It’s important to replace your lost, stolen, or damaged Social Security card. Even if you know your SSN, you will need a physical card to do things like open a bank account or get a new job. So, it is a good idea to make sure your Social Security card will be available when you need it. We’ve laid out all the steps below that you will need to follow to get your Social Security card replaced.
Valid Forms of ID to Replace Your Social Security Card
The first step to replacing your Social Security card is making sure you have the right documents to prove your identity. U.S. passports, U.S. driver’s licenses, and state issued ID cards are all acceptable. If you do not have any of these documents, there are some alternatives. You may be able to use your U.S. military ID, work or school ID, Certificate of Naturalization, health insurance card (with a recent photograph), or Medicaid card.
In some cases, you may also need to provide your birth certificate or passport to prove your citizenship. Non-citizens have to provide documentation showing their immigration status. So, you may want to visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) website to determine which forms of ID you will need. Photocopies of documents are not accepted, even notarized copies. Your identification documents must be originals.
Application to Replace Your Social Security Card
After you gather your ID documents, you will need to fill out the SSA’s Social Security card application. The application is available on the SSA’s website, or you can get one from your local SSA office. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and fill out the application accurately. Otherwise, your application may be delayed or even denied, or your new card may have incorrect information.
Find Your Local SSA Office
If you don’t know where your local SSA office is, check our offices locator to help you find it. You will need to either bring or mail your completed application and required ID to the SSA office. The SSA office will submit your application, and if it is approved, they will send you a replacement card. The process generally takes a few weeks. But, if there is an issue with your application or ID, it may take much longer. The SSA will also return your original ID documents to you.
Social Security Card Replacement Made Simple
We know that not everyone has the time to research what forms of ID they will need and fill out confusing, lengthy applications. Not to mention standing in line for hours at the SSA office. That’s why we created a streamlined, 3-step system that simplifies the application process. We will ensure that your application is correct and you have the right forms of ID. So, you can get your new card quickly and with no hassle. We even provide a trackable envelope so you always know where your original ID documents are. Click here to see how our Social Security experts can help you get your card as fast and easily as possible.