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 www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/.

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 www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.

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36 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 http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/
      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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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………

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. I live in one of the states for which the online replacement option should be available for US citizens. But at the ssa.gov 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.

    https://secure.ssa.gov/mySSA/docs

    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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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