Applying for a new Social Security card involves a few steps. To ensure a smooth process, follow the guidelines below:

  • 1. Gather Required Documents: Before you begin the application process, collect the necessary documents to prove your identity, age, and citizenship or immigration status. For U.S. citizens, a birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) are typically required. Noncitizens will need to provide proof of their immigration status, work eligibility, and a government-issued photo ID.
  • 2. Complete Form SS-5: The next step is to fill out the Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). This form is available on the Social Security Administration (SSA) website ( or at your local Social Security office. Be sure to provide accurate and complete information, as any errors may result in delays or denial of your application.
  • 3. Submit Your Application: Once you have completed Form SS-5 and gathered the required documents, you can submit your application in one of two ways:
    • a. In-Person: Locate your nearest Social Security office using the SSA’s office locator tool ( Visit the office during business hours and submit your completed Form SS-5 along with the original or certified copies of your supporting documents. The SSA representative will review your application and documents, and if everything is in order, they will process your request for a new Social Security card.
    • b. By Mail: If you prefer to submit your application by mail, send your completed Form SS-5 and original or certified copies of your supporting documents to your local Social Security office. Be sure to use a secure mailing method, as you are sending sensitive personal information. The SSA will review your application and, if approved, mail your new Social Security card to the address provided on your application.
  • 4. Receive Your New Social Security Card: After your application has been processed and approved, you will receive your new Social Security card in the mail. This process typically takes 10-14 business days, but it may take longer during peak times or if there are any issues with your application.

Remember to keep your new Social Security card in a safe place, as it contains sensitive personal information. If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, don’t hesitate to contact the SSA for assistance.

Additional resources

Another relevant government resource is the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which provides information on obtaining a new Social Security card for U.S. citizens living abroad. This website offers guidance on the necessary steps and documentation required for applying for a Social Security card while residing in a foreign country.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website is also a useful resource, as it provides information on identity theft prevention and recovery. Since a lost or stolen Social Security card can lead to identity theft, understanding how to protect your personal information and what to do in case of identity theft is crucial.

Lastly, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website can be helpful for non-U.S. citizens who need to apply for a Social Security card. This website offers information on the eligibility requirements and application process for non-citizens, including immigrants, refugees, and temporary workers.

By utilizing these government resources, individuals can better understand the process of applying for a new Social Security card and ensure they have the necessary information and documentation to complete the application successfully.

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