Services we provide
Applying for a Social Security Number if you are a U.S. Citizen over 12 years old
If you are over 12 years old and you are uncertain that you ever had a Social Security Number. You need to contact Regional Federal Benefits Office at Santo Domingo (https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/services-we-provide-2/) first to confirm that you have never been issued a Social Security number.
We can only provide this service if you never had a Social Security number and are:
- U.S. Citizen
- Over 12 years old
You can apply for a Social Security Number at the U.S. Embassy in Quito or the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil. In order to do this, you need to send an e-mail to the section that you would like to apply on:
You will receive a response with the steps to follow.
If you are trying to request a SSN for someone that is 12 years old or younger, as well as all other inquiries and requests, you need to contact Regional Federal Benefits Office at Santo Domingo: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/services-we-provide-2/.
Reporting the death of a beneficiary
In the unfortunate event that a person that received Social Security payments passes away, any survivor can report the death.
If the beneficiary was a U.S. Citizen, please follow the steps posted on our website related to Death of a U.S. Citizen.
If the beneficiary was not a U.S. Citizen, you need to report the death directly to the Regional Federal Benefits Office in Santo Domingo.
For all other inquiries and requests, you need to contact Regional Federal Benefits Office at Santo Domingo: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/services-we-provide-2/.
Certifying copies to apply for a Social Security Number at the Regional Federal Benefits Office (RFBO)
If you have already contacted the RFBO in Santo Domingo to request your Social Security number and the only requirement that is missing is for you to send notarized copies of the documents:
Please schedule an appointment for a notarial service on our Notarial Services webpage and please don’t forget to print and bring the e-mail that the Social Security (RFBO in Santo Domingo) sent you, so we can waive any fees related to this service.
If you reside in Ecuador and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Santo Domingo. For more information on their services and how to contact them, please visit their webpage at: https://do.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/.
For comprehensive information on SSA’s services abroad, please visit SSA’s webpage Service Around the World.