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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.
  • 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.

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

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

First time application for the social security card

Belizeans by birth

Must present either of the following original documents:

  • Birth Certificate; or
  • Other legal documents issued by the Registrar General.

 

AND

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Belizean passport or passport from naturalized country of origin (Type P); or
  • 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 child under 14 (MINOR) and does not have a valid 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.

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

Foreign-born persons

Must present either of the following original documents:

Naturalized Belizean

  • Birth Certificate from country of origin; or
  • Other legal documents issued by the Registrar General

 

AND

  • Valid Belizean passport (Type P); or
  • Nationality Certificate with photo; or
  • Nationality Certificate without photo.

 

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); or
  • 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 child under 14 (MINOR) and does not have a valid 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.


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

Foreign Born Persons with Permanent Status

  • Birth Certificate from country of origin and a photo ID

 

AND

  • Permanent Residence Card or Stamp in passport (Type P); or
  • CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate or CSME Stamp bearing “Indefinite Period of Stay” in passport (Type P); or

 

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); 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 valid 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.


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.

Foreign Born Persons with Temporary Status

  • Birth Certificate from country of origin and a photo ID

 

AND

  • Valid Temporary Employment Permit; or
  • Valid Student Permit; or
  • Valid Dependent Permit; or
  • Valid Special Permits: Special Permit and Condition Permit; or
  • Valid CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Stamp bearing “Definite Period of Stay” in passport; or
  • Refugee Card.

 

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); 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 child under 14 (MINOR) and does not have a valid 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.

Belizeans by birth

Must present either of the following original documents:

  • Birth Certificate; or
  • Any legal documents issued by the Registrar General; or
  • Valid Belizean Passport (Type P).

 

AND

Accepted Photo ID if a valid Belizean passport (Type P) is not submitted:

  • Passport from naturalized country (Type P); or
  • 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 child under 14 (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.

Foreign-born persons

Naturalized Belizean

Must present either of the following original documents:

  • Valid Belizean Passport (Type P); or
  • Nationality Certificate with photo; or
  • Nationality Certificate without photo.

 

AND

Accepted Photo ID if the document presented above does not bear the photo of the applicant:

  • Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); or
  • 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 child under 14 (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.

 

Foreign Born Persons with Permanent Status

Primary Document

  • Birth Certificate from country of origin and a photo ID; or
  • Valid passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P).

 

AND

Secondary Document

  • Permanent Residence Card/ Stamp; or
  • CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Certificate or CSME Stamp bearing “Indefinite Period of Stay” in passport; or

 

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); or
  • 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 child under 14 (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.

 

Foreign Born Persons with Temporary Status

  • Birth Certificate from country of origin and a photo ID; or
  • Valid Passport from country or origin or naturalized country (Type P)

 

AND

  • Valid Temporary Employment Permit; or
  • Valid Student Permit; or
  • Valid Dependent Permit; or
  • Valid Special Permits: Special Permit & Condition Permit; or
  • Valid CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Stamp bearing “Definite Period of Stay” in passport; or
  • Refugee Card.

 

Accepted Photo ID:

  • Valid Passport from country of origin or naturalized country (Type P); 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 child under 14 (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.

All persons born in Belize are required by law to register with Social Security Board. The mother of every child born in Belize shall register such child with the Board, within 30 days of birth, to obtain in respect of that child , a registration card.

Belizeans (born and naturalized) 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 and naturalized) 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 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, Condition Stamp, Special Permit, Temporary Work Permit and Stamp, Dependent Permit and Stamp or Student  Permit and Stamp are legally required to register themselves and their dependents.

 

Dependents (children and Spouse) of Foreign-born persons will register if they are legally authorized by the Immigration & Nationality Services to stay in the country with the Permit holder who has permanent or temporary legal immigration status. These Dependents qualify for a Social Security card, not exceeding the validity of their Dependent/Student Permit bearing legend “Not Valid for Employment.”   Holders of CSME Dependent Certificate/Stamp (Indefinite period of stay) qualify for a Social Security card bearing legend “Valid for Employment.”

Foreign-born Persons are entitled to benefits under the Scheme according to their classification.