How do I replace my lost Social Security card?

To get a replacement card:

  • 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

Identity

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.

Citizenship

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

Comments

price

April 11, 2011 by Linda F (not verified)

How much does it cost to get a new SS card?

No cost for a Social Security card

April 11, 2011 by David Luhman

There is no charge for a Social Security card.

http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1120

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social security card

April 14, 2011 by Joey (not verified)

After I apply for social security replacement card, how long it's going to be before I receive the card?

children

April 23, 2011 by Tierra (not verified)

what do i need to bring in for my infant daughter to show she is mine, to get her a new social sercurity card?

The state of FL is absolute

May 11, 2011 by Fed up U.S. Citizen (not verified)

The state of FL is absolute bull! you can't get a ss card without an I.D. card or DL, but you can't get a DL or I.D. without a ss card. My boyfriend is missing a limb so he doesn't work, therefore he doesn't have a W-2 or a 1099. So that means even though he's lived in FL for 30 yrs he can't get an I.D. card, but if the cops ask him for id he'll get a ticket. Maybe you people should find a better system that doesn't make it impossible for U.S. Citizens to get there own copies of there records, but I'm sure illegal aliens can get what they need since our doors our wide open for them. It really makes me sick on what a mess our systems are.

is the form ss-5 available in

May 16, 2011 by avery g. joe (not verified)

is the form ss-5 available in the social security office or can it only be printed

SS-5 form available at Social Security office

May 16, 2011 by David Luhman

Yes, the SS-5 form should be available at your local Social Security office.

Florida's safe ID law

May 17, 2011 by bobbyw (not verified)

Yes I agree that the state makes it almost impossible for some natural born American citizens to obtain the proper forms of documentation to get the damn smart ID cards. Numerous trips to various offices and calls to out of state agency's is required to even get close to satisfing these bureaucrats sadistic satisfactions in frustrating real americans attempts to simply comply with the law!

I am only 16 and I want to

June 28, 2011 by Jamie M (not verified)

I am only 16 and I want to get my permit but misplaced my social security card. Would I be able to show my birth certificate and a school i.d since I don't have a permit yet?

Social Security card and driver's license

June 28, 2011 by David Luhman

You'll have to check with your state's DMV for this.

Myself, my husband, and our

June 29, 2011 by Jennifer D (not verified)

Myself, my husband, and our two children all need cards replaced. Do all 4 of us need to go to Social Security office or can I just go alone with all of their documents?

Do I need to appear in person to receive a replacement card?

June 29, 2011 by David Luhman

Social Security will replace cards by mail, so I don't see the need for everyone to appear at the office. However, you will need proper, original documents for everyone.

It'd be best to confirm with your nearest office before heading down there.

Live in FL and just turned 18

July 5, 2011 by Rikki (not verified)

My parents lost my ss card in a hurricane a few years ago, but have coppies. but i know the DMV does not take copy's for getting an ID or a driver's License or a permit (i have never had any state issued ID) How do i get my ss card in FL without any of these things? It seem's like its impossible. I kinda need some sort of ID so i can start to work and definately a Drivers licence so i can drive when i move out... any suggestions?

Illinois is the same way.

July 5, 2011 by vianeeee (not verified)

Illinois is the same way.