A) To replace a Social Security card, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Fill out Form SS-5, the “Application for a Social Security Card.” You can download the form from the Social Security Administration (SSA) website or obtain a copy from your local SSA office.
  2. Gather the required documents. You will need to provide documentation to prove your identity and U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status. Acceptable documents include a U.S. passport, state-issued driver’s license or ID card, or a birth certificate.
  3. Take or mail the completed form and required documents to your local Social Security office. You can locate your local office using the SSA’s Office Locator tool.
  4. Wait for your replacement card to arrive. The SSA will process your application and mail your new card to you. This process usually takes 10 to 14 business days.

It’s important to note that there are limits on how many replacement cards you can receive in a year and over your lifetime. In most cases, you can receive up to three replacement cards per year and 10 in total over your lifetime, with some exceptions.

According to the Social Security Administration; as long as you’re only requesting a replacement Social Security Card, and no other changes, you can use the SSA free online services to request a new card. All you need to do is log in to or create your personal my Social Security account then request a new card with this free online service.