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REGISTRATION OF INSURED PERSONS

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:

  • Register themselves and their dependents with Social Security by furnishing accurate and complete information and documentation about themselves and their dependents.
  • Reapply for a Social Security card by the expiration date, or if card is lost, damaged/destroyed, defaced or whenever required by Social Security and provide updated personal information as required on the application form.
  • Report and present legal, original and valid documents relating to any change in name or immigration status.
  • Sign the appropriate forms.  If unable to sign his/her name, the person is required to mark an (X) on the space allotted for signature. Click here to download application form (Form R4)
  • 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.
  • Do not tamper with any Social Security card or replicate the card that it resembles an original card. The original card must contain un-amended full name, registration number, and such other particulars as stipulated by the Board.
  • Carry their social security cards on their person at all times and produce the cards to their prospective employer when applying for a job.
  • 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.
  • Report immediately to the nearest Social Security Office when their Social Security card, or that of any dependent, is defaced/damaged or expired. The defaced or expired card must also be returned to the Social Security office.
  • Report immediately to the nearest Police Station when their valid cards, or that of any dependent, are lost or stolen. Unless if a social security card was destroyed by fire, a report should be made to the fire department and when destroyed by natural disasters such as hurricane, a report should be made to NEMO.
  • Do not keep in their possession, social security cards relating to another person, except that of their dependent children under age 14 and other dependent persons in their custody who are unable to act on their own behalf.
  • Return to the nearest Social Security Office any lost or stolen cards found.
  • Report to Social Security anyone found using a Social Security number and/or Social Security card belonging to someone else.
  • Return to the nearest Social Security Office, the Social Security card of any deceased person in their family.

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

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO PROVE AGE, IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP

Any legal documents issued by the Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit (VSU) is required if there is a change of name since birth. Click to see more information about documents for

  • First time application for the social security card 

    Must present either of the following original documents:

    • Birth Certificate and a valid photo ID; or
    • Valid Belizean Passport.

    Any legal documents issued by the Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit (VSU) is required if there is a change of name since birth.

    Accepted Photo ID:

      • Voter’s Identification Card (with Technicolor photo); or
      • A 2 X 2 inches photo of applicant with a Justice of the Peace Declaration; or
      • Valid Primary or Secondary School Student ID issued in Belize.  If the applicant is a MINOR and does not have a student ID, the parent or guardian must present his/her valid Social Security Card.  If the parent/guardian does not qualify for a Social Security card, he/she must present a valid accepted photo ID.

    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 the name(s) on Registration Form (R4) differ from the name(s) shown on Birth Certificate or Valid Passport, a legal document showing the change of name is required.

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

    Marital Status – Females

    A married woman is required to present her marriage certificate.

    • Where a married woman does not wish to have her married name reflected on her card, she is free to so do. However, she will only be allowed to so do if it is settled that in the ordinary course of her life (including business transactions) she has not been using and will not be using her married name.
    • If a married woman decides to use her married surname and later decides to drop the use of her married surname, she must present a deed poll showing the change of the married surname
  • Must present either of the following original documents:

    Naturalized Belizean

    • Valid Belize Passport; or
    • Nationality Certificate with photo; or
    • Certificate or Letter of Belizean Citizenship by Descent and a photo ID.

    Note:  Citizens of Commonwealth Countries who reside in Belize for one year are eligible to receive a Belize Voter’s identification card that can be used as a photo ID

    A Dependent person who attained the age of 18 years or older must have his/her own Nationality Certificate

    With Permanent Status (Primary Documents)

    • Permanent Residence Card/Stamp; or
    • CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate; or
    • Amnesty Card; or
    • Refugee Card/Stamp/Letter.

    AND: (Secondary Documents)

    • Birth certificate and a valid photo ID from country of origin; or
    • Cedula/Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI) and valid photo ID from country of origin; or
    • Valid Passport from country of origin

    Only Naturalized Belizeans from Guatemala & India do not need to produce their Valid Passport, Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI) or Birth Certificate from country of origin.  These applicants relinquish the documents from country of origin to Immigration and Nationality Services.

    With Temporary Status (Primary Documents)

    • Work Permit and Stamp; or
    • Condition Stamp; or
    • Student Permit and Stamp; or
    • Dependent Permit and Stamp; or
    • Special Permit (Economic Processing Zone Employees (EPZ)); or
    • CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Stamp on valid passport.

    AND: (Secondary Documents)

    • Birth certificate and a photo ID from country of origin; or
    • Cedula/Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI) and photo ID from country of origin; or
    • Valid Passport from country of origin
BELIZEAN NATIONALS

All persons born in Belize are required by law to register with Social Security. Parents of infant children are to register their children within 30 days of birth

Belizeans (born, naturalized or by descent) who have a Social Security number but do not have a valid 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 eligible dependents and to receive their valid cards.

Belizeans (born, naturalized or by descent) who do not have a Social Security number are required by law to present themselves at any of the Social Security Offices to register themselves and their eligible dependents.

FOREIGN-BORN PERSONS

Foreign-born persons residing in Belize with permanent or temporary legal Immigration status such as holders of a Valid Belize Passport, Citizenship by DESCENT, Nationality Certificate, Valid Permanent Residence (PR) Card or Stamp, CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate or Stamp, Refugee Card or Letter, Condition Stamp, Special Permit, Temporary Work Permit and Stamp, Dependent Permit and Stamp or Student (Pass) Permit and Stamp are legally required to register themselves and their dependents.
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 who has permanent or temporary legal immigration status. Foreign-born Persons are entitled to benefits 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.”
LAST NAME WITH MULTIPLE PARTS

The applicant’s last name(s) will correspond with the name(s) shown on the document used to establish identity.  An applicant whose name has legally changed after birth must submit an identify document showing the legal name.

For example,  married woman can use her maiden name, or her maiden name followed by her husband’s surname, or her maiden name followed by a “de” or a hyphen (-) and her husband surname provided that she submits her marriage certificate.

FOREIGN-BORN PENSIONERS WITHOUT LEGAL IMMIGRATION STATUS

Foreign-born persons without legal immigration status 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 these pensioners must bear the legend “Not Valid for Employment”

These persons must present either of the following original documents from their country of origin:=

    • Valid Passport; or
    • Cedula/Documento Personal de Identificacion (DPI); or
    • Birth Certificate accompanied by a photo identification card (ID).

Click here to download Social Security application form (Form R4)

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