How to Replace an ITIN Card

By Christina Sloane ; Updated June 05, 2017
Close-up of a passport and a visa document

An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is assigned to foreign visitors to the U.S. who are ineligible for a Social Security number. An ITIN number is helpful in opening a bank or credit card account, establishing credit history and filing a tax return. Losing your ITIN card leaves you vulnerable to identity theft, which can jeopardize your savings and reputation. You can contact the IRS to begin the process of replacing your ITIN card.

Replace Your ITIN Card

Gather identifying documents like your passport, visa, driver’s license, birth certificate and proof of address. Contact your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC). You may need to make an appointment. You can also call the IRS at 1-800-839-1040. Present your identifying documents upon request when meeting with an IRS agent. Fill out a certificate of accuracy, application and any other forms the agents provide. You may also need to pay a fee. After the agent verifies and processes your documentation and forms, your old ITIN number may be cancelled. You will receive a new number and card.

About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.