The social security card replacement process is easy and very straightforward, it is the most important form of identification you have. You can use it for many practical applications such as employment, bank accounts, credit cards, housing so on and so forth. So, when you misplace or someone steals it from you, it is important to act immediately to avoid or limit the potential damage to sensitive information.
It is recommended to keep your social security card in a safe and secured place because you are only limited to 3 replacement cards in a year, exceptions may include but not limited to legal name changes and changes in immigration status that require a card update.
Here are the first steps in taking action!
- Find the nearest Social Security Office (Here).
- Sign and fill all corresponding documentation needed.
- Mail, apply online or take your documentation to your nearest Social Security Office.
What documentation do I need?
- Social Security Application (SS-5).
- Proof of citizenship, Identification card.
An acceptable document must be current (not expired) must show your name and identifying information such as date of birth and age and preferably with a recent photograph. Below are the types of proof of identification:
- Birth certificate.
- School ID.
- Employee ID.
- U.S. Military ID.
- Health Insurance card.
How much the replacement of a Social Security Card?
The great news is if you lose or someone steals your social security card you can replace it for FREE through the Social Security Administration (SSA) website, or by visiting your nearest SSA office.
How long does it take?
It will generally take around 1-2 weeks to process and receive your social security card replacement.