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Replacing a Lost or Stolen Social Security Card

There are times when a social security card can be lost or stolen. Nowadays having a physical social security card may not be as important as it used to be, but if a replacement is desired, the service is free of charge so you don't have to pay for it. That applies regardless of how you lost your original card.

How can you get a replacement?

One of the best things you can do at this point is to create an account on my Social Security as here you will be able to request a replacement card. In order to do that, you need to have an US mailing address and you need to be an US citizen over the age of 18. You can get a replacement social security card only if you don't request any change the original card, you just want a new card that copies the information from your old card. Also, you will need to have either a state-issued ID card or a driver's license which is valid at this time.

Requesting a replacement online usually takes just a few minutes. Of course, there will be situations when you can't ask for a social security card online or you might want to talk with someone at the local office for clarification. In that case, you can find an alternative way of getting your replacement social security card below!

Getting a new replacement card offline

In case you don't quality for getting a card online, you need to try the alternative. The first thing you have to do here is to learn what documents you need. Prepare all the documents and, whenever you are ready, download the form that will help you get your replacement card. The next thing you have to do at this point is to find a social security office in your area. You can do that by visiting https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp, as here you can find all the nearest social security office where you can present your documents.

Keep in mind that all documents have to be submitted either as certified copies or in their original form. You will not be able to use notarized copies or photocopies. You will also need to get a certified copy of the document that shows information about any divorce, marriage or birth. In case you present this document for someone else, make sure that you have a way to prove your relationship with that person!

Getting your replacement social security card isn't hard, it just requires you to find the best method that suits your needs. Even if you can't get one online, you can easily go to the office and present the form and the necessary paperwork.

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