Social Security to offer self-attestation of sex marker in Social Security number records

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

We 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,” says 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. However, they will no longer need to provide medical or legal documentation of their sex designation once the policy change goes into effect.  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.  This guidance applies to 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.

You can also learn more about our programs and how we are there for same-sex couples and the LGBTQ+ community at

Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at