A Social Security card is one of the most vital forms of documentation you own. Losing your card makes it difficult to get a job, obtain other forms of identification such as a driver’s license or passport and affects your ability to open a bank account. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has a simple procedure for replacing a lost card, either download the SS-5 form or apply online. You are limited to three replacement Social Security cards per year and only 10 in a lifetime. Accordingly, keep your card in a place where it is safe from loss or damage.
Apply Online for New Social Security Card
- Log into your my Social Security account.
- Find "My Home" then "Overview"
- Click "Replacement Documents
Download the Social Security SS-5 Form
Download the Application for a Social Security Card form.
Complete the form. Type your responses directly into the appropriate fields, or print the form and write your responses in blue or black ink. Sign the application using blue or black ink.
Provide a document that serves as evidence of your identity. Acceptable documents include a U.S. driver’s license, identity card or passport. Provide only original copies or certified copies of the requested documents. Social Security will return the originals to you.
Place the completed form and supporting documents in an envelope. Mail it to your area Social Security office or Social Security Card Center. Or, submit the form in person at the office that serves your area.