EXPERIENCING ONLINE REGISTRATION ISSUES?

OUR COMPANY GUIDE TO ISSUES YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING REGISTERING ONLINE AT WWW.SSS.GOV

If you have reached this page because you first tried to register online at the official U.S. Selective Service System government site at www.SSS.gov and your information was not accepted by them through the online method (see an example of error message received in image), you are not alone. We estimate based on our research that this error occurs with approximately 10-12% of individuals attempting to register with them online. That's thousands of people every year. Please follow our helpful company guide below to help you understand why you may be receiving these errors and what to do next. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are receiving these errors, you still are required to register and you should mail the paper-based registration form IMMEDIATELY to them as a back up to ensure you are complying with their regulations. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. You can download their printable form by navigating directly to the following link:  https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

 

Top 10 Reasons Your Information Was Rejected When Trying To Register Online at www.SSS.gov. 

1.  You input your information incorrectly.

Many people simply miss-type their information into their online form. Their online system does not automatically accept whatever information you input, it is referencing internal records they have based on data sharing agreements with other agencies, such as the social security administration or drivers license databases.  If the last name, date of birth, or SSN you input does not all match precisely with what the U.S. Selective Service System has in their internal records, your registration information will likely be rejected from registering through their online method and the page will display an error. After multiple attempts, you will exceed the daily limit they allow and will have to wait 24hrs to try again.

 

Recommendations:  Refresh their registration page and resubmit your registration information into the official online form in case you may have simply miss-typed your information in their online form. Ensure that you have correctly typed your last name, date of birth in the proper format, and full nine-digit social security number. Do not provide your "ITIN" number in the social security number block, as this is not the same thing as a social security number and is not recognized by the Selective Service System when registering.

2. You have a dual last name and it is not recognized.

Many people receive errors because they are not inputting their last name in a way that the Selective Services System's online form recognizes, especially when they have a dual last name. This is because the Selective Service System's online method is referencing internal records and those internal records may not have the order of these names recorded properly.  For instance, an individual may have the last name Herrera-Garcia, but when inputting this into the last name block, they still receive an error that their information is not recognized. 

 

Recommendations:  Using the Herrera-Garcia last name example. Try re-submitting their online form with "Herrera" in the middle name block and Garcia in the last name block. If that doesn't work, try removing "Garcia" altogether and simply submit "Herrera" in the last name block. If that doesn't work try removing "Herrera" altogether and simply submit "Garcia" in the last name block. If any of these methods work and the information is accepted online to reveal your official Selective Service Number, then please immediately submit their official "Change of Information Form" by mail so that they have your proper information corrected and updated in their internal records. Once you submit their change of information, it will be reflected online. 

3. You recently changed your last name.

If you changed your last name within recent years, you will likely experience issues registering for the first time or verifying your previous registration record with the official U.S. Selective Service System's online database at www.SSS.gov. We typically see this when parents have remarried and they submit their son's new last name instead of their original last name from birth. The U.S. Selective Service System's online database needs the last name, date of birth, and SSN all to match their previous records precisely for it to automatically provide the individuals' selective service number. If you are not using the original last name they have within their records, which is typically your last name at birth, then you may receive an error. 

 

Recommendations:  Try re-submitting their online form with your original birth last name. If this method works, once you have retrieved your official selective service number, please immediately submit their official "Change of Information Form" by mail so that they have your proper information corrected and updated in their internal records. Once you submit the change of information, it will be reflected online and going forward you can use the new name to verify your record with them. 

4. You don't have a Social Security Number.

If you are trying to register through their online method without a social security number, you will receive an error. Do not input your "TIN" or Tax ID Number, as this will not work either. Currently, they don't let you register online without a social security number but you can register by mail using their paper-based registration form. 

 

Recommendations:  Do not assume that just because you can't register through their online method that this means it is o.k. not to register, you MUST still register by mail and should do so immediately. Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here:

https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

Print it out, leave the social security number section blank, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their address listed on the form. To verify you have registered you will need to wait until you receive their official letter sent to you in the mail or you will need to call their representatives directly as since you also can't currently check or verify your registration online without a social security number.

5. You just received a new Social Security Number.

Many of our customers ask us why they receive errors when trying to register online with the official site at www.SSS.gov after correctly inputting their social security number that was recently issued. This is because the U.S. Selective Service System doesn't seem to have a mechanism yet to automatically add your new social security number to their internal online records when a new one is issued. If you fall into this category, you will need to register by mail.

 

Recommendations:  Register by mail instead of online. Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here:

https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

Print it out, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their official address listed on the form.

6. You were not born in the U.S.A.

It is a very common issue for immigrant men and individuals not born in the U.S. to have difficulty registering online using the U.S. Selective Service System's online-based method at www.SSS.gov due to no fault of their own. We estimate based on our research that this happens to approximately 10-12% of all individuals attempting to register with them through the online-based method, with the majority of those individuals being immigrants. This does not mean you shouldn't register, please do everything you can to ensure you are registered properly by submitting your registration by mail instead of online.

 

Recommendations:  Register by mail using their paper-based form immediately. Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here:

https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

Print it out, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their official address listed on the form immediately. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. Do not assume it has been completed just because you mailed the form, verify your information has processed by using their verification tool online or by contacting us for assistance.

7. You are applying for citizenship

It is a very common issue for those men applying for citizenship to not have known they were required to register in the first place or have difficulty registering online using U.S. Selective Service System's online-based method at www.SSS.gov due to no fault of their own. We estimate based on our research that this happens to approximately 10-12% of all individuals attempting to register with them through the online-based method, with the majority of those individuals being immigrants. This does not mean you shouldn't register, please do everything you can to ensure you are registered properly by submitting your registration by mail instead of online as it could adversely affect your citizenship application if you delay doing so.

 

Recommendations:  Register by mail using their paper-based form immediately. Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here:

https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

Print it out, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their official address listed on the form immediately. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. Do not assume it has been completed just because you mailed the form, verify your information has processed by using their verification tool online or by contacting us for assistance.

8. You are trying to register after you have turned 26 years old.

Many people try and register after they have turned 26 years old, not realizing that they are not allowed to. You will not be able to submit their online form if you are trying to register. 

Recommendations:  Before you give up thinking that you have not registered in time, check their online verification tool to see if you were registered previously and may have been previously unaware. Sometimes individuals do not realize that they were previously registered years prior through other means such as applying for financial aid (FAFSA), citizenship applications, drivers license departments, many of which have information-sharing agreements allowing them to automatically submit your details at your request to the Selective Service as part of their application process.

9. You are located overseas.

Many U.S. citizens live abroad but are still required to register as per the official U.S. Selective Service's guidance. At the time of this company guide, when these individuals try to access www.SSS.gov to attempt to register online, they are denied from accessing the page due to accessing the page from a foreign country. Therefore if you are trying to register online from overseas this and you are receiving a page error, it may be simply because you are overseas. This does not mean you don't have to register, you are required to register still.

Recommendations:  You can use our company online services to assist you. You can also register by mail using the official paper-based registration form immediately or go to your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to register in person. Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

Print it out, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their official address listed on the form immediately. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. Do not assume it has been completed just because you mailed the form, verify your information has processed by using their verification tool after 30 days or by contacting us for assistance.

10. Their system is down 

We receive many questions from customers regarding why the official U.S. Selective Service System online site at www.SSS.gov is not working properly or not allowing people to register online due to technical problems. This can be a common issue simply because they are processing millions of registrations every year and their systems may be overloaded at times. We've seen situations where their site has been down for days and other times down for minutes making it so individuals are unable to register or verify via their online tools. Some of these errors are provided in the example.

 

Recommendations:  Do not panic, they typically are aware the system is down. If you are trying to register and running out of time, keep a screenshot showing you attempted to register in the event you need to prove this. You will need to wait until the system is back up, it could be minutes or could be days. Simply refresh their online registration form and try to submit your information again. We also recommend immediately submitting their paper-based registration form as a back up in case the system is down for longer than normal.  Download the U.S. Selective Service System's official paper-based form here: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/regform_copyINT_1.pdf

 

Print it out, and fill out the rest of the form completely. Mail it to their official address listed on the form immediately. While mailing in the paper-based registration form will take longer to process (approximately 30-45 days), it may be the most efficient method to properly ensure you have registered. Do not assume it has been completed just because you mailed the form, verify your information has processed by using their verification tool after 30 days or by contacting us for assistance.

Disclaimer: Every year thousands of men lose key benefits for life because they failed to register with the official Selective Service System at www.SSS.gov. Our company wants to help change that by raising awareness and promoting the importance of all men registering for Selective Service, helping rapidly increase registration rates across America. We are not the official U.S. Selective Service System. We were created after learning how many individuals do not register each year or experience difficulties with the official U.S. Selective Service System registration and verification process. Our company guide and helpful tips above for registering or verifying your registration online is for informational purposes only, based on our experiences, and designed to help those who may be experiencing issues with registering or looking for additional assistance with registering properly with the U.S. Selective Service System. The information below is not official legal guidance and should not be taken as such. You can learn more about the official U.S. Selective Service System by going directly to their site at: www.SSS.gov.

Still need help? That's what our company is here for. Use one of our registration assistance forms or contact our company representatives who may be able to assist you further.

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