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Getting Your Lost or Stolen Social Security Card Replaced

Mar 21

At ProtectMyID, we aim to provide you with useful information about all things related to identity theft. According to the Social Security Administration, a Social Security number is important because you need it in order to get a job, collect Social Security benefits, and receive other government services. Many other businesses, such as banks and credit companies, also ask for your number.

So, if your Social Security card is lost or stolen, a lot is at stake. With your unique number, a thief can apply for credit, even a mortgage, in your name. According to the SSA, there are some steps to take to get your card replaced.

You can replace your card or your child’s card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions do not count toward these limits. For example, changes in noncitizen status that require card updates may not count toward these limits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.

To get a replacement card, you will need to:

  • Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5);
  • Present a recently issued document to show your identity;
  • Show evidence of your U.S. citizenship if you were born outside the United States and did not show proof of citizenship when you got your card; and
  • Show evidence of your current lawful noncitizen status if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Your replacement card will have the same name and number as your previous card. In addition to the information above, you can find more at or by calling the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

5 Comments Add your comment

  1. Thomas Kunnel chacko
    Jan 22 at 10:53

    To inform the social security office that, someone stolen our house. And our [4 members] passport, social security,green card and we lost every, we dont know what to show as an identity.


    Becky Reply:

    Sounds like a good question for the Social Security Administration. Here’s their contact information.


  2. Craig Daniel English
    Feb 24 at 14:02

    hello my name is Craig, and i wanted to know if it was possible to replace my social security card on line, for it was lost and i have not any trnspertation to get to an social security office, and i live in Henderson off of boulder hwy and lake mead pky,
    thank you and have a grate day pleas reply at your earliest convince.
    reply to thank you and have a grate day


    Becky Reply:

    Hi Craig. We are not part of the Social Security Administration and cannot replace your Social Security card. Please read this article from on how to order a replacement card.


  3. kevin
    Nov 26 at 17:19

    What will happen after I get my card replaced. will my life be chaos after. my wallet was on the roof of my car and it flew off with my social in it!!!


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