Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual

1102.015.20 Social Security Numbers

IM-#137 November 21, 2005

Providing the social security number of each EU member is voluntary. Failure to provide an SSN will result in the denial of food stamp benefits to each individual failing to provide an SSN.

Obtain SSNs of each EU member applying to receive benefits. If an individual is unable to provide an SSN, require the individual to submit an Application for a Social Security Number to the SSA.

If the Social Security number is provided, but verification is not available, do not pend the application. Have the Social Security number entered into the common area on the SUPD screen. Client statement (CS) is acceptable verification. The system will send the SSN to SSA to verify the number and FAMIS will enter system (SY) as the verification code on the SSN Information (FMAS) screen.

If the Social Security number is provided with verification, enter the number into the common area on SUPD screen. Enter hard copy (HC) as the verification code and record comment on the SSN Information (FMAS) screen. The system will send the SSN to SSA to verify the number and FAMIS will enter system (SY) as verficiation code on the SSN Information (FMAS) screen.

Acceptable verification of the SSN includes, but are not limited to the following:

  • the individual’s social security card,
  • a system (SY) indicator in the system that the social security number has been verified by the SSA,
  • unexpired driver’s license, if SSN is the license number,
  • unexpired Missouri ID card, if SSN is the ID number,
  • W-2 form,
  • Income tax return,
  • paystub with the SSN,
  • ā€œVā€ code in the common area of SUPD screen.

Refer to ENTERING AND UPDATING SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER INFORMATION FOR FOOD STAMP ELIGIBILITY UNITS (EUs) in the FAMIS user guides.