Finding Selective Service Registration Number Online

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

Who Must Register with Selective Service
In the United States all male US citizens, US nationals, dual nationals of the US, and non-citizens living in the US who are between 18 and 26 years old must register with the Selective Service System (SSS). Men already in the military at the time of their 18th birthday are not required to register unless they are still under the age of 26 when they are leave the military service. To date, females are not required to register. Failure to comply with the national law to register can result in a criminal conviction with a fine up to a quarter million dollars and/or a term of imprisonment not to exceed five years.

How to Register with Selective Service
There are four avenues available for men to register with the SSS: (1) At a Post Office where a Selective Service mail-back form is available and the applicant does not need to have a social security number; (2) On an application form for Federal student aid by checking the ?Register Me? box and the education department will provide the information to the SSS; (3) At a high school with a participating SSS registrar who assists students with their registrations; and (4) Online at www.sss.gov/registration to fill out a short registration form. A registrant must have a personal social security number to use the online form.

Finding a Selective Service Registration Number Online and Telephonically
Individuals can check on their selective service registration numbers in one of two ways: (1) Non-electronic registrants can call the Selective Service registration information hotline at 1-847-688-6888; or (2) Online registrants can find a selective service registration number by using the online registration form search engine available at www.sss.gov/registration/verification. An individual will need to have the following information; the registering party?s last name, social security number and date of birth to get a registration number.

General Information Regarding Selective Service Registrations
Without proof of having registered with the SSS, men will not qualify for nor will they be permitted to have or receive student loans, federal employment, security clearances, Workforce Investment Act training programs, and US citizenship. Selective service registration number verification cards will be mailed within two weeks to those who registered online. Verification cards for those who used a student loan or the postal system for registration may have to wait up to 90 days for acknowledgment of registration.

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