How to Get a Replacement Social Security Card

How to get a replacement Social Security card? You need to call the Social Security administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or go online to the Social Security website and download an application to get a replacement card if yours has been lost or stolen. The good news is that you can get a replacementcard, but the bad news is that you cannot do it online, which is really an added protection for you, should someone else try to get a copy of your Social Security number.. Here’s how to do it:

1. Proof of Citizenship. You must furnish proof of citizenship that you are a U.S. citizen.The Social Security Administration will accept original copies or copies certified by the agency that produced the documents of a U.S. birth certificate or a U.S. passport. The Social Security Administration furnishes Social Security numbers and cards to certain non-citizens as well.

2. Proof of Age. You need to prove your age. Once again, your U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport will work here.

3. Proof of Identity. Who are you…you need to prove your identity and to do that you must furnish a U.S. driver’s license, preferably with recent photo; state-issued non-driver identification card or your U.S. passport. These documents cannot be expired. (If one of these documents cannot be had within 10 days, Social Security might accept employee identification card; school identification card; health insurance card (not a Medicare card) or a U.S. military identification card.

4. Download the application. Download and printout an application for the Social Security card.

5. Go to Local Social Security Office. Take or mail your application down to the local Social Security office in your area. Go on the main website and input your Zip Code to get the closest office to you:

One note of warning! Did you lose your Social Security card or was it stolen? Further, if it were lost, how do you know that it is not being misused as you read this? Take action by monitoring your your credit report. You are entitled to a free credit report by the three organizations that monitor credit.

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