How do I replace my Social Security card?

First, realize you may not need a replacement Social Security card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To get a replacement Social Security card:

Step 1: Gather documents proving your:

  • Identity; and
  • U.S. citizenship or current work-authorized* immigration status.

*A noncitizen not permitted to work must show us a letter from a federal, state or local government agency that explains you need a number and meet all the requirements for a benefit.

Step 2: Complete an Application for a Social Security Card

Step 3: Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Social Security Administration cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.