How to replace a lost Social Security card

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How to replace a lost Social Security card
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Did you lose your Social Security card years ago and look to get a replacement?

Now, it’s easy to do online in 28 states and the District of Columbia!

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Need a Social Security card replacement? Here’s how to get one online

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has helped 1 million people get Social Security card replacements, according to the latest numbers.

Here’s how to join their ranks:

1. Sign up for a mySocialSecurity account

The first thing to do before you can request a new card is to sign up for your free mySocialSecurity account, if you haven’t done so already.

To sign up, you’ll need to have a valid email address, a Social Security number, a U.S. mailing address and be at least 18 years of age.

Once you’re signed up, there are a few things you need to know before you request a replacement for your lost Social Security card.

For instance, you can’t request a name change or any other change to your replacement card.

You also need to have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card from a participating state.

2. See if your state is on the list

The SSA is always seeking to expand this online replacement service to more states.

The latest states to come on board include Colorado, Montana, New York, and Wyoming.

Here is the entire list of participating states as of April, 2018:

  1. Arizona
  2. Arkansas
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware (driver’s license only)
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Florida
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Kentucky
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Massachusetts
  16. Michigan
  17. Mississippi
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska
  20. New Mexico
  21. New York
  22. North Dakota
  23. Pennsylvania
  24. South Dakota
  25. Texas
  26. Virginia
  27. Washington
  28. Wisconsin (driver’s license only)
  29. Wyoming

3. Complete the online application

Once you determine that you can get your replacement card online, you just need to begin the free application process.

You can do so at SSA.gov/SSNumber.

4. Don’t see your state on the list?

If your state is not on the list at this time, here’s what you have to do:

  1. View the document requirements here.
  2. Complete your application and print it out here.
  3. Find your local Social Security office and return the application and documents here.
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Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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