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How to apply for Social Security replacement card

How to apply for Social Security replacement card

A ‘my Social Security’ account not only helps you plan for your retirement, it also has numerous practical benefits as well. The prime benefits of Social Security is based on four categories- disability, retirement, dependents and survivors benefits. The process of applying for a Social Security card replacement online starts with creating ‘my Social Security’ account.

In case you’ve lost the card, a replacement may be needed in a few instances where you will have to show the card. In most cases, as long as you remember the number and quote it correctly, there wouldn’t be a need to apply for a new card. If you feel a replacement card is a must, website has all the pertinent information to do so.

To apply for a replacement card

  • The first step is to assemble the necessary documents which need to be shown. You are required to provide documents that prove your identity (driver’s license, passport or any state issued ID proof). All these documents have to be originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.
  • Fill out the SS-5 application. Along with the duly filled application, attach your original documents and send it by mail to your local office.
  • The replacement card is delivered within 10 business days.

Pertinent facts on card replacement

  • An individual can replace the Social Security card up to 10 times in the lifetime and up to 3 times in a year.
  • These limits do not apply to legal name changes and changes in immigration status.
  • The limit is not applicable if you are able to prove that the card is required to prevent a significant hardship which relates to a victim of domestic violence or identity theft.

In a growing number of states, a replacement request can be placed online as long as you’re not requesting a name change or any other change in your card. It is a convenient process which is safe as the information you enter is protected. The built-in feature has the ability to confirm your identity and detect fraud in a jiffy. Follow the simple steps listed above.

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