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California Drivers Can Now Replace Their Social Security Card Online

April 24, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

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

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications


  1. Larry a.

    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.

  2. GEORGE C.

    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.

  3. John M.

    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!

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  5. Ken

    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?

    • Ray F.

      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.

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  7. Marina

    When will Virginia be able to get social security replacement card online?

    • Ray F.

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

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  9. Auntie

    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.

  10. C L.

    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…..

    • Ray F.

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

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