General, Social Security Number and Card

Social Security to Offer Self-Attestation of Sex Marker in Social Security Number Records

March 31, 2022 • By

Reading Time: 1 Minute

Last Updated: March 31, 2022

Transgender man and African American partnerToday, Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the Social Security will offer people the choice to self-select their sex on their Social Security number (SSN) record. We anticipate this option will be available in the fall of 2022.

“The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring the fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by updating our procedures for Social Security number records,” said Acting Commissioner Kijakazi. “This policy change will allow people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”

People who update their sex marker in Social Security’s records will need to apply for a replacement SSN card. They will still need to show a current document to prove their identity, but they will no longer need to provide medical or legal documentation of their sex designation once the policy change becomes effective. SSN cards do not include sex markers.

In February 2022, we issued guidance instructing employees to accept evidence documents that contain non-binary identifiers (e.g., “X”) for original SSN and replacement SSN card applications, and other updates to our internal SSN records. We are exploring possible future policy and systems updates to support an “X” sex designation for the SSN card application process.

Did you find this Information helpful?

Thanks for your feedback!

Tags: , ,

See Comments

About the Author

Darlynda Bogle, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Darlynda Bogle, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Charles C.

    What is happening to this country. What a waste of time and money

  2. Jim A.

    An acting deputy commissioner, should not be making this change, perhaps if her salary, along with many other gov workers was rescinded, there would be more money for those of us that paid in to SS.
    What a colossal waste of time and resources. Where do these people come from?

  3. Mary H.

    Yes, follow the science and sorry to disappoint but in life there are people of natural conception that are not xx or xy. Bubble burst yet? Whhhaaatt, your King James isnt Perfect?? OF COURSE NOT! NEVER WAS! Social Security needs to have such data for their decisions. Do you want to miss your share by not following a simple request?

    • Karl M.

      Got to be kidding me. One can tell the sex of a person before they are even born.

    • Don S.

      publish a fault in the King James Bible.
      Science don’t mean a thing regarding sex, birth determines it

    • Debi


      • E M.

        Lol…funny emoji…it explains it all…

    • Ray C.

      I totally agree, and why is the acting commissioner putting this into play!
      What exactly is the reasoning behind this ridiculous waste of taxpayer money

    • Tom D.

      You are an idiot advocating boundless promiscuity instead of decency and self control! The Bible (as a minimum) is a code to live by that helps humans not digress or revert to some misguided, bewildered species of degenerates. You are promoting the downfall of the human race just as the mighty Romans did and look what happened to them.

      • E M.

        I agree with your comment. I would say that society is declining rapidly.
        No offense to parents when I say this, but I’m glad we don’t have kids. I would be worried about what will happen to them after we’re gone. It’s so sad, really.

  4. Sharon K.

    My sexual identity is not yours or anyone else’s business. Please don’t send me this filth anymore. I served my country with honor, and unfortunately it was for someone like you.

  5. Charles J.

    Well, a lot of angry people with high blood pressure comments. Although I am a gay male, I am male through and through. But, I understand the inclusiveness of the change. I have friends who were born as male, but mentally, psyche and emotionally are not male. The identify as female. Sometimes the body does not agree with the mind of the individual. I think if everyone just did their own thing and not worry about what someone else is doing, it would be such a better world. Acceptance of “differences” was occurring in this country, and then it all changed in the last few months. Although I am out and will remain out, I do it with a cautious glance around me. Did you know that murder of female “trans’ people is higher than any other group in the U.S. And it’s all because someone doesn’t agree with it. I would tell everyone: Be at peace with yourself. Let others find their peace. Stop the rhetoric and vitriolic hated of those not like you. I the end, it doesn’t matter what everyone else is, it’s “who are you”? Bring on the hate comments.

  6. david k.

    Please, you can’t be serious! A person is born with a sex. Changing it at their whim on SSA will most likely have some unplanned and unpleasant second and third order affects

  7. Dale

    More of the dishonorable Biden administration BS……what a complete moronic decision……

  8. June G.

    How people wish to identify themselves along this lifepath is their own business. Inescapable however is our chromosome seal (XX/XY) with which we are each born. Inescapable. You can make believe, wish, wave a magic wand, pretend/believe to your very core, but your sex is a scientific fact – right there stated on your birth certificate from the very start. So what is the Social Security Administration doing putting their imprimatur on this woke stuff? Our government Fairy Godmother? The implications and complications arising from this is only just starting.

  9. Patti

    This is nonsense. What is happening to our country that we would accept this as truth? There are only 2 genders: male and female. Please rethink this.

  10. David D.

    There are two sexes……Male and Female

    Have you people lost all sense of critical thinking?

    check DNA results on anyone….you will be amazed by the science.

Comments are closed.