Need a Replacement Social Security Card?

You can now apply for a replacement Social Security card online using your personal my Social Security account. If you meet all requirements and live in some states or the District of Columbia, you can start using this service today. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount for more information.

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        • We the working class will most likely never see any benefit from the money taken from our pay each week.

          I would also like to opt out!

          • Thanks for using our blog, Anthony. If you are referring to opting out of Medicare Part B, you are in luck. If you wish to terminate your enrollment, a signed request for termination and a personal interview are required. Pleas contact your local Social Security office for further instructions. Your coverage will end the first day of the month after Social Security gets your request. We hope this helps.

        • If I didn’t have my SS I wouldn’t be able to live. Who’s going to support you in your old age or if you get injured and can’t work like me.

    • Thank you for your question Alex. People generally cannot voluntarily withdraw or stop participating in the Social Security program. Unless specifically exempt by law, everyone working in the United States must pay Social Security taxes on earnings from covered employment. The law makes an exemption only in very limited circumstances for members of certain religious groups.

      • So very true. I thank God everyday for Social Security. When my husband was killed in 1974 it was a blessing and helped me support my child.

    • yes , who do you represent? the Koch bros. or ALEC , or Ryan ,etc. ? just asking because real people know the value that SSA is cannot be replaced ! period!

      • I represent myself, a hardworking American immigrant. And I want a choice the one used to called freedom of choice not a replacement a simple choice.

          • Not really! You go outside USA, you lose your Healthcare benefits, SSI, Food allowance, etc. except your SSA. Not good SSA Policy!

          • Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms. Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions.
            While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments. Thank you for your support and for using our blog.

      • Hi Daniel. Generally, if you continue to work while receiving retirement (or survivors) benefits, your monthly benefit amount could increase. Each year, we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase monthly benefits. If an increase is due, a new monthly benefit amount is established on your record automatically. We will send you a letter telling you of your new benefit amount. We hope this information helps.

          • Hi Crystal. The length of time it takes to receive a decision after a hearing varies. We care about our customers and are working as fast as we can. For security reasons, we do not have access to information about your account in this venue. In your situation, we encourage you to contact your local office or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and speak to one of our representatives. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Thanks!

    • Hi Richard. Each year, we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase their monthly benefits. If your earnings for the prior year are higher than one of the years we used to compute your retirement benefit, we will recalculate your benefit amount. If an increase is due, a new monthly benefit amount is established on your record automatically.

  1. I am working two jobs to make ends meet. However my doctors are saying that I need to retire. My duties are getting harder for me to perform and more difficult to function with the medicine. But How would I live if I quick my job to apply until the application was complete? What are the rules? Are there any exceptions?

    • The earliest age you can apply for reduced Retirement Benefits is 62. In the other hand, Disability Benefits are paid to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to result in death. A person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. If eligible, you could consider applying for retirement benefits and also apply for disability benefits before you reach your full retirement age. You can start receiving your retirement benefits while we consider your application for disability benefits and wait for a medical decision. For more information visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability. Please call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local Social Security office for further assistance. We hope this information helps.

  2. I read that Social Security is the most efficient government program ever. Why does Paul Ryan want to gut it? What is he allowed to make millions of Americans fear they’ll lose their SS and Medicare? Why do Republicans go after low income people so viciously?

  3. I have a question on regards to what benefits cover a legal Alien as compare to a born Citizen. Maybe you can tell me where I can find the answer. thank you.

    • Thank you for your question Mario. Social Security benefits are payable to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents in the same way. However, there are many factors that could determine your eligibility. Current law requires that an individual earns 40 credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Work Credits are the “building blocks” we use to find out whether an individual has the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefits. We hope this information helps!

  4. I have looked everywhere for a link to replace a SS card after I have logged in. The site runs me around in circles and I find no link to do this online. Yes I live in a state that can apply online.

    • Thanks for the feedback James. We checked; the my Social Security application and links to the site used to apply online for a replacement Social Security card, appear to be up and running. Please try again.

    • Please let me know whether I can get replacement social security card in person as I have been staying in a hotel and still waiting for a job to reestablish my residence.

      • Yes, you can apply for a replacement Social Security card in person. Typically, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days, after we process your application.
        To locate the nearest office or card center, click here. 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. Thanks.

  5. Well I have missed the boat somewhere! Please direct me to the link. My understanding if you live in one of the states listed you can apply online for replacement. I just don’t see where?

  6. How do I go about replacing my lost social security card by getting it mailed to me asap through mail when I have no car or nothing to get there

    • Hi Ashley. First, 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. However, if you need a replacement card, we do offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to 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 “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

    • Hi Aston, 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 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 “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  7. Hello, your site is SO frustrating – I qualify to request a replacement card online, but the site keeps taking me around in circles and making me log in over and over without taking me to where I can order the card. Help??

    • Hi Mary. We experienced a brief period of interruption with the “my Social Security account” earlier today. Services have been restored and processing normally at this time. If you continue to have difficulties, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” and ask one of our representatives to assist you. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    • Hi Charles, you can use a birth certificate as proof of age or citizenship. Usually, we use it when we first establish your Social Security record. To get a replacement Social Security card you will need to present documents proving your identity. Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page for more information. Thanks!

    • No unfortunately you can’t get a new SSI card with your birth certificate. I was just at the SSI office getting a new SSI card. I had to bring my drivers license with me. But then they wouldn’t let me use my drivers license because it was expired. But if you have a recent drivers license your good. I had to have something current with my name and birthdate on it. The woman told me to go to my dr office and get something current with my name and birthdate on it and get it signed or stamped. I did. And it worked out fine.

  8. Hello my name’s les Anthony Golladay someone broke into my car and stole my wallet with my SS card in it. Now when I try to get a replacement card it says I have a loan with some bank that I never did and it wouldn’t let me get s replacement SS card

  9. Hi I just went to my SSI office for a replacement SSI card. Got a new job they said at the SSI office would be in the mail In about 14 days usually sooner. Does anybody know how long it actually takes to receive it? Does it actually take 7-10 days ?

  10. How do I get a new SS card.? I laminated my card years ago which i guess is a no no, did`t know this. Any way my drivers licences today and they refused to use it has form of ID because, it was laminated, and was told i had to get a replacement card. So please tell me how and what i need to do to replace my card.

    • Hi Donna, 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 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).
      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. We hope this helps!

    • Hi Sherri, 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 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).
      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. We hope this helps!

    • Hi Marie, 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 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 “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

    • Hi Debra, 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 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 “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  11. I’ve lost my social security card a while back I don’t memorize my social security numbers by hard now living over seas with my parents in Thailand what could I do

    • Hi Darla, 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 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 “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  12. I was told that I don’t need to pay for a replacement card, why did you charge me $38? I hope I don’t see a charge on my Visa statement.

  13. my old card was stolen I just need a new replacement SS card. I also want a copy of my birth certificate. I am retired on SS disability. Just help and make this easy not a major ordeal. thanks

    • Hi William. 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 replacement card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  14. We live in Palm Coast Fla. and my wife lost her purse with her SS card in it along with other documents . Can she apply for a replacement card online? My e-mail address is : condiwalt@hotmail.com my cell # is 3866276626. Thank You Walter Condi.

    • Thank you for your question, Walter. To see if your wife is eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents she will need to get a card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  15. My husband lost his social security card but he is out of the country and he don’t know his ss number either.. so my question is if I can go to the social security building and get a replacement card for him?? Or what can I do??

    • Hi Thomas, 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 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 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.
      When ready, you can take or mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or nearest Card Center in your area. Thanks!

    • Hi Kelly, 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 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 & Card” web page. We hope this helps!

    • 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 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. We hope this helps!

  16. I would like to request a social security benefit letter be mailed to me monthly beginning in March 2018; How do I request this.

  17. I need a replacement Social Security Card . Mine is lost somewhere amongst files in home. Cannot find it.

    • Hi Bonny, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  18. I Marsha Jane quesnel filled out all SS Questions on line..Even paid w/my debit card over $34.00 plus..I live in Spartanburg SC ..Haven’t heard anything from your office! Last two numbers are 1298.I simply needed a New card from Rivers (maiden name) to last name Quesnel…please Respond. Marsha J Quesnel by e mail phone number 864 621 4674. Email mjquesnel@att.net

    • Hi Marsha, you can get an original Social Security card or a replacement card if yours is lost or stolen. There is no charge for a Social Security card. 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.
      Remember, this service is free. You can report anyone attempting to charge you for getting a number or card, by calling our Office of the Inspector General hotline at 1-800-269-0271. Thanks!

  19. Where can I go to get a replacement copy of my social security card. I live in southern California Woodland hills

  20. Good Morning
    I am in need of a Social Security Card and Birth Certificate. May I do either of these or both on this site? I live in Tampa FL

  21. I entered my name, etc. to open an account and I was told to enter a valid first name. I entered my name exactly as is shown on my social card. So, what do I do now?

  22. I keep trying to set up an account so I can get a replacement social security card, but it keeps saying error with my name. My name is Donald LP Schroeder on my card, but it will only let me enter one letter for middle name, that is why I think it keeps rejecting it. What do I do?

  23. i went in a social security office in August 10th 2017 and still haven’t received my new card. What do i do?

    • Hello Annmarie. Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot provide an explanation at this time.
      At this point, you will have to apply again. 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.
      In April we celebrate “National Social Security Month”, see what you can do online at http://www.SocialSecurity.gov. Thanks!

    • Hi Edwin, 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 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. We hope this helps!

    • Hi Justin, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  24. I need a social security replacement card I lost my name several years ago and they told me at the driver’s license place that I would definitely need one this was new to me so I am going up in a rush to get it by the 22nd of April

    • Hi Terry, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  25. I live in Indiana and need a replacement SS card for mine has been misplaced. I’ve had it for 54 years…how could I do that? Can you tell me how to get a new one?

  26. I need a replacement card, I live in Tennessee. Please can you email me the best way to go about getting a new card.

    • Hi Shawn, 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 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 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. We hope this helps!

  27. My husband lost his soc sec cards years ago. He is 84 and drawing his stuff.if he should die would I need his soc sec card?

    • Hello Sylvia, in most cases we rarely need to show our Social Security card. Knowing our Social Security number is what is important.
      However, your husband can request a replacement Social Security card. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security 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).
      Your husband may be eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online. We -also- offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or the nearest Card Center in your area.
      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. We hope this information helps!

    • Hello Walter, 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 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. We hope this helps!

    • Hello Wendell, 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 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.
      We hope this information helps!

  28. Years ago I became a legal citizen and will be retiring soon, I understand I will need a new social security card, is this correct and what do I need to do please?
    Thank you.

  29. I am unable to request for a relacement social security card it blocks me out and states I need to redo it again in 24 hours I have been trying to get a replacement card since the 20th of April 2018

  30. Is there a schedule for more states to be added to the online SSN replacement application? It is very inconvinient and usually expensive to drive and park in a big city just to prove you’ve lived here since birth, possess a passport and state driver’s license to get a replacement SS Card. I am a MN resident, U.S. Marine Corps Vet and a born and raised US Citizen.

    • Hi Kathleen, you will need to apply for a replacement Social Security card. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your 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 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 to see what documents you will need to get a card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page.
      We offer the option to mail your completed application with the original documents or certified copies to your local Social Security office or the nearest Card Center in your area. We hope this helps!

  31. I was wondering if i could fax the application over with the copy of birth certificate for my client that i am working with or do i need to send all through mail

    • Hi Mary, if you’re referring to an application for a Social Security card, any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show the person’s name, and other identifying information (their date of birth or age). We offer the option to mail the completed application with original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or the nearest Card Center in your area. To learn more on the process and to see what documents you will need to get a card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. Thanks!

    • Thank you for reaching out to us, Shelly. We’re sorry to hear about your stolen Social Security card. You rarely need to show your Social Security card, knowing your number is what’s important. However, if you must get a replacement card, learn more on how to do this at http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/. If you are concerned that someone could misuse your Social Security number, and would like to learn more about “Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number” check out our publication at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10064.pdf. We hope this is helpful.

    • Hi Peter, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  32. My Number. *** – ** – *** last was on old paper card. Maybe lost in Washing machine/ dryer? Was on old expired blue WI. medical assistance card. LOST! But newer white card doesn’t PETE

  33. My wallet was stolen from me, and I was so used to having all my cards in one place, I am lost now. I do not have my card, I think I can guess what it might be, but I don’t want to take the chance of being wrong.It ,along with my drivers license, insurance cards are gone with the pictures of my children and grandchildren. I do not want help for something devious, I am infuriated that my wallet and all it’s contents are gone. Is it possible to get a duplicate ?

    • Hello Annie, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  34. I was advised by ssa to request a replacement social security card by mail. They cannot access Louisiana records so I cannot do this on line. I need an address in which to make my request. Thank You

  35. I recently applied for my ss benefits . I was very impressed with the courtesy of your employee.As a former self employed owner i wanted to thank you.

    • Thank you for your comment, Kevin! We’re pleased we can help. We will continue our efforts to meet your requirements and expectations in the years to come. Happy Retirement!

    • Hello Samuel. Generally, prison and parole documents are not acceptable as evidence of identity, unless received directly from the institution (detention center) participating on a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
      Under the terms of a signed MOU, we may process properly completed (SS-5) applications from certain prison inmates when accompanied by a certification statement from an authorized prison official as evidence of the inmate’s identity. We recommend you check with the institution’s counselors for more details on this topic.
      To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a replacement Social Security card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this information helps!

    • Hi Jacob, 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 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. We hope this helps!

  36. I have an image of my social security card but I have lost the hard copy of it. Is there any way to make a new ss card of the same old ssn Number?

    • Hi Ranish, 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 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).
      Your Social Security number does not change when you request a replacement Social Security card.
      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. We hope this helps!

  37. Grayce Lillian Reckner has not received her new card. Dob 1-26-29. Should she worry about it? I am her daughter

  38. My state id is expired i have not worked in 4 years i have a birth certificate and utility bills , how can i get a ss card? it seems im in no mans land can get id without SS and cant get SS because everything is expired must be something i can do….

    • Hello Joseph. Generally, your birth certificate is used as proof of birth and citizenship. We use it to establish your Social Security record.
      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 school identification card, health insurance card, or a recent medical record.
      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. We hope this information helps!

  39. I applied on line for a social security replacement card on or around 5/7/2018.
    I still have not received it or any information on the status. I’m having difficulty trying to follow up the status. It’s been almost one month and I’m concerned.

  40. It would be really helpful if you provided an address that was easily found that tells us where we send the replacement card application. It is not on the form or easily found on the website. My mom is 80 years old and couldn’t find it and I had a hard time as well. Thanks!

  41. Hi There,

    I am trying to apply for a replacement Social Security Card for my minor daughter. Is this possible online if she is under the age of 18?

  42. I have just realized that my social security card and that of my deceased husband, is missing. How do I replace mine and is it possible that someone could be using it?

    • Hi Anna, 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 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.
      To see what you should do if you think someone is using your Social Security number, see our Frequently Asked Questions web page.
      We hope this information helps!

    • 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 Mildred, 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 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. We hope this helps!

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