California Drivers Can Now Replace Their Social Security Card Online

woman sitting on laptop outside by the waterReplacing your lost or misplaced Social Security card doesn’t have to be a chore. Our online application makes getting a replacement card super easy. No sitting in traffic, a local office, or a Card Center.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added California to the growing list of 16 other states and the District of Columbia where you can use this service.  California joins Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin provided residents with online access to replace their cards.

If you own a California driver’s license or a state-issued identification card, you can now request their replacement Social Security card online through our secure my Social Security portal. As long as you’re only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free online service from the comfort of your home, office, and even the beach.

You’ll need to create a my Social Security account at

Because your security and protection matters to us, 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. Once you have a personal account, simply follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card. In many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. Most of the time, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough.

More than 100,000 people have replaced their Social Security card online through our safe, convenient, and secure systems. You can be next, as long as you meet certain requirements.

Visit our website to find out whether you can request your replacement Social Security online, and what the requirements are in your area at


61 thoughts on “California Drivers Can Now Replace Their Social Security Card Online

  1. I am very concerned about this process. Some states give out drivers license without citizenship and apparently many non-citizens already have SS cards.
    This looks political to me!

    • The link above
      shows “You can use a my Social Security account to apply for a replacement Social Security card online if you:
      •Are a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses);

      Sounds like there is nothing to be concerned about. I believe this is why they provide links. So that one can research further with facts, and not assumptions.

    • Thank you for your comment Jerry. The Internet Social Security Number Replacement Card application (iSSNRC)— is an online application that will allow adult U.S. citizens who meet certain criteria to request replacement Social Security number cards through the Agency’s my Social Security portal.
      We strive to balance security and customer service options, and we want to ensure that our online services are both easy to use and secure. The my Social Security service has always featured a robust verification and authentication process, and it remains safe and secure.

    • Hi Wilberto, you can rest assured that we will continue our efforts to provide the public with world-class service. We plan to expand this service in more states later on. Stay tuned!

    • Because The Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV MUST give access to their database so that The Social Security Administration is able to match the drivers license number or state i.d. number along with name and address information with the state.

      Certain states have not given access to their DMV database to The Social Security Administration, that is why Social Security can not match information to the other states.

      Once the state gives access to their DMV database, Social Security will be able to match information in those state and then issue a replacement Social Security card.

      So this is not Social Security’s fault that there are only about 20 states listed at this point. As more states give access to their DMV database, more states will be added.

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  3. States have to have the ability to allow verification of their records while protecting your personal information from intrusion. Many jurisdictions would prefer to charge a fee for this service and may balk at providing information (and for free) for any number of reasons. The federal government cannot compel the states to comply unless it is in federal law. As voters prefer more and more to allow states more freedom from federal mandates (based on who they are electing to Congress), you have to choose between your principles and your convenience. In my experience with too many people their principles go right out the window with the slightest hint of inconvenience. Not sure we should then call them principles…lol.

  4. I know that we have all kinds of people in all walks of life, But you people takes cake, we do not have enough of corrupted People with double IDs and now Thanks to you we will now have Triple and Perhaps quadruplets that will collect on Social Security illegally and Disability.
    Thanks to stupid jerks like you!

    • None!

      This doesn’t make it easier AT ALL to apply for an ORIGINAL Social Security card.

      Do you realize this is only for REPLACEMENT CARDS!

      Meaning a person would have to, at birth have a parent apply through the enumeration at birth process, an alien would have to apply face to face or a U.S. citizen that their parent never applied through the enumeration at birth process would at a later point in life would have to apply face to face to get an ORIGINAL card.

      All the rules are still the same, so no dogs will be collecting SSI………

  5. I have just set up a my SS account for the sole purpose of getting a replacement ss card, but the website tells me I need to contact my local office!!! This is NOT what your article above says. I have a CA driver’s license and I am a citizen, but it is not giving me an option to handle this via the website. The worst part is that in the process it made me sign that I gave up my rights to paper statements, which I did not want to do. to get that reinstated I have to fill out a huge form and mail it in. This is completely non user friendly!!!!!

    • I have a CA driver’s license and I am a citizen, but it is not giving me an option to handle this via the website.

    • We are sorry you are having issues 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” for help with a my Social Security account. Yes, sometimes, it might be best to visit your local Social Security office for further assistance.

  6. I had no idea that there was a day for window safety. I suppose you can never be too careful. Nobody wants to have an accident or get hurt because of their windows. Maybe I should set up a plan with my family .

  7. When will the small state of Vermont be added to the list of states able to obtain a replacement social security card online…driving to a local office is a hardship for many due to the rural locations of towns and villages in Vermont..a round trip for us would be close to 100 miles…that is absurd with all the technology available..why would the VT DMV not share data with another agency in order to streamline a process to obtain such an important document? I look forward to seeing Vermont on the list soon…..

    • We plan to add more states in the future, so we encourage you to check with us later in the year!

  8. Lots of complaints, I see. Too many, actually. I used the website and found it to be efficient. I had all the verifying information, and could answer all questions and populate all required fields. My replacement card is on the way.
    I am concerned, however, about potential fraud. This online service joins countless others that “make it easier”; Sure, but what about the jobs it replaces? What happened to humans taking care of other humans face-to-face? Technology is not only stealing work from the human race, it lacks a sense of judgement only a person can apply.
    So, yes, I used it today. I wanted to see how easy it is. It’s ok, not special in any way. I won’t use it again, nor will I recommend it to anyone.

    • Thank you for your question Marina. We plan to expand this service in more states later on. Stay tuned!

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  10. I live in one of the states for which the online replacement option should be available for US citizens. But at the site the following appears:

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, you can request a replacement card through your local office or by mail.
    If you are a U.S. citizen, please notify your local office.

    Can you provide a link to where in the ssa site a replacement card can be obtained?

    • We apologize for the inconvenience, Ken. The site to apply online for a replacement Social Security card appears to be working. Generally, the error message you mentioned means there may be a discrepancy in our records, and you are required to contact us. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and one of our agents will provide further guidance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thank you.

  11. Like others, using the My Social Security account, I don’t have the option of replacing my SS card online (I’ve been a California resident for over 10 years). I am instructed to contact my local office – the ability to not have to deal with the hassle of contacting my local office is the primary benefit of doing this online! From what I can tell from searching online, many CA residents are in the same situation. Help!

  12. Your site sends me to My Account. I signed in and requested local California Offices. Then it sends me back to My account and the same instructions send me back to this site. All I want is a list of Southern California offices, since, apparently, US citizens must notify their local office. There is no opportunity to request a replacement card on line.

  13. I am a California resident requesting a replacement SSAN card. It says I can do this online but I have been attempting to find where to do it and it just keeps sending me back to mySoc etc. I have created an account for this purpose. Very frustrating that there is no clear path to accomplish this on your website.

  14. I have a CA driver’s license and just tried this online capability. CA DMV announced this capability 4/11/17 and the SSA announced it 4/24/17. I can see from the above that IT DID NOT WORK on 4/26/17 & IT STILL DOES NOT WORK for me today, 7/30/18.
    The call to the helpdesk did not help as they blamed a technical glitch of 2 months ago to my citizenship status for this capability not working!
    What is wrong? Can someone take the responsibility

    • This is Dana again and, yes, I am replying to my own entry.
      To everyone who has taken the time to post on this blog about this online capability not working, I have some information for you. Contact your LOCAL card center for SSA and ask them what data is missing or is incorrect in their system. In my case, my citizenship was ‘unknown’ which supposedly did not allow me to logon to request a replacement card although it did allow me to create a logon account to SSA. I am going to go tomorrow to ‘become a citizen in the eyes of SSA’ and then try to logon again. I will keep you posted.

    • Hello Heather. Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. We may -also- be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any document 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 “Social Security Number and Card” web page. Thanks!

    • Hi Laurie. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot check on the status. To confirm receipt and processing of the application, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or you can contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks.

  15. Dear Mr. Borland, today (11/28/2018) I used my SS account to request a replacement SS card (mine has been lost); the site says this is not possible, and looking at the states in which such is allowed I see that California (despite a 4/24/2017 post attributed to you) is not among the states listed as accepting online applications.
    Help! I will just settle for a specific address (street/city/zip code) to which I can mail my application and from which I will receive a replacement card. I can find no such address on line. Thank you, MKHalland

  16. I am trying to get a replacement SS card. I have tried for two days to set up a “My SS account” and have been locked out for the second time. It says I have an account which I have no record of ever doing in my password
    file which I have carefully maintained for 20 years. I am unable to make an appointment for weeks and the wait time at the local office was hours without an appointment. This is just crazy.

    • We’re sorry that you had difficulty accessing your my Social Security account. If you are still having trouble accessing your account, please call our dedicated my Social Security-Hotline. To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”. Sometimes is better to contact your local Social Security office.
      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” web page. Thanks!

  17. Why are you posting this outdated article about California drivers being allowed to replace their Social Security card online? We set up an identity for my wife and were promptly refused!

    • Hi, Mike. We apologize for the inconvenience that your wife is experiencing. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about personal accounts in this venue. Remember that knowing her number is what is important. She will rarely need to show her card. However, if she must get a replacement card and she is having difficulty applying online, she can apply in person at her local Social Security office or she can mail her application to her local office. To print the application, she can go here. Once she completes it, take or mail it with her original documents to her local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  18. I am a California native with a valid DL. When I tried to used the online portal to get a replacement SSA card the site indicates that I cannot even though articles and site information says I can

    I need card for new job after wallet and card are lost (passport expired)

    Please help me understand

  19. At the top of this page, it says California Drivers can now replace their social security card on line. We went to the Social Security Office and it was very crowded but we saw a sign that said you could get a replacement card on line. We came home and went through the set up process only to be told you can’t get a replacement card by requesting it on line. Someone needs to correct the message posted on this page above.

  20. I cannot create a Social Security email account. The online application assumes I have a mortgage, and recently opened a new credit card account: I have neither a mortgage or new credit card.
    Then it locked me out of the application process. Will you help me?

  21. i still have my old social security card but i did not know then (39 years ago) that it should not be laminated, do i need a replacement card ?

    • Hi Angelito. 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, we have good news! You may be eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online. We hope this helps.

  22. How do I know if I have already have an account. Tried going online to create one and had such with applying a password that I got very frustrated and just stopped trying.

  23. Ok so i’m a California resident, I created an online account to order a replacement SSN card but when I click on the link for “Social Security Card Replacement” I get a message saying, “We’re sorry. We cannot process your request.” and “You cannot request a replacement card online.” Without any additional information. What gives? Your site clearly states that California residents can apply for a replacement card online.

    • Hi, John. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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