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How to Get a New Social Security Card

Updated on September 16, 2015

How to Get a New Social Security Card

Want to know how to get a new Social Security card? A new Social Security card is imperative after you realize that it is lost, stolen or unreadable. After marriage and a name change then you will also need to receive a Social Security card replacement with updated information. So why is a replacement so important? Your identity revolves around that nine digit number. Social Security cards are used to secure loans, receive telephone or other services, and to speak to representatives with whom you already have services with. It is also a requirement for setting up a banking or savings account. Getting a new Social Security card is a fairly easy task with a few required documents and the cost for a replacement is free of charge.

Did you know that more than half of the people in the United States do not have their Social Security numbers memorized?

Want to know how to get a new Social Security card? Start right with the source: the SS office.
Want to know how to get a new Social Security card? Start right with the source: the SS office.

What You Will Need to Get a New Social Security Card

To get a new Social Security card you will need to prove that you are the actual person seeking a replacement. These securities are taken to protect your identity. To correct the birth date on a card or a name misspelling then you will need a birth certificate, passport, or a final adoption decree for proof to make a correction. Order an extra copy of your marriage certificate from your local courthouse if you are seeking a new social security card based on a name change. For those that are legal immigrants then you will need to show a form that was given to you by the Department of Homeland Security. The application that is listed below will list all of the forms in the instructions that you may use. The application, courtesy of the Social Security, supplies a lengthy list any type of situation for seeking a replacement for your ease.

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How to Get a New Social Security Card Online

Type in: into your web browser. The address is the actual Social Security’s website and you may use the PDF form that is given for a Social Security Card replacement, to apply for an original card, or to correct information that is not valid or needs to be updated due to marriage. Print off the entire PDF 5 pages then read over the instructions carefully. Fill out the application per the instructions in black or blue pen. Failing to do so will result in a rejection if you use pencil or a different colored pen.

To protect yourself and take precautions from identity theft, take your actual copies of the necessary documents that are needed and the application for a new social security card to an actual center near you. If you need help locating an office or have additional questions or need application help, you can call the SS national office at 1(800) 772-1213.

How to Get a New Social Security Card: Warnings

Be aware that if you continuously lose or damage your card and seek replacement that you are only allowed to have a total of 10 issued in your lifetime. It’s also a mandatory law that you can only receive up to three replacements per any given year. Children under the age of 18 will need the signature of a parent or legal guardian to get a replacement or new card. Report your card to the above number if stolen and to the state police of your area.


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