Your nine-digit Social Security number is issued primarily as a sort-of tracking number for tax purposes. Social Security numbers are issued when you're born and the number is printed on an official card. You need the official copy of this form for various reasons, so if you lose it, you must request a new one from the Social Security Administration. The form and directions you need to get a replacement card are located online, but they must be submitted via mail or in-person.
Point your web browser to the Social Security Administration's "Get a New or Replacement Card" webpage.
Download the Form SS-5. This document is in PDF form, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat in order to open it.
Print the SS-5 form and fill it out legibly and completely with blue or black ink.
Gather the official documents you'll need to submit with your application. You can find out what documents you need by referring to the SS-5 form or by clicking on the "Learn What Documents You Need" link on the Social Security Administration website.
Take or mail your completed SS-5 Form and official documents to your local Social Security Office. Determine the location of your local office by entering your zip code on the Social Security Administration website.
You can call the Social Security Administration with questions about Social Security Card replacement by calling 1-800-772-1213 anytime Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. All official documents you submit with your SS-5 form must be the original documents or certified copies.
Keep your social security card in a safe place—never carry it with you in your wallet.
Things You'll Need
- Social Security Administration: Get a New or Replacement Card
- Social Security Administration: Local Office Search
- Social Security Administration: Social Security Card Center Information
- Federal Trade Commission: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
- Social Security Administration: Reporting a Lost or Stolen Social Security Card