Can I get a new Social Security number if someone has stolen my identity?
We do not routinely assign a new number to someone whose identity has been stolen. Only as a last resort should you consider requesting a new Social Security number. Changing your number may adversely affect your ability to interact with Federal and State agencies, employers, and others. This is because your financial, medical, employment and other records will be under your former Social Security number. We cannot guarantee that a new number will solve your problem. To learn more about your Social Security card and number, read our online publication on the subject at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10002.html.
When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person’s record?
Social Security survivors benefits
can be paid to:
Even if you are divorced, you still may qualify for survivors benefits. For more information, go to www.ssa.gov.