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

By Tiffany Raiford
Your Social Security Card is an important document to protect.
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The Social Security Administration 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 ( 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.