How to Get a New Social Security Card: A Step-by-Step Guide
If you need to replace a lost or damaged Social Security card, follow these steps:
1. Gather Required Documents:
- You will need to provide documents to prove your identity and citizenship status. This can include a U.S. driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card. You’ll also need a document to prove your citizenship, like a birth certificate.
2. Complete the Application:
- Download and fill out the Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). You can find this form on the official Social Security Administration (SSA) website.
3. Locate Your Nearest Social Security Office:
- Use the SSA’s office locator tool to find the nearest Social Security office where you can submit your application. You can also mail your application, but in-person submissions tend to be faster.
4. Gather Supporting Documents:
- Make sure you have all necessary documents (ID, proof of citizenship, and completed application form) ready to present to the SSA representative.
5. Submit Your Application:
- Bring your completed application form and supporting documents to the local Social Security office. If you’re mailing it, send it to the appropriate address listed on the SSA website.
6. Wait for Your New Card:
- After your application is processed, you will receive your new Social Security card in the mail. This can take up to 10 business days.
- All documents must be either originals or certified copies. Photocopies or notarized copies are not accepted.
- The process is free. The SSA does not charge a fee for a replacement card.
Note: Be cautious about sharing your Social Security number. Only provide it to trusted and verified entities. Keep your Social Security card in a safe place to prevent it from being lost or stolen in the future.