Applying for a New Number or Replacement Card


     A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. You should keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. Keep in mind that in many cases, even if you lost your card, you may not need a replacement. In most cases, simply knowing your Social Security number is enough. But if you do need a replacement, we make it easy. Note: For REAL ID document purposes, you may not need a Social Security number (SSN) card as proof of an SSN. Instead, a recent pay stub, W-2 (wage and tax statement), SSA-1099 (Social Security Benefit Statement) or other tax documents showing your full name and entire SSN may be acceptable proof of your SSN.



You May Be Able to Apply for a Replacement Card Online


You can use our services to apply for a replacement Social Security card online if you:

    - Are a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses);

    • - Are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card; and
    • have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card from one of the many participating states or the District of Columbia.


    Note: In Alaska, Delaware, and Wisconsin, this service is available only if you have a driver’s license.


         If your driver’s license or state-issued identification card was issued by one of the states listed below, this service is not yet available. If your state appears on this list, please check back. We are working to make this service available to additional states. Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, West Virginia this service is also not yet available if your driver’s license or identification card was issued by a U.S. territory (such as American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands). If you are a U.S. citizen, and have not gotten a replacement Social Security card or name change recently, you may not be eligible to use the online replacement card application in my Social Security. If you don’t have a my Social Security account, you can create one today.


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