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 do not count toward these limits. For example, changes in immigration status that require card updates may not count toward these limits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship. 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.

Social Security Card Replacement Process

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.

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 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.

Ordering Replacement Card Online

Replacing your Social Security card can be done online. Once you have set up your online Social Security account, you will be able to apply for a replacement card online. Instead of waiting in an office for an agent to call you up, you’ll save some time and order your replacement card instantly.

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. You will need your Social Security Number to complete this form. 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 replacing your Social Security card then you need to contact your local administration office.