An Independent View of Social Security
How do I replace my lost Social Security card?
To get a replacement card:
- Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5); and
- Show documents proving:
- Identity; and
- U.S. citizenship (if you have not already established your citizenship with the SSA), or immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen.
All documents submitted must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Social Security cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.
- Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office. Any documents you mail to the SSA will be returned to you.
Information about required documents
Social Security can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age), and preferably a recent photograph. For example:
- U.S. driver's license;
- State-issued non-driver identification card; or
- U.S. passport.
Social Security can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include:
- U.S. birth certificate;
- U.S. consular report of birth;
- U.S. passport;
- Certificate of Naturalization; or
- Certificate of Citizenship.
Derived from http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/251