International Programs Office

Social Security

The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Office is located at 861 Jefferson Ave, Suite B, Pocatello. Their phone number is 866-643-3407. If you do not have transportation, you may take the city bus. Go to the Pocatello Transit website to obtain transit times.

Before Applying

Please note that your social security application cannot be processed until you have done the following:

  1. Been in the U.S. for at least 10 days.
  2. Obtained an on-campus job AND HAVE BEGUN WORKING
  3. Completed the Social Security Employer Letter. This must be completed and signed by your employer and an IPO advisor.
  4. Officially reported to ISU. Your SEVIS record has to have been officially registered. In order for this to happen, you must have checked in with the IPO office, registered for classes and paid your fees. We recommend waiting until the second week of classes to apply in order to allow time for the SEVIS system to update the Social Security system.
  5. Updated your U.S. physical address in BengalWeb. Go to your BengalWeb portal, log in and add or update the "Resides At" address type. Note that this is different than the "Mailing Address" type.


Once you have completed all of the above, you must visit the SSA Office in person to apply. Be sure to take with you all of the following:

Important: The SSA will verify your status using the SEVIS system. If you are not registered for classes and have not paid your fees in full, then your SEVIS record will not be registered and your Social Security application will be rejected.

Social Security Denial Letter

To obtain either a Taxpayer Identification Number or an Idaho Driver's License, you must obtain a Social Secruity Number. If you are not eligible for a Social Security Number because you are not employed, then you must obtain a Denial Letter from the Social Security Office.

In order to obtain the denial letter, you must provide the following:

  1. Your valid pasport
  2. I-94 card or printout of your I-94 number printable from
  3. Your valid I-20 or DS-2019
  4. Your receipt from the payment of your fees

You must then have a face-to-face interview at the Social Security Administration office.


The Social Security Office is at 861 Jefferson Ave, Suite B. Leaving from the Student Union Building bus stop (in front of the Bengal Theatre), take the "A" bus. The "A" bus comes by approximately every 23 minutes.