If you’ve lost or misplaced your social security card you can apply for a lost social security card. It’s quick and easy to apply for and then you’ll just have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Before you apply, you’re going to need some documentation. You’ll need to have your driver’s license, a passport if you have one, your birth certificate (original copy only), and the original number of your social security card.

Fill SS Application Form

You’ll fill out an application that you can find online at their website or you can go into any one of the social security offices and fill out the application there. You’ll need to include your full name, date of birth, address, social security number and a few other details that are required. It’s important to note that you’ll have to send in or take in only your original documents. You can’t use copies. They must see the originals. These will be returned to you unharmed and you’ll get them back fairly quickly.

Since it must be original documents only most people choose to take their original documentation in and get it back the same day. This way, they never have to be without their important documents if they need them.

Important Documents And Other Procedures

Once you’ve filled out the application, it will take about six to eight weeks for your new card to arrive in the mail. It will be the same number as your previous card. You won’t be receiving a new number so if you’re filling out any paperwork and it requests your social security number you’re going to use the same number that you’ve used all of your life.

Keep your card in a safe location when you do finally get it. It’s recommended that you not store your social security card in your wallet. If your wallet is stolen or lost you won’t have your card. You’ll need to fill out the application in full. It’s just a simple set of questions that prove that you are you. The documentation that you submit to prove this is further proof of your identity.

Most people only need to show their social security card lost replacement online when they apply for a job. The rest of the time you can keep it in a safe location where you’ll always be able to access it should you need it, but you won’t have to worry about losing it should you lose or misplace your wallet.

Take Help From Social Security Administration

Social security numbers are assigned and you’ll always have the same number throughout your life. You won’t get a new number if you lose your card. You can rest assured that this is to help identify you and so that you can access your benefits when you’re older. The social security administration work closely to help you if you should lose or misplace your card.

As soon as you realize that you’ve misplaced your card you should get it replaced immediately. It’s your personal identification and you need to have a copy of it to show if you’re applying for a job.