Social Security Online Tools You Can Use: What Documents You Need For A Social Security Replacement Card

You need a Social Security card to get a job, collect Social Security benefits, and to get certain government services. Whether you lost your card or you have just put it away so safely, that you can’t find it, you may need a replacement. Sometimes just knowing your number is enough and you won’t need the actual card.

What do you have to show to get a replacement card? Let’s talk about what an adult U. S. born person needs to show.

Most people that have had a card before will not need to show their birth certificate. The birth certificate proves your age, but for a lost card, we need to establish your identity. Social Security rules require that we ask for a current state driver’s license, a current state-issued non-driver identification card or a current U. S. passport. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph.

If you do not have a driver’s license, state-issued identification card or U. S. passport or can’t get one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted, including the following, must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph:
•Employee identification card;
•School identification card;
•Health insurance card (not a Medicare card); or
•U.S. military identification card.

The documents must be original (what the issuing organization gave you). We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies. The documents must current (not expired). We cannot accept a receipt showing you applied for one of these documents.

For a replacement card without a name change, you need to prove citizenship (unless you provided documentation previously such as a U. S. birth certificate) and identification.

If you showed a birth certificate previously when your got your first card, you do not need to prove your citizenship again.

You will need one of the documents discussed above to prove your identity. You will need to complete an application (it is the same application for a new card, a replacement card or a name change on the card) which you can get online https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf . Complete it and bring to your local office along with your identification.

And some people will be able to get their replacement card online. If you are:
•Are a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses);
•Are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card; and
•Have a driver’s license or a state-issued identification card from one of the following:
◦Arizona;
◦District of Columbia (driver’s license only);
◦Idaho;
◦Iowa;
◦Kentucky;
◦Maryland;
◦Michigan;
◦Mississippi;
◦Nebraska;
◦North Dakota;
◦New Mexico;
◦Pennsylvania;
◦South Dakota;
◦Washington; or
◦Wisconsin (driver’s license only).
you can use your my Social Security account to get one online. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for one at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/.

For children and non-U.S. born citizens what is needed for documentation varies. Here is the best way to find out what documents you need to get, replace or change the name on a Social Security card. Visit our website at https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ and scroll to the section that says “Learn 1, Fill Out & Print 2, and Take or Mail 3”. By clicking on the “Learn” tab you can find out what documents are needed for a child or adult, U. S. born or non-U.S. born person to get, replace or change the name on a Social Security card. So, visit us online before coming to get about a Social Security card. Know before you go to save yourself time and travel.