Social Security Number and Card

A New – and Faster – Way to Request a Social Security Card

June 3, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: June 3, 2022

Senior couple reviewing information onlineDo you need to apply for an original or replacement Social Security Number card?

We now have a new – and faster – way for you to start online.

When you go to our Social Security Number and Card webpage, we now ask you a series of questions to determine whether you can:

 

  • Complete the application process online.
  • Start the application process online, then bring any required documents to your local office to complete the application, typically in less time.

Once you complete your application (online or in-person), we will mail the card after we process the application. Please understand that we don’t issue cards at our offices.

Check your local office’s status

If you need to visit an office, we encourage you to first check the office’s status at our Office Closings and Emergencies page. Our offices tend to be the busiest in the morning, early in the week, and during the early part of the month. You may want to plan to visit at other times. 

Finish your application in the office

If you need to visit an office, please follow these steps to complete the application:

  1. Learn what types of documents you need to bring to your local office.
  2. Print and save the online control number shown once you complete the online application.
  3. Bring the online control number – along with the documents – to your local office within 45 days to finish your application. Find your local office using our Office Locator.
  4. Check-in at the kiosk when you arrive.
  5. Meet with one of our employees to verify the information that you completed online, and to review the documentation.

That’s it! You’ll receive the card in the mail, usually within 7 – 10 business days.

We’re continuously expanding our services to put you in control and help you secure today and tomorrow for you and your family. Please share this information with your friends and family – and post it on social media.


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Dawn Bystry, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

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  1. B W.

    I lost all my documents in a fire. I do not work, I don’t have any medical records or anything. How can I get my social security card without identification?

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  2. Julia J.

    How do I make an appointment to bring in my social security card documents to submit.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Julia. Thanks for visiting our blog. Generally, appointments are not needed to apply for Social Security cards. Most local offices have resumed in-person service for people without an appointment. Customers who walk in without appointments may encounter delays. Visit How to Get Help from Social Security to learn more, including what to know if you need to visit an office. We hope this helps.

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  3. Sharon H.

    Your login/password process is much too complicated. I’m looking for a phone number to contact you. There is no need for this much security!

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    • Pamela L.

      I would like to appeals my case I’m only work three days that’s about stop I’m have surgery on my back three. My Pamela Lancaster I can be reached at 2159643229

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Sharon. We are sorry to hear that. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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  4. Dionna

    Hello-
    I spent an hour waiting to get a replacement card due to a name change (marriage). The clerk said they were unable to take the marriage license as proof of marriage. What are other documents that can be used? I submitted my passport with my married name…

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    • Mrs. M.

      I need a replacement card

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      • Mrs. M.

        What do I need for a replacement card?

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      • Pamela L.

        My wallet was stolen my ID and social security card and birth certificate

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        • Ann C.

          Hi, Pamela. We are sorry to hear about your situation. First, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. 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 Social Security Number and Card page. If you suspect someone is using your Social Security number, you should go to http://www.idtheft.gov and report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). For more information, check out our publication, Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number. Thanks, we hope this helps. 

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      • Ann C.

        Hi, Mrs. Marlene. First, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. 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 Social Security Number and Card page. We hope this helps. 

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      • Diane D.

        I lost my s.s. card and need a new one

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        • Ann C.

          Hi, Diane. We are sorry to hear that. First, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. 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 Social Security Number and Card page. We hope this helps. 

          Reply
    • Ann C.

      Hi, Dionna. We are sorry to hear about your experience. To see what documents are needed to correct your name on your Social Security card, please visit here. We hope this helps. 

      Reply
  5. Jeremy H.

    Hello I lost my social security card along with my ID but to get my ID I have to have my social security card just wondering what all I would have to have to get a new social security card

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Jeremy. Thanks for visiting our blog. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:  

      •Employee identification card;

      •School identification card;

      •Health insurance card; or

      •U.S. military identification card.

      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). 

      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. 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 Learn What Documents You Will Need To Get A Social Security Card page. We hope this helps. 

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  6. Ricardo M.

    How do I know if my SS card has been sent. My wife received her a month ago.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Ricardo. Thanks for your question. To check the status of your Social Security card, please contact your local Social Security officeWe hope this helps. 

       

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      • Starr e.

        Need my social secretary card

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        • Ann C.

          Hi, Starr. Thanks for your comment. To see how to apply and what documents you will need to get a Social Security card, please visit our Social Security Number and Card page. We hope this helps. 

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      • Shawn P.

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