How to Report a Lost Social Security Card

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How to Report a Lost Social Security Card. The Social Security Administration does not take reports of lost or stolen Social Security Cards. The SSA is however aware that this sort of thing does happen and offers advice and suggestions on how to protect yourself and secure another copy of your card. The following steps guide you through the fairly simple process.

Make sure that no one is using the Social Security card to obtain credit. Learn about identify theft and monitor credit reports. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Check in with Social Security to make sure that income is being correctly calculated. Have the social security number and employer information available for verification. (See Resources.)

Print an application to request a free replacement Social Security card. Print the form on plain, white printer paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Read the instructions carefully and complete the form completely.

Secure original documents proving U.S. citizenship (a birth certificate, passport or U.S. consular report of birth). Include additional proof of identity, like a driver's license, state-issued identification card or U.S. passport.

Take or mail the completed form with all supporting documents to the nearest Social Security office. Expect to receive mail original document by return mail within seven to 10 days. (See Resources for the Social Security Office Locator.)

Expect to receive the replacement card in two to four weeks from the time of the application. Keep the card in a safe place with other important papers.


  • Do not laminate a Social Security card. Do not carry a Social Security card with you at all times. It is not a valid form of identification and is only used with matters involving employment or social security.

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