Aside from being stressful, social security card applications can be more complicated than you think. There is a reason why so many applications are delayed due to avoidable errors. If a lot of people find them confusing, it is important to understand why.

We are going to take a look at some of the reasons applying can be challenging, and what can be done to make the process easier.

The Complicated SS-5 Form

That’s right, the form itself is hard to get your head around. Not only do these forms require a lot of information, but some of that information is very detailed and not easy to remember off the top of your head. You will need to know your mother’s maiden name, your father’s social security number, and more. There are a lot of opportunities for mistakes to be made, which mean receiving your card can take longer than expected.

Waiting in Line for The Form

The social security administration office is limiting in that it doesn’t make things simpler for you—wait times can be very long. This can mean taking time off work to make sure you get your card in time. You shouldn’t have to use holiday hours for a task so laborious.

Not only does the line take some time to get through, but it might not be at a location convenient to you. This is why so many people are now using an online service such as SSC Replacements by AOF, but more on that later.

Mistakes Put You Back

Even the smallest of mistakes like using the wrong color ink can result in your application being denied. This is understandable, something as important as a social security card needs to be accurate. Still, it is also avoidable. You can typically expect to wait around 7 to 10 days, but if errors are made, it can be months.

No Two Applications are the Same

For some people, there are details that are relevant to you that do not apply to others. This makes discussing how to fill out the form with friends and colleagues difficult. You may have to provide additional forms for specific applications, and you have to know which ones apply to your needs. Understanding the ins and outs of the application is essential for getting your application approved promptly.

Is There Help Available?

Luckily there is now a way of giving your application a better chance of being approved in one go. Assisted online applications make applying easy. It can be done from the comfort of your own home, and you avoid having to use holiday time from work, or even personal time waiting at the social security office. Additionally, every question is explained making applying simple, and mistakes less likely.

Now that we have explored the potential set-backs during the application process, it’s easy to see why you might want help. An assisted online application is your best bet.