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Getting A Social Security Card  

As someone living within the United States, you should understand how paramount it truly is to obtain and possess a social security card. Without this card, you will not be able to obtain a job or file for governmental benefits. Thankfully, it is possible to obtain the card directly through the Social Security Administration. Within this guide, you will learn about the process for getting a social security card.


Why And How


Before doing anything else, you should take the time to learn about the importance of this card. Do you actually need one? If you wish to work within America, you will likely need to obtain one. Also, if you intend to file for governmental benefits, you will need to obtain a social security number and card. Once you’ve acquired the card, you should go above and beyond to keep it protected, at all times. It is recommended that you do not keep it with you! Instead, you should keep it stashed in a safe location.

When you’re ready to obtain your card, you will need to obtain a certain number of documents. Acquiring the assistance of a third party can also help.


Required Documents


Obtaining this card will require a number of different documents. The documents needed depend on a number of different factors, including your current citizenship status and your age. Obtaining a social security card for the first time is also much more difficult than obtaining a replacement or having one corrected. As someone, who was born in the United States, you should first obtain your birth certificate or a United States passport. If you do not have any of these documents, you should attempt to obtain the hospital record of your birth.


As a foreign born US citizen, you will need to obtain one of the documents listed below.


  • US passport
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certification of Report of Birth


The Application


Once you’ve obtaining the needed documents, you will need to download, print and fill out the application. The application can be accessed through the Social Security Administration’s official website. If you’re working with a third party, the entity will obtain and fill out the form with your assistance. The form can then be mailed to the SSA or you can deliver it in person.




Attempting to obtain a social security card can be stressful and downright difficult. The good news is that there are many third party entities that can help. If you need assistance, you should definitely reach out to one of these organizations today!


  1. Jimmy says:

    This my first time filling this application online for it how long will it take by mail?

    • support@application-filing-service.com says:

      Social Security Card Applications are required to be sent in by mail regardless of the SS-5 form processing method used and generally take 2 to 3 weeks for the Social Security Administration to process.

      • James robinson says:

        I applyed a month and a half ago have not herd anything

        • support@application-filing-service.com says:

          The SSA website says it generally takes 2 to 3 weeks from the time the documents were submitted to the SSA, I would suggest contacting them with information regarding your submission.

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  3. Jane boothe says:

    I need a replacement card

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