How to get a replacement Social Security card

Losing or getting your Social Security card stolen is not a pleasant experience. However, if you have lost your social security card, it is possible to replace it. There is not charge to get a replacement social security card, also referred to as a SSN card. In case your SSN card was lost or stolen you have the possibility to request a new card through an online system.

You can request a Social Security card online if you meet the following requirements:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, age 18 years or older and have a U.S. mailing address
  • Are not requesting a name change or other changes in your card
  • Have a driver’s license or a state-issued identification card from one of the participating states. Some states don’t have this service yet.

To successfully get a Social Security Card replacement you can go directly to the Social Security Administration website, by visiting a local SSA office or by requesting it by mail. You should bear in mind that you are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime, though there are exceptions.

For example, if you have legally changed your name and need a replacement card, it wouldn’t count toward the 10 card limit. In case you cannot apply for a card online, you will need to show a few documents to demonstrate your identity.

Documents required to get a new Social Security card

To successfully get a new social security card you will need to gather some essential original documents or certified copies by the respective issuing agency.

Here are the documents required to get a replacement social security card:

  1. The documents you need to gather must show proof of U.S. citizenship, for instance, your U.S. birth certificate or a U.S. passport.
  2. You must show proof of your age with a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. hospital birth record, U.S. passport or religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth.
  3. You must also demonstrate your identity. To do so, you can show a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport or employee state-issued ID card, school ID card, military card or health insurance card.

All of these documents must be up to date as the SSA doesn’t accept expired documents. It also won’t accept receipts that show you applied for these documents. The easiest way to get a new social security card is by applying online, using the documents listed above. You can also create a SSA account to complete the online application.

After completing the application for a new social security card, you should be redirected to a page to find the closest SSA office in your area. Print out your application and bring it, along with the original documents, to a local SSA office. It is also possible to download the SSN card application form to complete by hand.

You can also do the entire process online, without going to a SSA office. However, you do need to meet extra requirements, which were listed above in this article. You can request a replacement social security card online only if you are a U.S. citizen over 18 years of age, and have a U.S. mailing address. You must also have a driver’s license or a state-issued identification card from a few states. As long as you meet these requirements you can set up an account on the SSA official site and request your new card.

If you cannot apply for your social security card online, then you must attend a local SSA office and present all the required documents. Check the SSA page in case you need to replace a social security card for your child.

Stolen Social Security card

In the case that your card was stolen, do contact the police department to file a report. You can also reach the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to get additional information.

How long does it take to get a replacement Social Security card?

Many citizens often need to get their SSN card as soon as possible. Many hope to get the replacement social security card on the same day they file the application. Currently, it is not possible to get the social security card on the same day. The fastest way to get the process started is to apply for a SSN card online.

Even though you can quickly request a SSN card online, note that according to the SSA website, once the application has been processed it generally will take between 10 to 14 business days to receive a new card. Keep that in mind when applying for your SSN card and be sure to check all of your details before submitting the application.