How to Get a New Social Security Card

Knowing how to get a new Social Security card is important, as you might need a new one for several reasons. Whether you have changed your name due to a marriage or either lost or damaged your old card and need a replacement, you will be relieved at how easy it is to get a new card. Here is what you need to know to get a new Social Security card, no matter the circumstances:

Applying For The First Time
If you have never received a Social Security card, you will need to fill out an application as well as bring certain documents with you to your local Social Security Administration. These documents must be original because the Social Security Administration will not accept photocopies. For a first-time applicant over the age of 12, you will need to bring proof of age, US citizenship and identification. The proof of age is best shown in a birth certificate. Proof of US citizenship is provided with a birth certificate, a US passport or a Certificate of Naturalization. Identification can be either a US passport or a state-issued driver's license or identification card.

Obtaining A Replacement Card
If your Social Security card is lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a replacement card. Getting a replacement Social Security card is decidedly easier than applying for the first time. You will need to fill out an application at your local Social Security Administration and bring with you proof of citizenship and identification. Your proof of citizenship is either a US passport, a birth certificate or a Certificate of Naturalization. Be sure to indicate on your application that this is a replacement card, not an application for a new Social Security number.

Correcting Your Name on a Social Security Card
If you have legally changed your name due to a marriage, divorce or any other reason, you should also correct your name on your Social Security card. Fill out an application at your local Social Security Administration, and bring with you the proof of your name change, as well as your proof of US citizenship and identification. Documents that contain the proof of name change include the marriage certificate, the divorce decree or a court order for a name change. Your proof of US citizenship is a US passport or a birth certificate. Your identification can be a state-issued driver's license or US passport.

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