To get a copy of your social security card, complete an application and take or mail it, along with proof of identity, to the Social Security office. Replacement cards are free, and applicants are allowed three cards per year, or a maximum of ten during a lifetime.
- Obtain an application
Download Form SS-5 from the Social Security website, or pick one up at the nearest Social Security office.
- Complete the application
Answer the information requested. The questions are basic, requiring your name, date of birth, address and Social Security number. Although questions 9 and ten request your parents' Social Security numbers, you only have to complete this section if you are under 18 years of age.
- Gather your documents
Choose a document that shows your identity, such as a driver's license or passport. These documents must be current and unexpired. If you are a naturalized U.S. citizen and did not show proof of citizenship when you first applied for a Social Security number, you need to provide proof when you reapply.
- Submit the application and documents to the Social Security office
Take or mail the application and documents to any Social Security office. Expect to receive your card in seven to 14 days from the date you submit the application.