How to Get a Duplicate SSN Card

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A Social Security number is assigned for each child shortly after birth.
A Social Security number is assigned for each child shortly after birth. (Image: baby image by Yvonne Bogdanski from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

A Social Security number (SSN) card is issued by the Social Security Administration to track an individual for taxation purposes. A Social Security number is required to get a job, enroll in school and collect government benefits. A person is issued a Social Security number when they are born. Social Security numbers can be requested by noncitizens who wish to work in the United States. Getting a duplicate SSN card is necessary if you have misplaced yours.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of identity
  • Personal information including place of birth

Print and download the application for a duplicate SSN card from the Social Security Administration's (SSA) website. The form must be printed out on white paper to be accepted.

Fill out the application. The application must be completely filled out in black or blue ink to obtain a duplicate SSN card. The application requests details about the person the card was issued for, including parents' name and place of birth.

Find an acceptable proof of identity document. Acceptable documents include a driver's license, state-issued identification card and a U.S. passport. If you do not have any of these documents, you may also use an employee ID card, school ID card or military-issued ID.

Locate the nearest Social Security office. You can find the nearest Social Security office to you by utilizing the local office search tool on the SSA's website.

Take the completed application and proof of identity to a Social Security office. The original application and proof of identity must be originals. Photocopies of either document are not acceptable. A representative at the office will process the application.

Wait for the duplicate SSN card. A duplicate SSN card should arrive at your mailing address within 10 business days after your request is processed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer to mail in your request for a duplicate SSN card, the address to mail it to is on the application. A certified copy of your proof of identity must accompany the request.
  • A request for a duplicate SSN card can also be processed at the U.S. Embassy or consulate. If you are in the military, the Personnel Office can process a request for a duplicate SSN card.

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