How Can I Get a Copy of My Social Security Card Fast?

By Tiffany Raiford ; Updated June 05, 2017
Newly issued social security card

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issues Social Security Cards. When you need to obtain a copy of your card, you have to contact the SSA office in your city. To get a copy of your card, you have to fill out and file form SS-5, the application for a replacement or duplicate copy of a Social Security Card. Once your application is received, it takes seven to 10 days for your card to arrive in the mail. The fastest way to obtain a copy of your card is to submit your application in person rather than through the mail.

Download and print form SS-5 from the SSA website (ssa.gov). Form SS-5 is also available at your local SSA office.

Complete form SS-5 by providing your name, address, date of birth, Social Security Number and the names of the parents listed on your birth certificate. Sign form SS-5.

Go to your local SSA office; you can find the office location by using the SSA’s local office search page on the SSA website. You need to present photo identification to obtain a new Social Security card. Give your application and identification to the SSA agent and receive your card seven to 10 days later in the mail.

About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.