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1 Million Social Security Replacement Cards and Counting

April 26, 2018 • By

hand holding social security card Your Social Security number is your first and continuous link with Social Security, so losing your card can be frustrating. Luckily, there’s a way to replace your card when you need it, with our online replacement card service. It’s quick, easy, and free! Now, more than one million people have requested a replacement card through our service, and we’re still adding states to the list of those who can use the online service!

To replace your card online, first you’ll need to log in to or create your my Social Security account. We protect your personal information using identity verification and security features. Your security and protection are what matter most; you can take control of your future with secure access to your information anytime, anywhere!

You’ll also need to meet certain requirements. You must be a United States citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address, can’t be requesting a name change or any other change to your card, and must have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card from a participating state. We’ve just added Colorado, Montana, New York, and Wyoming to Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware (driver’s license only), the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin (driver’s license only).

Keep in mind that in many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. In most cases, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. But if you do need a replacement, we make it easy. Once you log in to your account, you can follow the instructions to request your replacement Social Security card online.

Learn more about getting a replacement Social Security card and find out if you can request yours online by visiting our Social Security number and card page. No matter where, how, or when you decide to do business with us — we strive to provide the best experience and services to put you in control. Join the million people who have already gone online to request their Social Security cards!


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  1. Cheryl

    When requesting a replacement social security card drivers license is a requirement as proof. If I can’t go into a local social security office do I have to mail my original drivers license card with my request to replace my social security card?

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  2. Barry. Evans

    I want to ordet my ss # card now

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Barry, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Social Security Number and Card web page for details on how to get a new, replacement or corrected Social Security card.

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  3. Lee H

    Your website for requesting a replacement card does not work. I have set up an account and tried requesting more than once. It repeatedly says not available at this time or information does not match. I have checked the information and there is no reason why it should not match. Not a workable website. Will be forced to visit the office as I do not trust sending in original documents.

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  4. Robert Cron

    The Website keeps telling me that it is EASY to get a replacement SSN card online ( in California ) and directs me to log in to “My Social Security” account…. which promptly tells me…”We’re sorry, You cannot request a Replacement SSN Card online.” Both my wife and I have the EXACT same issue. Which is it… can you or can’t you? My wife called, as we really need something that proves her SSN, in order to get a California “Real-ID” and was told she will have to fill out the form and mail it in, along with her passport, or her CA Drivers license and she might get those back in about 2 to 4 weeks…. What is going ON?

    This is the height of stupidity.

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  5. Dorjee sherpa

    Before 6monts I correct my social security name dorjee. N I got mail of correct name but mistakenly someone throw my mail in garbage so how can I get new social security card

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Dorjee, thank you for your question. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. However, if you must get a replacement card, you may be able to apply online. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to apply for a replacement Social Security card. If you are unable to apply online and you do not want to mail in your documents, which will be returned, you may need to wait for the offices to reopen. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find your local office address. We hope this helps.

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  6. Rinton Dribo

    We loss my daughter SSN

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    • Ann C., Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi, Rinton. Thanks for your comment. Generally, when applying for a replacement Social Security card for a child under the age of 18, we consider the parent(s) or step-parent with custody, as the proper applicant. Remember that knowing her number is what is important. You will rarely need to show her card, but if you need information on how to obtain a replacement Social Security card, visit our Frequently Asked Questions. You will need to present documents proving your identity, your daughter’s identity and citizenship status (if not already established), and evidence of your relationship to, or responsibility for, your child. Keep in mind the submitted documents must be originals. You can use birth certificates to prove your children’s age or citizenship; however, you cannot use it as proof of identity. We hope this helps.

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  7. Amber Gilbert

    Need a replacement social security card not online through mail

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  8. Juan Delgado

    Trying to get a replacement for my granddaughter ss card she does not have an id. She is in school. Can I apply or what can be done?

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  9. Susan M Wagoner

    All I want to do is replace my Social Security Card, can’t figure out what you are telling me to do

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Susan, thank you for your question. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. However, if you must get a replacement card, you may be able to apply online. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to apply for a replacement Social Security card. If you are unable to apply online and you do not want to mail in your documents, which will be returned, you may need to wait for the offices to reopen. You can also call your local office and see if they will mail you an SSN printout instead of a replacement Social Security card. We are unable to process replacement Social Security card requests by phone at this time. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find your local office address. We hope this helps.

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  10. John D. Craft

    Question: As of May 17,2018 you have been sending new Medicare Cards with new Medicare numbers apparently. I have not received mine yet and am wondering when I will be getting mine.

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