Notice: Beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2013, offices close at noon on Wednesdays to the public. You should call this SPENCER, IA office ahead of time to verify their hours of operations.
Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The nearest Social Security office is 19 miles south of Okoboji in Spencer, Iowa. Often, your employer will assist in organizing social security office appointments and transportation. If you are an employer wishing to schedule an appointment for a group of students, please contact us.
You will need to take the following documentation with you when you apply for your Social Security card:
Do I have to apply for a Social Security card? Yes. All participants must apply for a Social Security Number in order to work, open a bank account, or file a tax return.
(*participants are eligible to begin work with their receipt of application from the Social Security office)
If I already have a social security number, do I need to apply for another one? No. If you already have a Social Security Number, you do not need to apply for a new one. If you do not have your physical Social Security card, or if you do not remember your number, you may visit the Social Security Administration office to replace your card for free.
When should I apply? It is recommended by the Social Security office that you wait approximately 10 days after your arrival to the US and after notifying your sponsor of your arrival before applying for a Social Security Number.
When will I receive my social security card in the mail? It may take 4-6 weeks to receive your Social Security card in the mail. It is very important that the address listed on your application is accurate.
How do I start work while waiting for my social security number?After applying for a Social Security Number, the Social Security office will issue a receipt. This is an important document which you can give to your employer to show that you have applied for a Social Security Number and are eligible to begin work. This receipt can also be shown if you are asked for a Social Security Number when you open a bank account.