I need to get a replacement for my social security card. how do I start?

A) Here are the steps on how to get a replacement social security card:

1. Determine if you need a replacement:

  • You only need a replacement card if your card is lost, stolen, damaged, or if your name has legally changed.
  • If you simply need to update your address or other personal information, you can do so online or by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213.

2. Gather the required documents:

  • Proof of identity: This could be a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued ID.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship: This could be a birth certificate, U.S. passport, or certificate of citizenship.
  • Proof of work (optional): This could be a W-2 form, pay stub, or letter from your employer.
  • Completed Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5): You can download the form from the SSA website or pick one up at a local SSA office.

3. Choose a method to apply:

  • Apply online: This is the fastest and easiest way to apply. You can do it through the SSA website: https://www.ssa.gov/number-card
  • Apply in person: You can visit your local SSA office. Be prepared to wait, as there may be long lines.
  • Apply by mail: This is the slowest option. You can mail your completed Form SS-5 and supporting documents to the SSA.

4. Submit your application:

  • Once you have completed your application and gathered the required documents, you can submit it to the SSA.
  • If you are applying online, you will need to create an account and provide your bank account information for the $35 replacement fee.
  • If you are applying in person, you will need to bring your completed application and documents to your local SSA office.
  • If you are applying by mail, you will need to mail your completed application and documents to the SSA using a certified mail service like USPS Priority Mail with a return receipt.

5. Wait for your new card:

  • The SSA will process your application and mail your new card to you within 10 business days.
  • You will receive a notification in the mail when your card has been mailed.

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