i think that both kids might have gotten theirs before one month. ds's might have been a little longer, but for sure before 2 months. i do remember laughing that we got it before the bc with both kids though.
With hospital born dd, it was one of the gazillion paperwork items that the hospital had us sign. For ds who was homebirthed, we did it after we got his birth certificate -- I believe that was about the time he hit a month old.
We had to apply to get a certificate of birth abroad and passport before we could get a ssn. Those took about 7 weeks, then I was resting from all the fam that visited. We applied at about 3-4 months old.<br><br>
I didn't have one until I turned 15 and then my parents got one for all of us at the same time.
DS was born in a hospital and they must have sent the info to SS so we got his card when he was a couple weeks old in the mail.<br><br>
But yeah it's a good thing they do it otherwise it would be like the birth certificates which we never get until we absolutely have to (like years later <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
It took almost 5 months for us to get our son's SSN. The hospital staff that was supposed to submit his birth certificate and SSN information didn't submit the SSN request.<br><br>
We were told to contact the SSA only if we didn't get the card after 90 days. We waited, as instructed, and didn't know that the UA violations at the hospital had screwed up. It took almost 2 full months for us to finally get the card after we realized they'd never submitted his paperwork.
We filled out the enrollment form at the hospital and got the number before both ds and dd were a month old. I remember specifically because I was worried that the # wouldn't come in time to meet the insurance co's unreasonable 30 day deadline, but both came in time.<br><br>
That said, my BIL and his wife just had a baby in the same hospital and didn't get dn's card until day 49. I know, because I am our office insurance rep and had to fight to get him covered.
We filled the paperwork in at the hospital and it took about 5 weeks for both children.<br><br>
The insurance thing bugged me too. How exactly can I prove the birth of a baby without a birth certificate or ssn? Like the OB bills you've been getting weren't a clue? Found out that our insurance would accept a copy of the form from the hospital with baby's foot print, and birth stats. The irony was that it didn't have her NAME on it, just "baby lastname".