The social security system provides a permanent sss number to the new and upcoming members of the said government agency. It is a 10 digit number arranged this way 22-1213122-2. These digits are attached to the name of Filipino citizens the moment they apply for membership.
However, members oftentimes forget their sss number. The possible reason is they have many other membership numbers to maintain from other government agencies such as pagibig and philhealth numbers. Private institutions like banks also provide their own account and credit card numbers. Just thinking about it is already overwhelming.
Sss numbers are sometimes taken for granted. Why? Because you will only need it when you are about to apply for a salary loan, calamity loan, pension, maternity for female members, and retirement benefits. You seldom think about it at the early stage of your working career or when you are young.
When we become an employee, we just need to provide a copy of our sss number to our employers. When payday comes, they will automatically pay our share of contribution to the government agency. We just need to verify it online at least once a month.
So, is it justifiable to forget our sss number? The answer is still a big NO. As I said earlier, our sss number is very important when we want to avail of our benefits.
In this post, I will share with you the different ways to recover your lost and forgotten sss number and sample locations on where to find it. Because if you forget your number, you are not allowed to apply for a new one.
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Here’s How to Know Your SSS Number by Online, Employer, and Forms
These options are arranged based on the ease of doing the recovery of our sss number. You can start searching for your number at home first. Next is on your employer since you go to work during weekdays, and last is by verifying your number directly at the sss office.
Check SSS Personal Record E-1 Form for Your Number
This form is very important in my opinion. Normally, members will keep it in their archives of documents in a safe place at home. The E-1 form contains our SSS number.
For first-timers, the SSS E1 form or “Personal Records” form is the first document that you will receive from SSS upon becoming a member. You will see your sss number in the upper left part of your e1 form. The form will also reflect all your beneficiaries such as your spouse, children, and both of your parents.
SSS Contributions Payment Return (RS-5) Form
If you lost your sss e1 form. There is another document that might help you retrieve your sss number. This form is necessary if you pay your contributions monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. You may have kept a used form like this since you have to use it many times when paying your contribution. Also, you need to consolidate it for verification of your past and present contributions.
You can see your handwritten sss number on the upper left-hand part of the form. Meanwhile, your machine-validated sss number is located on the upper rightmost part of the form.
View your SSS Member’s Data Amendment E-4 Form
If you happen to amend your membership details, such as updating your dependents, or you have changed your status from single to married. You need to fill up this form and submit it to the SSS branch. The gov agency will then give you the E-4 pink form which is a copy of your amendment details. There is also a chance that you have kept this E-4 form in a safe place in your house. You can also see your sss number in the upper left-hand side of your e-4 form.
Register in My.SSS using your CRN
This is another suggestion that you can do without leaving your home. If you have a UMID ID with a CRN. I suggest that you register in sss online at the website or using the sss mobile app. The agency knows your number, but one way for you to view it is to register for an online account.
Go to sss.gov.ph and visit the “member” link under the portal. You will be redirected to new screen. Proceed to “Not Yet Registered in My.SSS?”
On the sss website, you can register an online account using different options. But since you do not know your social security number, then select the “UMID.” Select the option to use your CRN. Fill up all the necessary fields. After you are successful with your registration, you can log in to your account. Immediately, you can view your sss number at the upper left of the page just below your complete name.
This option is only possible assuming you are not registered online yet. If you already have an online account and you do not know your login details, I suggest you proceed with password recovery.
Check your SSS Number Online in MySSS Portal
Earlier, I have told you that SSS knows your number. They store your membership records on their database.
In order for you to view your number, you have to log in to your my.sss account. You will see your sss number in the upper left portion of the web page. You can find it directly below your complete name.
Inquire to Previous and Current Employer for your forgotten sss number
If you forgot your membership number, you can politely request your previous as well as current employer for your sss information.
Usually, our previous employer keeps our personal information even after we left our job. They will also keep our government membership numbers for a certain number of years. For example, if you asked for a certificate of employment, our previous employer would be happy to give us a copy. Just maintain a good relationship with the human resource department so it will be a lot easier.
You can give the HR department of your previous company a call and email. Afterward, just wait for a few days for a return email hopefully with your membership numbers. You can also make a follow-up call in case they took more than 1 week to respond to your email. Again, be polite because you are the one in need of their service.
Verify your Number at the SSS Branch
This is another way to get your sss number. Unfortunately, if you are working, you need to file a leave with your company. Because it may cost you the whole day to visit the sss branch due to while traveling traffic and long waiting hours at the branch office. For first timer, going to the branch is also the best way to get your number for the first time.
When you visit the branch, you need to bring valid identification cards for verification purposes of your identity.
This option has some advantages as this is a sure way to get your forgotten sss number back. If you arrived early at the office it is possible that there is no waiting line. You can get your number in the shortest possible time.
There you have it. I hope these 7 suggestions can help your recover your forgotten sss number fast and hassle-free.