Social Security Card Application
Lost your Social Security card, or was it stolen? If so, Social Security will replace it for free, but you are limited to three replacement social security 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 immigration 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.
In order to get a replacement card you must complete an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-4) and have documents that prove you are a U.S. citizen.
You will also need documents proving that you possess U.S. citizenship and to prove you’re identity. This information must then be taken to your local Social Security office.
There are a number of documents that the agency requires before you can be able to apply and these documents must not be photocopies nor only notarized. These documents must be authentic.
If you have not been issued a number before or you need an original card, you must provide the agency your correct age, identity and citizenship or lawful alien status.
You may need a duplicate of your card for a number of reasons, in this case, you must show any proof of identity, and if you were born outside the United States, you should also provide your citizenship proof or lawful alien status.
If you just recently got married or got divorced and your name has been changed, you need to have your card corrected and the documents needed are proof of identification that has your old name and same with the aforementioned, citizenship status proof.
For proof of age, birth certificate is required. But further credentials are also accepted like hospital records prior to reaching the age of 5 or a religious record that was released before you were 3 months old like baptismal certificate, perhaps.
For your proof of identity, there are a number of valid identifications accepted like driver’s license, company or employer ID, passport, military records and many others. Health cards are also accepted. Remember that Medicare card is different from health insurance card and Medicare cards are not accepted.
Remember that you are dealing with a sovereign government agency so you are definitely assured that all your personal information and your documents are held in the strictest possible confidentiality.
Once you are finished with your application, you can get your own SSN after a few days. And your record will be in the government’s secured database. You can check your number through search by social security numbers [http://www.searchbysocialsecuritynumber.org/] or search by SSN for free [http://www.searchbysocialsecuritynumber.org/], either way, you still can find what you are looking for.
Documentation For Non-citizens
Documentation for Children adopted from another country must be notarized and presented along with the application. This can be established before they arrive in the United States
Documentation for those who are in this country as students must include the document I-20. And DS-2019
Documentation for immigrants requires the United States Immigration Status document I-94, I-551, I-688B, or DS-2019.Documentation for eligibility to work, such as a work visa is the certificate DS-2019.