How To Get A New Social Security Card

In order to request a new Social Security card you will need to provide documentation that proves you are a US citizen and be able to verify age and identification. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. The Social Security administration office will not accept photocopies, notarized copies of documents or receipts showing you applied for the document. Your Social Security card will arrive in about 10 business days. Before then, you can ask for a temporary social security card if you need it before then.

Social Security may use one document for two purposes, such as using your US passport as proof of both citizenship and identity. However you are still required to provide at least two separate documents. This page assumes you are an adult and a US citizen.

Documentation For US Citizenship

Only certain documents are accepted as proof of US citizenship. These include a US birth certificate or a US passport.

Documentation To Verify Age

You must present your birth certificate. If a birth certificate does not exist, then they may accept a religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth, US hospital record of your birth; or a US passport. Anyone age 12 or older requesting a new Social Security number must appear in person for an interview. They will need proof that you do not have one already.

Documentation To Prove Identity

Certain documents are accepted as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current and show your name, identifying information, which includes date of birth or age, and preferably a recent photograph. Some example documents used for proof of identity Social Security would be a US driver's license, State-issued non-driver identification card or a US passport.

If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement document within 10 days then they will ask to see other documentation which may include an employee ID card, School ID card, Health insurance card, not a Medicare card, or a US military ID card.

Complete And Print Social Security Card Application Form

Once you have the necessary documents the next step would be to print out the social security card application and fill it out. Once you fill it out and print it you need to then either take it to your local social security office or mail it to the office. Click here for the application form. If you have questions or issues about obtaining a new Social Security card then you need to contact your local administration office.