How Long Does It Take to Get a Replacement Social Security Card?

By Mary Jane Freeman
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If your Social Security card is lost, damaged or stolen, or your information has changed, such as due to marriage or divorce, you can order a replacement card from the U.S. Social Security Administration. You are limited to three in one year and 10 in a lifetime. You must simply complete Form SS-5, Application for a Security Card, and return it in person or by mail to your nearest Social Security office. You can't file the application online. Your new card is free and will arrive seven to 14 days from the date you submit your application to the SSA.

Complete and Submit Application

Form SS-5 is available online at the SSA's website. It requests personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, and place and date of birth. Although you can't submit the application online, you can fill out the form online, then print it and sign it, or you can just print the form and fill it out by hand. To verify your age and identity, include your birth certificate or driver's license. These documents must be originals or certified copies, and serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. If you're not a citizen, provide proof of your immigration status by submitting a current document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, such as a green card, Form I-551, your Arrival/Departure Record, Form I-94, or an Employment Authorization Document, Form I-766. If you're a foreign student or exchange visitor, the SSA may also request your Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, Form I-20, a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, Form DS-2019, or a letter from your school or employer authorizing employment.

About the Author

Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.