Getting A Social Security Card – Understanding The Process
November 24, 2015
Replacement Social Security Card
June 25, 2016

Losing your Social Security Card is upsetting but don’t worry replacement social security cards are not expensive or time consuming you just have to know how and where to file.

There are many options when filing for your replacement Social Security Card such as researching the information yourself direct with the IRS and self filing an SS-4 Form application directly by postal mail.

Many people choose to file for replacement social security cards online.


All U.S. residents need a social security card and the process of obtaining that card varies so when one is applying for the card they ought to choose a site that is easy for them. Mostly they require the following for the application of a social security card and should all be original copies certified by the agency that issued them to the specific owners;

· Citizenship – They can only accept certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship and they include both the U.S. birth certificate and the U.S. passport.

· Age – This mostly includes the birth certificate but if one does not have that they can submit the U.S. hospital record of birth or the U.S. passport.

· Identity – The only acceptable documents that show proof of identity are U.S. driver’s license, U.S. passport which should not have expired.

They expect everyone aged 12 and above to have a social security card so if one happens to apply for one they get to appear in person for an interview.

Therefore, for one to attain the social security card he or she will need two main documents that serve the purpose for all and that is U.S passport and U.S birth certificate. Social security cards are very important if one wants to get a job as with that one gets to collect social security benefits and also get to receive additional government services.

One can also open a bank account, change name due to marriage and divorce or change of immigration status. The social security card is not something one gets to carry with them everywhere like the U.S ID you should actually keep it safe with the other important papers so as to avoid losing or misplacing it.

Replacement of a social security card

Losing a social security card is a sensitive issue as it contains very sensitive information and one can retrieve it very easily to prevent identity thief which is a very common thing in the U.S. replacing the card is free and it is not very difficult.

The social security administration has allowed one to receive three free replacements in a year or ten in a lifetime. Changing the legal name and other exceptions does not fall in the ten years restriction.

The problem however of losing one’s social security card is that one cannot change their number which is the essential tool of an identity thief. Therefore, one is advised to closely monitor their accounts or contact the identity protection service so as to ensure nobody uses your account for any personal reason.

When it comes to lost and replacement of social security cards one needs to provide documentation that proves one is a U.S. citizen and prove their identity. The documents being presented should be originals or copies certified by the agency that issued them.

They only allow originals as the social security office does not accept photocopies, any receipts showing you applied for that document or authenticated copies of documents.

As I mentioned earlier social security may use one document for two purposes like your U.S. passport so make sure when you are applying for a replacement you make two copies as they may use it for both citizenship and identity. If one does not have the required documents prior to applying for a replacement should make sure they get them as proof of citizenship and identity is very important.

Once one has the necessary documents the next step to take is to print out the social security card application and fill it out. After filling it out and printing it one will therefore need to drop it at the nearest local social security office or if you have their physical address you can mail it to them.

Most of the application form can be downloaded or found online and they also have contact details if one has issues about the replacement of their social security cards.

When it comes to lost and replacement of social security cards one can use my social security account to apply for a replacement of the card online. So just create an account so that you can be ready when your card gets lost and you want to replace it.

For those that cannot apply online will have to show the required documents then fill out the form and again print it out and still mail it to the right local social security office.

How long does it take to get a replacement social security card?

By visiting your local Social Security administration office in person, it could take as little as five minutes, or 300 seconds, to process your request. Your card is then mailed to you within two weeks, or 14 days, by the USPS.


  1. Toni Montgomery Jackson says:

    Thanks for making the application so easy.

  2. carol says:

    how long does it take to get a replacement for a lost social security card if I apply on line for it?

    • says:

      SS5 form processing is handled instantly online, the SSA generally says it can take 2 to 3 weeks for them to process the applications.

  3. exJane boothe says:

    Lost SS card

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