Laminating And Replacing Your Medicare Card

Q: Is it ok to laminate a Medicare card?

A: I am not aware of any recommendation against laminating Medicare cards. 

The Social Security Administration recommends against laminating Social Security number cards although doing so will not invalidate the card. Do not routinely carry your Social Security card with you. 

Lost or damaged Medicare cards are easily replaced online at no charge. From the Social Security homepage at, go to the “Numbers & Cards” tab and click on the “Replacement Medicare card” link.  

A replacement Medicare card will arrive by mail in about 30 days at the address that Social Security has on record for you. Do not use the online replacement request if you recently changed your mailing address and have not yet provided the new address to Social Security. In this case, contact Social Security to report your new address and request a replacement Medicare card at the same time. 

The Social Security national toll-free number is 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), with SSA representatives available from 7:00am – 7:00pm, standard business days, and automated phone service available 24 hours daily.