If mail in documents required to get a copy of SS card. Will this be returned?

Q) If mail in documents required to get a copy of SS card, example original birth certificate, will this be returned?

A) When you apply for a copy of your Social Security card, the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically requires original documents or certified copies. These documents may include proof of identity, such as a U.S. passport or driver’s license, and proof of citizenship or immigration status, such as a birth certificate or immigration document.

In most cases, the SSA will return the original documents to you after verifying their authenticity. However, it’s important to note that the SSA reserves the right to keep certain documents if they cannot be easily replaced or if they suspect fraud. Generally, documents like birth certificates and passports will be returned to you, but it’s advisable to make copies of all the documents you submit before sending them.

To ensure the safe return of your documents, you can use a secure and trackable mailing service, such as certified mail with a return receipt requested or a courier service that provides a tracking number. This way, you can have proof of delivery and ensure that your documents reach the SSA safely.

It’s always recommended to contact the SSA directly or visit their official website for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the application process and document requirements.

NOTE: For any post mail requests, the Social Security Administration requires that you send in original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued the document. Photocopies, even if notarized, are not accepted. The Social Security Administration will always return your documents to you once they process your new card.

Keep in mind you can also request a replacement social security card online if you:

Have a My Social Security account.
Are 18 or older.
Are not changing the name on the card.
Have a U.S. mailing address (military and diplomatic addresses count).
Live in a state that shares its computer data with Social Security. (As of July 2019, 40 states and the District of Columbia do so. Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and West Virginia do not. The list is updated regularly, so check the Social Security website to see if your state’s status has changed.)

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