OBLIGATIONS OF ALL CITIZENS/RESIDENTS

Social Security will register and issue free of cost the first Social Security card to every eligible person in Belize. The obligations of eligible persons are:

  1. Register themselves and their dependents with Social Security by furnishing accurate and complete information and documentation on themselves and their dependents.

  2. Reapply for a Social Security card on the expiration date, or whenever required by Social Security and provide updated personal information as required on the application form.

  3. Report and present legal documents relating to any change in name or immigration status.

  4. Sign the appropriate forms.

  5. Keep in safe custody the Social Security cards for themselves and their dependent children under age 14. All Social Security cards shall remain the property of the Social Security Board and will be valid for a period of 10 years or such shorter periods, as authorized by the Social Security Board.

  6. Do not tamper with any Social Security card or photocopy the card. The original card must contain un-amended full name, registration number, and such other particulars as stipulated by the Board.

  7. Carry their registration cards on their person at all times and produce the cards to their prospective employer when applying for a job.

  8. Make available the Social Security card to any authorized Social Security Officer, Health Care Provider or any other official authorized by Social Security upon request.

  9. Report immediately to the nearest Social Security Office when their Social Security card, or that of any dependent, is defaced or expired. The defaced or expired card must also be returned to the Social Security office.

  10. Report immediately to the nearest Police Station when their cards, or that of any dependent, are lost, stolen or destroyed.

  11. Do not keep in their possession, registration cards relating to another person, except that of their dependent children under age 14 and other dependent persons unable to act on their own behalf.

  12. Return to the nearest Social Security Office any lost or stolen cards found.

  13. Report to Social Security anyone found using a Social Security number and/or Social Security card belonging to someone else.

  14. Return to the nearest Social Security Office, the Social Security card of any deceased insured contributor in the family.

Every eligible person in Belize shall register with the Social Security Board and receive a Social Security card.

1. BELIZEAN NATIONALS
Belizean Nationals are required by law to register with Social Security from birth.

Belizeans who have a Social Security number but do not have a valid new Social Security card are legally required to present themselves at any of the Social Security Offices to update their registration status including the registration of their dependents and to receive their valid cards.

Belizeans who do not have a Social Security number or valid Social Security card are required by law to present themselves at any of the Social Security Offices to register themselves and their dependents.

2. FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS

Foreign-born persons with legal Immigration status such as holders of a Belize Passport, Citizenship by DECENT, Nationality Certificate, Permanent Resident (PR) Card, Belize Tourism Board (B.T.B) Card, CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate or Stamp, Refugee Card, Condition Stamp, Special Permit, Temporary Work Permit, Dependent Permit or Student (Pass) Permit are legally required to register themselves and their dependents.

3. DEPENDENTS OF FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS

Dependents (children and Spouse) of Foreign-born persons will register if they are legally authorized by the Immigration Authorities to stay in the country with the Permit holder. Foreign-born Persons are entitled to benefit under the Scheme according to their classification. Holders of Dependent Permits qualify for a Social Security card, not exceeding the validity of the cardholder’s permit bearing legend “Not Valid for Employment.”

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO PROVE AGE, IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP

1. BELIZEANS BY BIRTH

A. First Time Application for the Social Security card

Must present either of the following original documents:

  1. Birth Certificate and a photo ID; or
  2. Valid Belizean Passport; or
  3. New Voter’s Identification Card (Technicolor Photo); or
  4. Any legal documents issued by the Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit (VSU).

B. Official Name(s) to be printed on the Social Security card

The name and surname on the verification document will dictate which name(s) appear on the Social Security card. If name(s) on Registration Form (R4) differ from the name(s) shown on Birth Certificate or Passport, a legal document from the Registrar General identifying the person with both Old and New names is required.

Foreign passports presented by Born Belizeans are to be used only as a secondary verification document, i.e. for Identification purposes.

C. Marital Status - Females

If a married woman’s verification document is not in her married name and she wishes to have her Social Security card with her married name, a marriage certificate must also be presented.

2. FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS

Must present either of the following original documents:

  1. With Belizean Nationality
    1. Belize Passport; or
    2. Nationality Certificate; or
    3. Letter of Descent; or
    4. CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate.

Persons born in any of the Commonwealth Countries and have resided in Belize for no less than 12 months are eligible to obtain a voter’s identification card. Therefore, persons born in any of the Commonwealth Countries who present only a voters identification card must also present a legal work document issued by the Immigration and Nationality Department in order for the card to bear the legend “Valid for Employment”.

B. With Permanent Status (Primary Documents)

  1. Permanent Resident Card; or
  2. Refugee Card; or
  3. Belize Tourism Board Card.

A Passport, Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI) or Birth Certificate from country of origin and photo ID (where necessary) must accompany any of the above documents as a secondary verification document.

C. With Temporary Status (Primary Documents)

  1. Work Permit; or
  2. Condition Stamp; or
  3. Student Permit; or
  4. Dependent Permit; or
  5. Special Permit (Economic Processing Zone Employees (EPZ)); or
  6. CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Stamp on passport.

Except for those permits that are stamped on the holders Passports, a Passport, Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI) or Birth Certificate from country of origin.

D. FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS WITH TWO SURNAMES

The father’s surname will be used by Social Security in cases where persons present documents with two surnames.

E. UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS – Issue of Social Security card for pension entitlement only

All undocumented Foreign-born persons do not qualify for a Social Security card, except for those who have contributed to the Social Security Scheme prior to the year 2000 and are entitled to or are receiving a Long-term or Disablement pension under the Social Security Act.

The card issued to undocumented pensioners must bear the legend “Not Valid for Employment”

These persons must present either of the following original documents from their country of origin:
a. Passport; or
b. Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI); or
c. Birth Certificate accompanied by a photo identification card (ID).