Do you need a new or replacement Social Security card? Want to know how to get your Social Security Card application done and dusted quickly? In this post, we’ll go through the steps that you’ll need to follow.

Is it Going to Cost Me Anything?

You can apply three times a year for free and up to ten times over your lifetime. After that, you’ll need to pay for a replacement card. Aside from that, there are no fees to pay if you do everything yourself. If you choose to complete the process through an agency, they will charge a fee.

Can I Apply Online?

If your application is straightforward and meets the following criteria, you will be able to apply online:

  • You are 18 or older and legally a United States Citizen
  • The name on the card is going to be the same as the previous card – if you have legally changed your name since the last card was issued, you can’t apply online
  • Your mailing address is in the States
  • You have a driver’s license or ID card issued by the government in any of the states that are listed on the site

What if I Don’t Qualify to Apply Online?

That means that you will need to go to the relevant office in your city with the following documentation:

  • Proof of citizenship: For this, you must supply either your birth certificate or your American passport.
  • Proof of how old you are: This is easily done when you give in a copy of your birth certificate. If you don’t have that, you can bring in hospital records from when you were born, religious records like a baptism that shows your date of birth, or your passport.
  • Proof of identity: These must be official documents that contain your full name and date of birth. Photo ID is preferable but not essential. The documents must still be valid. So, your driver’s license would be ideal. An expired passport, on the other hand, is not.

How Does the Application Process Work?

Once you have all the documents together, you need to print out the Form SS-5 and complete it. The originals of all the documents must be provided with your application. You can then either visit the offices in person or mail in the application and original documents.
If you do mail in the originals, these will be mailed back with your Social Security card.

Applying for  a Brand-New Card

The process is very different in this case. If you are over 12 years old and was never issued with your Social Security number at all, you will have to go to your nearest office and be interviewed. You will need to provide proof of why you don’t have a number.
If you lived outside of the States for a long time, you could provide documentation such as passports, employment or school records, etc. as proof.
If you have always lived in the States, you can use your tax or school records to prove that the number was never assigned.


Applying is relatively simple as long as you have all the correct documentation.

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