Everyone in the United States has a Social Security card. The card is necessary not just for taxes, it also serves as an individual identification for all legal citizens of the United States. Each card has a unique 9-digit number that allows relevant authorities to get all details about the individual. In addition, a Social Security card allows a person to get benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) after retirement, in case of a disability or even apply for government grants. Therefore, if you lose your Social Security card, it can create a big problem for you. However, the good news is that in case the card is lost, you can apply for a replacement. Here is how to replace a lost social security card.
First of all you will have to go to the SSA’s website and download form SS-5. Fill out this form based on the instructions provided. Once you have filled out the form, go to the nearest Social Security office in your city or town and submit the form. If you do not know the whereabouts of the office, you can get the details from the SSA website. While submitting the form, you will have to also show proof of your citizenship as well as identity. To prove your citizenship, you can take your birth certificate, passport, or Certificates of Naturalization or Citizenship. A passport, driver’s license or ID card issued by state can be used for the purpose of identification.
In case you do not have any of the aforementioned documents, then the SSA will also accept school ID, military ID or the card issued by your health insurance provider. However, these IDs should have your photograph, your name, date of birth and/or your age. Also, the IDs should be valid. Once you submit the form and the relevant identity documents, your lost the card and it will be replaced. Of course, it will take a few weeks to reach you, but you will get it. A point to remember is that the SSA only replaces a lost card three times in a year and 10 times in a person’s lifetime. So, keep your card carefully and try not to lose it.