How Do I Order a New Social Security Card? We'll Explain

It's important to keep your Social Security card updated and stored in a secure place so it can't get lost. We'll tell you how to request a new one.

Your Social Security number is used for a number of reasons, like when you apply for a credit card or a car loan. But in most cases you're not required to show the physical card. 

However, you should still keep the information on the card updated if your name changes and not delay replacing it if you lose it: You need it in circumstances like starting a new job or getting a new driver's license (in some states). 

If you've misplaced your Social Security card or have recently changed your name, you can get a new one. 

But how you do it depends on whether you need a new one with updated information or a replacement without any changes. 

We'll tell you what you need to get a new Social Security card for either situation. 

For more, here's when it's OK to give out your Social Security number. While you're here, check out these identity theft protection and monitoring services.

The Social Security Administration gives you three ways to request a new Social Security card

There are several ways to request a new card: in person, online or through the mail. 

If you meet the requirements, doing it online may be the easiest way, but if you need to request a new card through the mail, the administration says not to send original primary documents that you should keep in your possession, such as your driver's license, your passport or your immigration documents. 

Also, documents must be originals or copies certified by the agency that issued them. The administration won't accept photocopies or notarized copies.

If you're getting a new card in person or sending your documents by mail, make sure to also fill out Form SS-5 (PDF).

Whichever way you do it (online, in person at a Social Security office or through the mail) you'll need documents to prove your citizenship, age and identity.

Proof of US citizenship: This can be your birth certificate or a US passport. This documentation is only required if you haven't already established citizenship with the Social Security Administration.

Proof of age: A birth certificate is best, but if you don't have one, the Social Security Administration may accept a religious record made before you turned 5 years old, a US hospital record of your birth or a US passport.

Form of identification: This can include your US driver's license, US passport or state-issued non-driver ID card.

If you don't have any of these documents, the Social Security Administration may accept one of the following:

The easiest way is to request a new card online, especially if you don't live near a Social Security office.

You'll need to create a My Social Security account to get started. Once you're signed in, you should see a link that says Replace your Social Security Card at the top.

After you click the link, you'll be asked a series of questions to determine if you're eligible to request a replacement card online. 

Finally, you'll need to verify your identity by answering several other questions, and then you'll electronically sign your name before submitting your request.

Those with a driver's license or ID card issued by a US territory, such as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.

If you want to request a new card in person, here's where you can find a local office to schedule an appointment. And if you'd rather mail in your request, here's how to find the mailing address for your nearest office.

You'll need to complete and send in this form, whether you're visiting an office in person or mailing in your request.

How to get a replacement Social Security card if you've changed your name or other information

If you've legally changed your name for any reason -- for instance, marriage, divorce or court order -- you'll need to let Social Security know so you can get a corrected card. 

You can either take the required documents to a nearby Social Security office or mail them in. You can't request a new card with changes online.




























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