Having somehow sailed blissfully through life without an SS number, I’m now hearing that Americans who renew passports are required to have one. Is this right? Has anybody without an SS number applied for a renewal recently?
Sounds bizarre, since overseas Americans can’t receive SS benefits and won’t make SS payments. It sounds like they’re trying to turn this thing into a de facto national ID number, despite being designed for something else…but couldn’t the passport numbers themselves be used for that?
Does the AIT handle this, or would application have to be made to an SS office in the U.S.?