How Do You Replace a Lost Social Security Card?


Quick Answer

To replace a lost Social Security card, fill out a Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card, collect documents, locate a local Social Security office and mail or hand-deliver the application and documents. It generally takes 10 business days for it to arrive in the mail.

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  1. Complete the application

    Completely fill out a Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card. Print the form from the Social Security official website or by visiting the local Social Security office. Review the form to be sure that all the information provided is true and correct.

  2. Collect the required documents

    Determine the required documentation, and collect it. This includes documents that prove information such as identity and citizenship status. Required documentation may include a picture identification, an official birth certificate or other unexpired proof of citizenship.

  3. Locate the local Social Security office

    Locate the nearest Social Security office by utilizing the tools provided on the official website or by searching the local phone directory.

  4. Deliver the application and documents

    Deliver the application and required documents in person or by postal mail. Electronic delivery is not an option as of 2014.

  5. Wait for the replacement card to arrive

    Wait for the replacement card to arrive via postal mail. Expect to receive the card in less than two weeks from the time the application was received by the Social Security officials.

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