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My sister lost her wallet will she need to get a new Social Security number?

Q) My sister lost her wallet and someone found it but did not return it.she replaced everything but will she need to get a new Social Security number?

A) Your sister simply need a new Social Security Card. However if she needs to Obtain a New Social Security Number and Card she will need to provide at least two documents to prove age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or current immigration status. To Obtain a Replacement Card, if lost or stolen, you must prove your identity and U.S. citizenship. Keep in mind that when applying for a New Number or Replacement Card. The SSA may assign a new Social Security number to you if you are being harassed, abused, or are in grave danger when using the original number, or if you can prove that someone has stolen your number and is using it.

The following information was obtained from the U.S. Social Security Administration’s web page at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.

To Obtain a New Social Security Number and Card you will need to provide at least two documents to prove age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or current immigration status.

To Obtain a Replacement Card, if lost or stolen, you must prove your identity and U.S. citizenship.

To prove identity: Social Security must see:




U.S. driver’s license; or
State-issued non-driver identity card; or
U.S. passport.
If you do not have these specific documents or cannot get a replacement for them within ten days, Social Security will ask to see other documents, such as:

Employee ID card;
School ID card;
Health insurance card (not a Medicare card);
U.S. military ID card
To Prove Age: Social Security must see:

Birth certificate;
If a birth certificate does not exist Social Security may accept:
Religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth
U.S. hospital record of your date of birth
U.S. passport
If you lived outside the U.S.: other records showing long term residence outside the U.S.
To prove U.S. citizenship: Under recent changes in law, only certain documents can be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include:

U.S. birth certificate;
U.S. passport
To prove immigration status: If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social security must see your current U.S. immigration documents. Acceptable documents include:

I-94 Arrival/Departure Record or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
I-766 Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit
Form I-551 (Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Machine Readable Immigrant Visa) with your unexpired foreign passport
How to Change a Name on Your Social Security Card: To change your name on your Social Security card, you must also complete Form SS-5. You need to provide recently issued documents that show your legally changed name such as a marriage document, divorce decree, court order for a name change, or an identity document in your prior name (as shown in social security records). The new Social Security card will show your new name, but will have the same number as your old card.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Social Security cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents or receipts showing you have applied for a document.

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