Where to Find Green Card Number?

Updated on September 1, 2020

Occasionally, you will be asked to provide a green card number if you are a lawful permanent resident (“green card holder”) in the United States. So what is a green card number? Where to find a green card number?

What is a green card number?

A green card number, also known as the receipt number, is a 13-digit number that is printed on a permanent resident card (“green card”). The green card number generally begins with three letters followed by a series of 10 numbers. However, please do not confuse green card number with alien registration number (A-Number).

Where to find green card number?

The location of the green card number depends on when a green card was issued because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned the green card several times in the last dozens of years. You may find the green card number according to the following examples.
Green Card Number Location 1
Example 1-Green Card Number
Green Card Number Location 2
Example 2-Green Card Number
Green Card Number Location 3
Example 3-Green Card Number


Why the first three letters of my green card is different from others?

The first three letters of a green card number represent the USCIS service center that received your initial green card application. There are twelve service centers. Each of them has a specific three digit code:

CSC – California Service Center
EAC – Eastern Adjudication Center (now known as Vermont Service Center)
IOE – ELIS (efile)
LIN – Lincoln Service Center (now known as Nebraska Service Center)
MSC – Missouri Service Center (now known as National Benefits Center)
NBC – National Benefits Center
NSC – Nebraska Service Center
SRC – Southern Regional Center (now known as Texas Service Center)
TSC – Texas Service Center
VSC – Vermont Service Center
WAC – Western Adjudication Center (now known as California Service Center)
YSC – Potomac Service Center

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