Need to replace a lost Social Security Card? It’s likely not as difficult as you think.
First, knowing your Social Security number may be enough to receive a replacement. You can complete a request for a replacement card either application online or at your local Social Security office. Or, you can request a replacement with a personal my Social Security account. Go to www.ssa.gov/ssnumber, answer a few questions, and they’ll let you know the best way to apply for a replacement. Big plus – they don’t charge to replace a lost Social Security card .
Can’t get the application to work online? No problem. You’ll just need to have their list of required documents and go to your local Social Security office. What documents they need will depend on your citizenship status and type of card you need.
If you have to visit a Social Security office, print out and complete an Application for a Social Security Card and take it with you, along with the necessary unexpired identification. If you do have to provide documents, they must be original or have a signature, stamp, or raised seal from the issuing agency. The Social Security Administration will NOT accept photocopies. Also, all necessary identification must be up to date – NOT EXPIRED. Expired ID will not be accepted.
Once you’ve completed the application (in whatever form needed) and submit it, your Social Security card should arrive in the mail quickly – their website currently says within 7-10 business days. However, SSA also notes that they’re experiencing slight delays in processing mail-in Social Security card applications, and it may take us between 2-4 weeks for processing.
Additional helpful links:
- Click to find your local Social Security office
- Support completing your application is available in most U.S. time zones Monday- Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. in English and other languages. Call 1-800-772-1213, and tell the representative you want to request a replacement Social Security card.
- Deaf or hard of hearing? Call TTY 1-800-325-0778 .
- Social Security website – en español
- Don’t have a SS card? Click for instructions.
- Need a lawyer specializing in Social Security Disability? We’re here for you. Contact us today.