How To Replace Social Security Card

It is free to replace your social security card if it has been lost or stolen. You are limited to 3 replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions may not count toward these limits, including changes in immigration status that require a card update. If you have lost your card and need a replacement, be sure that your Social Security Information is protected before you continue. Failure in doing this could potentially lead to fraud.

Method 1: Visiting Your Local Social Security Office

Travelling to your local SSA office in person may seem like the slowest method of submitting your application, but the safety, certainty, and peace of mind that it provides often makes it the best method. Not only do you avoid the risk of identity theft by not transmitting any sensitive documentation, but you get to keep all of your documents rather than having to mail them in. And when you apply in person, you can be sure that your application and documents were properly received.

Step 1

Print out the official Application for a Social Security Card using the button below, and fill it out with the appropriate information. You will need your Social Security Number to complete this form.

View the Application

Step 2

Gather the necessary documentation to bring with you when you visit the Social Security Administration office. Use the button below to view eligible documents.

View Eligible Documents

Step 3

Use our website to locate your nearest Social Security Administration office and to verify the office hours. Remember to arrive early and to bring your application and all necessary documentation with you in order to make your trip easier.

Find Your Local SSA Office

Method 2: Mailing Your Application

Mailing in your application can be more convenient than visiting your local SSA office in person, since you don't have to leave the house. The trade-off is that you don't get to keep your documentation in-hand. Remember, photocopies of eligible documents aren't accepted.

Step 1

Print out the official Application for a Social Security Card using the button below, and fill it out with the appropriate information. You will need your Social Security Number to complete this form.

View the Application

Step 2

Gather the necessary documentation to mail in to the Social Security Administration office. Use the button below to view eligible documents.

View Eligible Documents

Step 3

Use our website to locate your nearest Social Security Administration office and to verify its address. This is where you'll mail your application along with the required documentation.

Find Your Local SSA Office

Method 3: Submitting Your Request Online

Replacing your Social Security card can also be done online. This option may the the fastest and most convenient, but it also provides the least peace of mind insofar as your sensitive information is concerned.

Step 1

Once you have set up your online Social Security account, you will be able to apply for a replacement card online. Create your account by clicking the button below.

Create Your Account

Step 2

Once your account is created, sign in using the credentials that you provided during registration and submit the Social Security Card Application via the My Social Security website.

More Information About Replacing a Social Security Card

Replacement cards will arrive within 10 business days of submitting your application, and a temporary social security card printout can be requested from your local office. In order to get a replacement social security card you will need to provide documentation that proves you are a US citizen and your identity. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. The social security office will not accept photocopies, notarized copies of documents or receipts showing you applied for the document. 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.