Getting A Social Security Card: Finding Out What Documents You Need

Often times, people decide they need to apply for a new Social Security card because they can????????t find their old one. As long as you have all of the required information and documentation, it????????s not difficult to obtain a replacement Social Security card. But here????????s even better news: you probably don????????t need the card.

When you think about it, your Social Security number is your Social Security card. That is, knowing your number is usually all you????????ll ever need. Know your number by heart, and you????????ll never leave home without it.

In the event that you really do want or need to get a replacement card, either for yourself or for a child, you can find all the details at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. The ??????Social Security Number and Card?????? page provides information on how to obtain a replacement card and what specific documents you need to provide. Each situation is unique, but in most cases you simply need to print, complete, and either mail or bring the application to Social Security with the appropriate documentation (originals or certified copies only).

Learning what documents you need before you come to the office will make your visit to the office go smoothly. On the ??????Social Security Number and Card?????? page http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ , you????????ll notice an interactive tool which can help. Look for the header called ??????How To Get A New or Replacement Card??????. Click on the box labeled ?????? 1 LEARN what documents you need??????. The boxes work like an interactive tool which helps you find out the documents you????????ll need to show whether you are getting a new, replacement or corrected card. Notice that there are different boxes to click for a card for an adult and for a card for a child. Additionally, there are different boxes for a U. S. citizen and for a noncitizen.

So, let????????s take an example to see how this works. Let????????s say that we want to know what documents are needed for a replacement card for an adult who is a U. S. Citizen. On the ??????Social Security Number and Card?????? page http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/ , we????????ll click on the box that says ??????1 LEARN what documents you need??????. That takes us to the ??????Learn What Documents You Need?????? page. On the boxes at the left, we????????ll click on ??????Adult?????? in the ??????Who the Card is For?????? area, ??????Replacement?????? in the ??????Type of Card?????? area, and ??????U. S. Born Citizen?????? in the ??????Citizenship of the

person the card is for?????? area. The results show that for a U. S. Citizen getting a replacement card, they will need a U. S. birth certificate or U. S. passport to prove citizenship (if they haven????????t already established citizenship on our records), and an unexpired U. S. Driver????????s License, unexpired state-issued non-driver identification card; or a current U. S. passport for identity (see the website for other options if these aren????????t available within 10 days). Remember, we cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of these documents. We can only accept original documents or copies certified by the issuing agency. We may be able to use one document for two purposes. For example, we may use your U. S. passport as both proof of citizenship and identity.

So, first click on the ??????1 LEARN what documents you need?????? box to find out what documents are needed to get a Social Security card for each individual situation before coming to the office. Next, click on ??????2 Fill Out & Print an application??????. Filling out your application in advance will shorten the length of your office interview. Finally, click on ??????3 TAKE OR MAIL this information to us?????? and type in your zipcode to find the office closest to you. It????????s as easy as 1,2,3 to find out what documents you need, complete an application and locate the closest Social Security office to you.
Using this process will help us serve you as quickly and efficiently as we can.


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