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How do I replace my lost Social Security card?

Citizens of some states can get free replacement cards online

Until 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) required you to either visit a Social Security office or mail in documentation to receive a replacement Social Security card.

However, the SSA is rolling out a program whereby adult citizens of an increasing number of states can receive replacement Social Security cards online at ssa.gov. The SSA uses public records from these states to verify your identity online.

As of November, 2017, US citizens age 18 or older of the following states can get replacement cards at ssa.gov :

AZ, AR, CA, DE, DC, FL, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, NE, ND, NM, PA, SD, TX, VA,WA, WI

You will need a state-issued ID card (generally driver's license) to get a replacement card online.

If you do not live in one of the above states or are not an adult US citizen

For complete instructions, please go to New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card.


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