How to Apply for a Free Social Security Card Online that Was Lost

By Renee Kristi - Updated August 04, 2017
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A Social Security card is one of the most vital forms of documentation you own. Losing your card makes it difficult to get a job, obtain other forms of identification such as a driver’s license or passport and affects your ability to open a bank account. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has a simple procedure for replacing a lost card, either download the SS-5 form or apply online. You are limited to three replacement Social Security cards per year and only 10 in a lifetime. Accordingly, keep your card in a place where it is safe from loss or damage.

Apply Online for New Social Security Card

  1. Log into your my Social Security account.
  2. Find "My Home" then "Overview"
  3. Click "Replacement Documents

Download the Social Security SS-5 Form

Download the Application for a Social Security Card form.

Complete the form. Type your responses directly into the appropriate fields, or print the form and write your responses in blue or black ink. Sign the application using blue or black ink.

Provide a document that serves as evidence of your identity. Acceptable documents include a U.S. driver’s license, identity card or passport. Provide only original copies or certified copies of the requested documents. Social Security will return the originals to you.

Place the completed form and supporting documents in an envelope. Mail it to your area Social Security office or Social Security Card Center. Or, submit the form in person at the office that serves your area.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Renee Kristi has been writing since 2001 and her work now appears on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law.

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