Social Security Card Replacement

Lost your Social Security card? Get a replacement card. In most cases, your SSN should be enough but you may need to make a Social Security card replacement to fulfill your needs.

If you’re required to have a Social Security card, you can request a replacement online but not everyone is eligible for this. You can request a Social Security replacement card if it’s available in your state.

Residents of most states are eligible to get a Social Security replacement card. Only those who are living in the following states can’t get a Social Security replacement card.

  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • West Virginia


  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

If you’re living in one of the states or U.S. territories above, you can apply for a Social Security card replacement at a local Social Security office.

Apply for replacement online

To apply for Social Security card replacement online, you must have my Social Security account. If you have, you can log in and request a replacement card in seconds. If you don’t have one, click here to create my Social Security account.

Create my Social Security account

Once you get to the registration page which linked to the paragraph above, you can start creating an account. Those who’ve been given an activation code via a letter can enter it to set up their accounts.

Regardless of receiving this activation code, you will need to enter a username and password. you will receive a security code to the e-mail address or mobile phone number you entered. This is a one-time security code you will receive when setting up your account.

After these are done, you can log in using your credentials set up earlier and request a Social Security account number card.

Keep in mind that requesting a replacement card from Social Security Administration is completely free. You aren’t going to pay a fee for replacing a Social Security card or when applying for a new one.

However—this isn’t related to the cost but you must apply for a new Social Security card if there have been changes. For example, if your name was changed due to marriage, you will need to request a new Social Security card rather than a replacement.


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