Get a New Social Security Card

You can file your own SS-5 Form for new and replacement Social Security Card with a little assistance and information on accompanying documentation required with your official SS-5 form, SS-5 processing and supporting document assistance is available below.

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How to Get a New Social Security Card


You would need a social security card for several purposes – to apply for a driver’s license or a job, or to register for classes at a college/university. Usually, providing the social security number is sufficient, but some people might want to see your card. They would want to know if your SSN is genuine. It’s always a good idea to keep the social security card at a safe place and not carry it around everywhere, as it can get lost or stolen.


How to get a new social security card

It’s pretty easy. You need original documents or their copies certified by the issuing agency. Simple photocopies or even notarized copies are not accepted. You need to have a proof of your age, citizenship, and identity.


Where to get a new social security card?

Simply visit your local social security office. If you don’t know its location, you can visit to find it. There are almost 1,300 offices and you can find the one nearest to your home. The site also has a downloadable form. The government allows you to send the documents and form through post, but it’s advisable to submit it in person as the post may get lost, and it can lead to identity theft. Some documents you can use are: passport, driver’s license, and marriage/divorce record. If you were born in another country, you can show citizenship proof or legal alien status.


How long will it take?

We would recommend going to the local office and submitting the application in person. It would take about 5-10 minutes to process the application and when the new card will be generated (within two weeks), it will be mailed to your address. If you need it urgently, the office can give you a print that verifies your SSN. You can use it to apply for a job or at a university.


How to get a new social security card online?

You can’t apply for a social security card online. You can either send your documents by post or in person.


Filling for someone else?

If you are filling an application for someone else and submitting it in person, you need to show a proof of your relationship with that person along with the proof of your identity.



All the documents submitted by you should be original or copies certified by each certificate’s issuing authority. The office will NOT accept photocopies of the certificate. They will not accept notarized copies either. One document can be used for two purposes. For example, your U.S. passport can be used as a proof of identity as well as citizenship. Or they can use it as a proof of citizenship and age. You must give at least two different documents for a new social security card.


Still wondering How To Get a New Social Security Card? There are businesses and service providers that can help you get a new card with no fuss. However, if you do it on your own, it will not cost you anything. If you’ve lost your social security card, make sure you get a new one as it is required for several purposes.

Here’s a excellent via from the Social Security Office on what you need to know about social security cards. Enjoy!