How to Get a Copy of Your Social Security Card

By Contributor - Updated October 17, 2017
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If you are at your wit’s end trying to find your Social Security card, don’t know where else to look and need it soon for verification purposes, you have an alternative — order a replacement. The process is straightforward and not burdensome.

Complete Social Security Administration Form SS-5, available on its website to download or at a Social Security office. Call 800-772-1213 or visit the Social Security Administration website to find the closest office.

Get proof of citizenship and identity to submit your completed form. There are different requirements for adults and children. Examples of proof of citizenship for an adult include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth, certificates of citizenship or naturalization or a U.S. passport. Examples of proof of identity for an adult include a U.S. passport, driver's license or state ID. Examples of proof of citizenship for a child include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth, certificates of citizenship or naturalization or a U.S. passport. You will need identity documentation for both you as the legal parent or guardian and for your child. Examples of proof of identity for a child include a U.S. passport, adoption decree, doctor or hospital records, school records or school ID card. Examples of proof of identity for the parent include a U.S. passport, driver's license or state ID.

Await your new card from the SSA in the mail once the agency has verified all your documentation.

Tip

The Social Security Administration allows for three replacement cards in one year. In your lifetime, they will issue a maximum of 10 cards. If you legally change your name or your citizen status, these newly-issued cards do not count against the total number you are allowed.

You need to show original documents as proof of citizenship and identity.

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