What Do You Need to Get a Social Security Card?

In order for a U.S. citizen to get a new Social Security card, it is necessary to provide two official documents that prove the person's age, identity and U.S. citizenship. Accepted documents include a birth certificate, U.S. passport, state-issued driver's license or ID card or health insurance card.

Other accepted documents include an employee or school identification card, proof of voter registration, hospital or religious birth record and a U.S. military identification card. It is also necessary to fill out the application for a Social Security card.

Those applying for a replacement card need only provide proof of U.S. citizenship and identity, as the person's age has already been established by the Social Security Administration and is connected to his Social Security number. In this case, only one document is needed, provided it proves both citizenship and identity.

Replacement cards can be applied for through the mail, but any person over the age of 12 must apply in person if they have never been issued a Social Security card. In this case, an interview and proof that the individual was never assigned a Social Security number are required. Such proof usually consists of school records or a document showing the person has lived outside of the U.S. for an extended period of time.