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Federal Benefits
 

As the sole representative of the U.S. government in Belize, U.S. Embassy Belmopan assists other federal agencies in communicating with U.S. citizens living in Belize. Please note, however, that U.S. Embassy Belmopan is mandated only to offer very basic federal benefit services and all queries are forwarded to the Regional Federal Benefits Office in San Jose, Costa Rica. They can be reached directly at SJRegion@ssa.gov.

While the U.S. Embassy Belmopan is not empowered to make decisions for these other agencies, the Embassy may provide forms, accept applications and answer questions about routine matters. The Embassy may also notarize documents required by a federal agency at no cost.

Federal Benefits Services, walk-in appointments:
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Social Security Card

For U.S. citizens, a social security card is an important document that is required if you wish to work in the United States. Many other private companies also use the social security number as a means of identification and for credit ratings. Most parents apply for their child’s Social Security Number during the Consular Report of Birth Abroad process. No additional appointment is necessary. If you need to apply for a Social Security Number when you are not applying for a Consular Report of Birth, please contact the Embassy.

To apply for a NEW Social Security Card, you will need to submit:

  • A completed Form SS-5 (Application for a Social Security Card)
  • Proof of Age: An original or certified true copy (executed by the custodian of records) of your birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad 
  • Proof of identity: A valid U.S. passport 
  • Applicants age 12 or older must apply in person

NOTE - Applicants age 12 and older will also need to submit the following:

  1. A letter stating the reasons why he/she has never obtained a Social Security Number
  2. School records
  3. Employment records
  4. Travel documents (e.g. passports) to prove that he/she has been living outside the U.S. continuously or from one point in time to the present.

Parents applying on behalf of a child under 12 may sign the application on his/her behalf: applications must always be signed by the applicant if he/she is capable of signing, regardless of his/her age.

Cards are sent directly to applicants and can take up to three months for processing. There is no fee charged for the issuance of a Social Security card.

To apply for a replacement Social Security Card, simply walk in during the Federal Benefit Services times specified above.

Social Security Claims

U.S. Embassy Belmopan does not directly process any claims for social security benefits, though the Embassy does provide application forms to potential beneficiaries. The Embassy may also accept certain applications for benefits to send to the Regional Federal Benefits Office in San Jose, Costa Rica. Please note that the original applications must be sent to the regional office in Costa Rica, which often results in extended delays.

The Embassy may also assist in the following services:

  • Change of address
  • Death of a beneficiary
  • Lost or stolen checks 
  • Applications requesting direct deposit of your benefits into a U.S. bank account or Atlantic Bank in Belize