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Need a Replacement Social Security Card?

November 23, 2016 • By

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

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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  1. Rich E.

    The process for getting a replacement SS card for my 16 year old requires that I submit my drivers license as proof of identify – which I obviously can’t do since I need it for driving (I don’t have a current passport). The SS offices are closed. Will a copy of my DL be accepted? Otherwise, it currently impossible to get a child card.

    • Vonda

      Thank you for using our blog, Rich. That is not something that you can do online. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for information on how to replace a Social Security card for a child. To learn more on the process and what documents you and your child will need to get a card, please visit our Learn what documents you will need to get a Social Security Card web page. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find your local office address. We hope this helps.

      • Rich

        This did not answer the question at all. I’ve seen everything online. It doesn’t answer the question of how to provide proof of identity when the only acceptable proof (driver’s license) cannot be provided because state law requires that I have it when driving. Could someone actually read the question and provide an answer?

        • Vonda

          Hi Rich. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on getting help with Social Security cards. You may be able to provide secondary level identity documents. For specific questions, you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  2. Zaid k.

    How can get a replacement of a lost social security number or card for my daughter of 6 years and we live out side USA

    • Vonda

      Hi Zaid, thanks for using our blog. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  3. Richard M.

    My X wife will not give me my kids social security numbers to file my taxes , how could I get the numbers ?

    • Vonda

      Hi Richard, thanks for using our blog. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  4. Donna B.

    My husband adopted my son and I’m not sure what or how to change his last name on his SS card we have the new birth certificate with his new last name in it.

    • Vonda

      Hi Donna, thanks for using our blog. If you legally change your child’s name because of adoption, court order or any other reason, you need to get a corrected Social Security card. Visit our Learn What Documents You Need for details on the documentation requirements. Under the heading, “Type of Card,” select “Corrected” for a list of the documents needed. For complete instructions, go to the Social Security Number and Card web page. We hope this helps!

  5. Ana I.

    My identity was stolen and used to file taxes….what should I do?

    • Vonda

      Hi Ana, thanks for using our blog. Generally, identity theft issues are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. Visit http://www.identitytheft.gov to report identity theft and get a recovery plan or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338).

      Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on what you can do if you think someone is using your Social Security number.

  6. Melinda

    I need a replacement card for my 11 yr old. My local office is Mission Viejo and it is closed due to Covid. This is not something I can do online. So what do I do?

  7. Sandy

    I have found information to request copy of social security card online, however, is there a way to request a copy of social security card by mail? if so, what form do I need?

    • Vonda

      Hi Sandy, thank you for your question. 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. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for details on getting help with your Social Security number. We hope this helps!

  8. Hannah M.

    Can i use my student id to get my social security card as identification?

  9. Nancy C.

    How can I get a replacement card for my 16 y/o son? Can I order online or will I have to go to the office?

  10. Brandi B.

    I never received my sons SS card in the mail after he was born I was told it may be because we have different last names. How do I get it mailed to me again?

    • Vonda

      Hi Brandi, thanks for using our blog. Please call your local Social Security office to check on the status of your son’s Social Security number. Look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

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