Related Matters

Social Security Number

A Social Security Number (SSN) is required for everyone who works in the U.S., even non-immigrants. The number will be issued to you on a card will be your unique social security number that you will keep for life. You will need the number for many purposes in the U.S. including employment and paying taxes. A Social Security card is not a work permit. Visit the Social Security Administration's web site for more information at  You may begin the application for an SSN online:  After submitting the form online, you will be required to go in person to the local Social Security Administration office as instructed:

You will need to bring your relevant original immigration documents with you to SSA:

  • Complete the online SSN Application Form
  • Passport
  • I-94 Record (retrieved from CPB website)
  • I-797, H-1B, O-1, or TN Approval Notice (as applicable)
  • SSN Consent Form - this form allows the Social Security Administration to fax your SSN number to KU Human Resources.

Social Security Administration

Suite 200, 1st Floor

1440 Wakarusa Drive

Lawrence, KS 66049

Tel. 1-866-698-2561

All employees must have a social security number.  Some dependent family members may be eligible to receive an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).  At KU, the Legal Services for Students office has staff members who can assist with the ITIN process.

Kansas Driver's License

For Information about applying for a State of Kansas Driver’s License please see the Kansas Department of Revenue website:

You should review the website prior to going to the DMV office.  You will need to show documents to prove your legal status in the U.S. (e.g. passport, I-94 record, I-797 Approval Notice, etc.) and documents to show you are a Kansas Resident. Please see Driver’s License Proof of Identity Document Requirements for details.  You may wish to review the The Kansas Driving Handbook for information on requirements and safe driving rules and practices that all driver’s must know.

Douglas County, Kansas Driver's License Examiner's Office

Address: 1035 N. 3rd Street, Suite 122, Lawrence, KS 66044

Phone: 785-843-9593

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

International Employee Taxation

The KU Payroll Office is the office responsible for taxation related issues and questions.