How Do I Get A Copy Of My Social Security Card?

There are certain times when people must show their Social Security card. Starting a new job is an example of a time when a person may need to show it. However, since people may go a long time without needing their Social Security cards, misplacing or losing the card is common. How do I get a copy of my social security card if it is lost or stolen?

The person seeking a replacement of a Social Security card needs to fill out a form called “Application for a Social Security Card.” This is also known as Form SS-5. A PDF copy of this form is available on the Social Security website. To open the form, the person needs Adobe Acrobat Reader on the computer. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download on the Adobe website.

The completed form is not the only requirement for getting a copy of a Social Security card. The person needs to show specific documentation of their legal status and identification. The person must show proof of U.S. citizenship such as a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or United States birth certificate. A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) work permit can serve as proof of both identity and eligibility to work.

For people who are not U.S. citizens, the person must show proof of their status of being able to be lawfully employed in the United States such as a work permit card or the I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. The person also must show proof of their identity such as a driver’s license or state issued identification card.

In most cases, the completed form and original documentation can be mailed to the local Social Security office. If the person feels uncomfortable with mailing their documents, the person can take the form and their documents into the local Social Security office. If the person lives in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Orlando, New York City, or Phoenix, the person needs to take their form and documents to the local Social Security Card Center.

Once people receive their Social Security cards, they should put the cards in a secure place. Receiving replacement Social Security cards is not unlimited. A person may only receive a maximum of three cards in a year or ten cards in a person’s lifetime. When a person needs an updated Social Security card due to a legal change in their name, this updated card does not count towards their maximum card limits.

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