Replacement Social Security Cards
How to Get a New SS Card
Your Social Security card is essential. You need it to get a job, receive Social Security Disability benefits and enroll in other government programs. There are a few basic steps to replacing your Social Security card:
- Find out what documents you are going to need
- Print and fill out an application for a replacement card (Form SS-5)
- Take in or mail your application to Social Security
It is important to remember that all the required documents must be either originals, or copies that are certified by the agency that issued them. You will not be able to replace your Social Security card with photocopies or even copies that have been notarized. Make the replacement of your lost Social Security card simple and easy by getting help from an attorney. Depending on your status, you will need documentation that verifies your identity, U.S. citizenship, or immigration status.
According to the Social Security Administration,
[They] can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include a U.S. birth certificate or a U.S. passport. You must present your birth certificate. (If one exists, you must submit it.) If a birth certificate does not exist, [they] may be able to accept your religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth, U.S. hospital record of your birth or U.S. passport. An acceptable document [for identity] must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph.
To view a more comprehensive list of identification requirements, visit the Social Security Administration webpage Once your application is filed, it will take an average of ten days for you to receive your replacement card, and that is on top of the time it takes them to verify your documents. We will complete your paperwork quickly and completely, speeding up the entire procedure.
Contact Disability Action Advocates today!
Disability Action Advocates know exactly what documents you need, which forms are required, and will make sure your application goes to the right place. We will file all the necessary paperwork for you, review your application for errors, and guide you through every step. If you cannot find the original papers you need, we will assist you in locating or replacing certified documents that will let us complete your application. You should not be without a Social Security card, especially if you are looking for work or going through the application process for Social Security Disability benefits. Do not let losing your card stop you from receiving the disability benefits you deserve. Contact us today!