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100,000 Have Replaced Their Social Security Cards Online

October 13, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

issnrc-100000Losing an important document, like a Social Security card, can sometimes be a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be. Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey, not just when you’re ready to retire. We’re here in the event that you need disability benefits, survivors benefits, a record of your earnings, and even when you need to request a replacement Social Security card.

And now, if you live in a growing number of states, you can request a replacement Social Security card online.  Our new online version of the Application for a Social Security Card can make getting a replacement super easy and stress free. It allows people in certain areas to apply for a replacement card through our secure my Social Security account portal without traveling to a field office or card center as long as you’re not requesting a name change or any other change to your card.

One hundred thousand people have already replaced their card through their personal my Social Security account. Yes, that’s right, 100,000! You can be one of the next 100,000 who replaces their Social Security card online, as long as you meet certain requirements.

Currently, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, and South Dakota provide residents with online access to replace their cards. Later this year we plan to add more states to this growing list.

To get started, you’ll need to create a personal my Social Security account. When you open a personal my Social Security account, we protect your information by using strict identity verification and security features. The application process has built-in features to detect fraud and confirm your identity. Your security and protection is what matters the most. Once you have a personal account, simply access your account and follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card. It’s safe, convenient, and secure.

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.

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.

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Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Anne T.

    I am the widow of a retired navy chief who did 3 tours in Vietnam. He died suddenly & unexpectedly a little over a year ago. He was getting a pension & his social security both stopped coming when he died. We were married 39 yrs & I haven’t been in good health physically or mentally for awhile. I’ve applied for disability twice been turned down. Have lawyer but still waiting. I’m 59 & have worked probably about 45 yrs of my life. Getting to my question if not approved for disability for some reason will I be able to draw on husbands social security when turn 60? I’m barely surviving at this point. Wasn’t supposed to be like this. Thank you for listening.

    • Chris

      Anne, Marc gave you good advice if you have had an attorney especially for your original and second denial. Allsup is comprised of retired SSA claims reps and employees who know the ins and outs as to why you might have been denied. A lot of other firms you see on TV actually have paralegals do the work and while they have some success you will have very little contact with an actual attorney from what I have heard.

      Also contact the VA to see what benefits you might be eligible for from your husbands record.

      Good luck to you.

    • David

      Yes, you can

  2. ata

    Fewer people in line eh? That could mean that we’ve reached a point where we don’t want to stand in line.

  3. fermina p.

    I created one but i don’t remember the password, but i keep the card with me at all time, for the meeting i’m not able to attendt

  4. barry a.

    I don’t understand your page

  5. Abi M.

    Do I need multiple ID’s If I need replacement cards for my children?

  6. Tom

    Keep in mind there is a limit on the number of cards. Both Money and Forbes magazine have as the absolute worst thing to do in not protecting your identity as having your card on you at all times. Wishful thinking is not a defense against identity theft. The reason for the limit is that most Americans vote for less government. That means those that want less have to do more. This means not putting your identity needlessly at risk and then expecting other taxpayers to pick up the tab going after the bad guys because of your carelessness. By preventing needless spending, you reduce the cost of government. The other alternative is if you make a claim of identity theft, then you get the bill and the rest of us are off the hook!

    • Sampa


  7. V. D.

    Good article, never thought I would rely on SS so much as I am now, but it really helps.

  8. Audrey

    Your use of technology and the innovations your agency has made are so helpful and really appreciated. I love having an on line Social Security account.

  9. ORAL P.

    Well this would be a good day to go then!

    • Aloha G.


  10. Moneyman

    I created one and don’t remember the password, so I just gave up since I am retired, and never lose my social security card.

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