Completing Bankruptcy’s Statement of Social Security Number
You must provide your full social security number on this form, but it is not disclosed to the public.
ALERT: As part of a multi-year court project to modernize the Official Bankruptcy Forms and make them more consumer-friendly, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has recently revised most of the consumer bankruptcy forms (several had already been revised in 2013 and 2014). The changes became effective on December 1, 2015. The revisions involved reformatting, renaming, and renumbering the forms, and in a few instances, combining two forms into one. You can find the new forms here: www.uscourts.gov/forms/bankruptcy-forms. We are in the process of revising all of our articles to comport with the new forms. Check back soon.
When you file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you complete a large number of “official” bankruptcy forms. One of the required forms is called the Statement of Social Security Number.
Purpose of the Statement of Social Security Number
On all of your bankruptcy forms, other than this one, you list only the last four digits of your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. This is for privacy reasons.
However, creditors, the bankruptcy trustee, and the United States trustee or bankruptcy administrator are entitled to see your full social security number or other government-issued identification number. These parties receive a copy of the Statement of Social Security Number, but it is not made part of the public bankruptcy file.
Getting the Statement of Social Security Number
You can find the most recent version of the Statement of Social Security Number on the U.S. Court’s website at www.uscourts.gov. To learn more about getting the official and other forms, see The Bankruptcy Forms: Getting Started.
How to Complete the Statement of Social Security Number
The instructions on this form are self-explanatory. You and your spouse (if you are filing jointly) must provide your full social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. If you don’t have either, check the box that says so.
You must sign this form under penalty of perjury.
To learn about the other forms you must file in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, see Completing the Bankruptcy Forms.
This article provides general information only. There are many legal issues involved and important decisions to be made when filing for bankruptcy. You must understand the entire bankruptcy process, learn about the applicable federal and state laws, and determine how those laws will affect your particular situation before you complete the bankruptcy forms. If you want to file bankruptcy without a lawyer, use a good do-it-yourself book like Nolo's How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy to ensure you make well informed decisions about your bankruptcy case.