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100,000 Have Replaced Their Social Security Cards Online

October 13, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 4, 2021

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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  1. ST

    How are the participating states for online services chosen? Specifically why isn’t North Carolina listed?

  2. dani

    ” Good article! We will be linking to this great post on our site. Keep up the great writing. ”

  3. David

    I have tried this countless times in different browsers. This site ( tells me to log in and even though I was already logged in it made me log in again. When I get to MySocialSecurity/My Home/Overview the replacement tab just links me back to the website. How do I get to the online application? A url would be nice.

    • Ray F.

      We apologize for the inconvenience David. You need to use a my Social Security account to apply for a replacement Social Security card online. If you meet all other requirements to apply for a replacement card online, and if you’re having trouble creating or accessing your account, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk”. Individuals can speak to a Social Security representative for help with a my Social Security account between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 midnight Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Our Frequently Asked Questions web page provides additional information. We hope this helps.

  4. Beverly

    For a person born June 1941 , when would they have been declared full retirement age as a survivor ?

    • Ray F.

      Hi Beverly. This chart lists full retirement ages for survivors based on year of birth.

  5. Jean

    Any Government agency help the people that are not US citizen. From welfare system to SSI, SSD any service government agency. This country doesn’t take care of Native American who born here. What I see is a lot of services for the people from other country. So if y VOTE y need to understand what y voting there needs to be changes in this nation. The Government needs to help there USA citizens first before offering to help the Non citizen for votes. That my person point of view I see a lot wrong with the laws.

  6. Bill H.

    Why not make plastic SS cards like credit cards?. It can’t cost much mare and continuously mailing replacement cards because the paper ones fall apart probably cost more than a plastic card.

  7. Duane L.

    Can i pick up a replacement social security card at a social security office the same day with the right documents.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Duane. We can only provide you with a receipt showing you have applied for a replacement Social Security card. Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, we process your request and you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page.

  8. Duane L.

    Can i pick up a replacement social security card at a social security office the same day the right documents.

  9. Tony S.

    I was unable to make any blog postings regarding the news reports that 9.700 California Army National Guard soldiers and veterans had been ordered to repay +/-$15,000 in enlistment bonuses from the 2000s. Sgt. Toni Jaffe pleaded guilty to filing false claims for handing out more than $15 million in bonuses to ineligible soldiers and is serving a 30 month sentence. Eligibility was apparently limited to civil and intelligence officers and did not cover “grunts”. So far $22 million has been repaid. Veterans have bills between $15,000 and $24,000 with interest. The overpayment decision is unlawful under the Sec. 204(a) of the Social Security Act 42US404(a) for the reason that the paymaster should be immune from detention under Sec. 204(c) 404(c). Unlawful detention aside, the California National Guard is guilty of deprivation of relief benefits 18USC246 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and this is particularly offensive to the Armed Forces Retirement Home trust fund 24USC419. The California National Guard is even more guilty of deprivation of relief benefits than SSA regarding the 0.3% rather than 3% COLA (x2) and Medicare premium neoplasm ($104.90). As part of SSAs reform SSA must learn to prosecute the government for deprivation of relief benefits under 18USC246 so that it would be as if any depression of relief benefits never occurred. From the information given to the press the only improper payments ever made in this case were the $22 million that were stolen from troops who have been entitled to hostile fire pay since the American revolution. The California National Guard is advised to return the soldiers and veterans their money and be happy. The Social Securtyi Administration is appalled.

  10. Marc

    @Tinfoil Tammy: Your daily cut and pasted inane rant is incorrect, incoherent, and outright insane. It has nothing to do with the subject, it makes absolutely no sense, and nothing about it is true.

    The rules of Social Security are clear and set forth in this website for all to read, if they bother, that is. SSA also has printed materials they provide to anyone, FREE asking that clearly explain their rules. And in case you can’t read or you don’t (or don’t want to accept) what you’ve read, you can call or actually take your lazy tushy down to your nearest Social Security office and ASK someone to explain it to you- though I daresay many have tried, you just don’t want to hear it.

    The FACT is, you are NOT ENTITLED to Social Security payments. You are a DEPENDENT of your husband. If he claims you in his income tax as such, HE is swearing that he’s supporting upu. Social Security is for people who PAID INTO the system, and you did not. You were a disabled child, and it sounds like your parents collected for that, then you collected as an “adult disabled child” after you reached the age of majority, until your marriage. That IS in the rules, if you didn’t know it before it’s entirely your own fault for not finding out BEFORE you married. Adult disabled children are only eligible if they are on their own with noted resources and no one to take care of them. You chose to marry. Both legally and morally, your husband is now obligated to take care of you, NOT the government and by extension, ALL ofus, the taxpayers. Stop blaming the government for not guaranteeing you and your husband second income. Here’s the truth of life: the world does NOT owe you anything. Please stop cut and pasting your ignorant, irrelevant, immature rant on every single SSA blog every single day. We’ve all gotten the point now – you’re unhinged.

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