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How to Get a Copy of a Social Security Card

If you’re in need of a duplicate social security card because your existing card was damaged or because you wish to have a spare copy for your records, you simply need to follow a few simple steps.

First, download form SS-5 by visiting this link and print using standard white letter-size paper. Fill in all sections of the application in blue or black ink using clear handwriting.

After your application is complete, you’ll need to gather the following documentation as well. If applying for a copy of your social security card as an adult, you’ll need to prove citizenship through a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, or Naturalization Certificate. You’ll also be required to provide documentation for proof of identity, such as a U.S. driver’s license, U.S. state-issued non-driver identity card, or a U.S. passport. If these options for proof of identity are unavailable to you, consider another official document such as a health insurance card, school ID card or U.S. military ID. Finally, an original birth certificate will be required as proof of age.

If you are applying for a duplicate social security card on behalf of a child, you’ll not only need to include documents to prove your identity, but also those for the child.

Remember, that all documents for the copy of your social security card should be originals – not photocopies or notarized copies!

Once all documents and the completed application are together, submit it to your regional Social Security Administration office either by mail or in person. Your duplicate social security card should be in your mailbox within 7-14 days. It’s wise to keep your new duplicate social security card in a safe spot, like a lock box or fire proof filing cabinet, so that you won’t have to go through the process of filing for a copy of your social security card again!