSS number.
You may print your personal record and/or SSS number slip right away. Simply click the corresponding button for printing the documents.
You’ll also receive a confirmation email with your personal record form and SSS number slip attached. Print the attachments and confirmation message.
If you’ll register as a non-working spouse, have your spouse sign before his or her name on your printed personal record form. The signature will be your proof that your spouse agrees with your SSS membership.
Note: At this point, you can no longer change any incorrect info. In case you only realized the mistake after generating your number, visit the nearest SSS branch to have it corrected.
7. Submit the requirements at any SSS branch.
At this point, you have a temporary SSS number. It will become permanent only after you’ve submitted the required documents to an SSS branch. Present also the printed copies of your SSS number slip and personal record form.
Please note that the temporary SSS number never expires. Although you can have it changed to permanent any time, it’s best to submit the requirements immediately to enjoy the benefits of having a permanent SSS number.
Option 2: SSS Number Walk-in Application.
Can’t get an SSS number online? Go directly to an SSS branch to apply personally.
1. Visit the nearest SSS branch.
To find the nearest branch in your area, use the Branch Directory on the SSS website.
For your convenience, you may transact with an SSS satellite branch in a mall. SSS branches in malls are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m from Mondays to Fridays. Some branches are open on Saturdays.
2. Fill out an E-1 form.
When you get to the SSS branch, get a Personal Record form (E-1 form) and fill it out.
To save time, download the E-1 form and accomplish two copies in advance.
3. Submit the accomplished E-1 form and requirements.
Fall in line and submit the duly accomplished E-1 form and the requirements for SSS number issuance.
The SSS personnel will give you a copy of E-1 form with your SSS number written at the upper right corner. Keep this form for your future reference.
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.
Avoid dealing with online scammers who offer assistance for SSS number applications and other related services for a fee.
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 in your SSS number application and other SSS-related concerns.
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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?
About the Author.
Venus Zoleta is an experienced writer and editor for nearly 15 years, covering topics on personal finance, travel, government services, and digital marketing. Her background is in journalism and public relations. In her early 20s, she started investing and purchased a home. Now, she advocates financial literacy for Filipinos and shares her knowledge online. When she’s not working, Venus bonds with her pet cats and plans her next travel adventure.