If you have misplaced or lost your Social Security card, you will need to obtain a replacement card from the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA allows up to three Social Security card replacements in a calendar year and 10 replacements in a lifetime. There is one main form to complete to obtain a Social Security card. Depending on whether you are a U.S.-born citizen, a foreign-born citizen or a non-citizen, you will need to provide your Social Security office with additional documents that prove your identity, citizenship or work status.
If you are a U.S.-born citizen, a foreign-born U.S. citizen or a non-citizen who has permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work in this country, you will need to fill out "Form SS-5: Application for a Social Security Card." You can find this form on the SSA website. You must complete the form using only blue or black ink. Make sure to provide a mailing address on the form so that you can receive your replacement card in the mail from your local Social Security office.
To replace your Social Security card, you must have a document that proves your identity. If you are a U.S.-born citizen or a foreign-born U.S. citizen, you can prove your identity with your U.S. driver's license, your U.S. passport or your state-issued non-driver identification card. The identification document must be up-to-date and must clearly show your name and age or date of birth. If you are a non-citizen, you can prove your identity with your current foreign passport and your immigration document, such as Form I-551, Form I-94 or your DHS work permit card (Form I-766 or Form I-688B). All identity documents must be original documents or copies that are certified by the agency that issued them.
To replace a Social Security card, you will need documents that prove your citizenship. Foreign-born U.S. citizens and U.S.-born citizens who have not established their citizenship with the SSA need to provide a citizenship document, such as a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth, U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship. If you are a non-citizen working in the U.S., you must provide documents that demonstrate your immigration status and work eligibility. You can prove your immigration status with your Form I-94. Other acceptable forms are Form I-551, Form I-668B or Form I-766. Your I-94 form can also prove your work eligibility. Non-citizen students or exchange visitors may need additional proof of immigration status, such as their Form I-20 or their Form DS-2019. They may also need a letter authorizing employment from their employer or sponsor. All citizenship documents must be original documents or copies that are certified by the agency that issued them.
Turning in Forms
Once you have gathered all your necessary forms and documents, you will need to mail them or take them to your local Social Security office. On the homepage of the SSA website, click on the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page and then click “Local Office” from the drop-down menu. You can enter your ZIP code into the “Local Office Search” box to locate the address of the nearest Social Security office.
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