So You’ve Lost Your Social Security Card

lost ss cardLosing important documents is frustrating, especially something as important as your Social Security card.

You’ll want to consider whether you really need to get a replacement card. Knowing your number is what’s important, after all. You’ll rarely need the card itself — perhaps only when you get a new job and have to show it to your employer. If you really must replace your card, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber before visiting your local Social Security office.

The first step is to learn what documents you need. You’ll need to show us a U.S. driver’s license, a state issued non-driver identification card, or a U.S. passport to prove your identity. Sometimes you may also need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status with a birth certificate or passport.

Keep in mind that all documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We can’t accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. We also can’t accept a receipt showing you applied for the document.

Once you’re clear on what documents you’ll need, the second step is to print the Application for a Social Security Card, so you can fill it out. Finally, the third step is to bring or mail your application and original documents to us, and the online process will take you to a screen where you can find the address of your local office.

In some areas, you can request a replacement Social Security card using your online my Social Security account if you meet certain requirements. Simply access your account and follow the instructions to replace your Social Security card. It’s safe, convenient and secure.

You can replace your Social Security card for free if it’s lost or stolen. Avoid service providers wanting to charge you a fee to get your replacement card. Keep in mind that you’re limited to three replacement cards in a year, and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions don’t count toward these limits. Changes in immigration status that require card updates may not count toward these limits. Also, you aren’t affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.

We’ll mail your card as soon as we have all of your information and have verified your documents. Your replacement card will have the same name and number as your previous card.

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256 thoughts on “So You’ve Lost Your Social Security Card

  1. Jim,
    I just wanted to say that you are doing a fabulous job communicating to the American public. I love your efforts and wish more agencies were so open! Keep up the good work and please try to use your influence to convince others to do the same! Take care,

    Micky

    • Yes, Micky, he is doing a fine job. First off if you’ve lost your SS card you NEVER have to produce a birth certificate, NEVER. You NEVER show a passport to prove citizenship. When you received your card the first time these issues were taken care of. The passport can be used in lieu of a driver’s license for identity purposes. And who wants to mail in their driver’s license? Can you do without it for a week or two? Best advice, just go into the local SS office and apply there for a new card.

      • AGREE!!
        What he doesn’t tell you is the Procedure for Getting a new SS number when yours has been stolen at a Border town in Arizona while applying as a Teacher at a Public School. You can’t get a new SS#, according to SS phone lines.

          • I’d like to no how to get a replacement card for my daughter who just turned 18 and has not had one for years as it was stolen and I don’t no her number

          • Hi, i m going through very frustrated situation because last night when i was on my job someone entered my appartment and stole my green card and social security. I am very much worried how i get my green card nd SSC.

          • Hi, I lost my ssn card when my purse was stolen.. I filed a police report and went to the social security office to replace my ssn, but the woman at the desk said I have to show her ” Citizan Neutralization papers” I told her i was adapted when I was little, my parents did immigration papers before I came here.. I don’t know what to do..and I really need to replace my card for my new job..

          • Hi Katia. Although foreign-born children may automatically acquire U.S. citizenship, SSA requires them to provide proof that they are U.S. citizens. In addition, you will also be required to provide proof of identification to get a replacement Social Security card. If your naturalization certificate is lost, stolen, or damaged you may need to request a new copy. Please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services web page for more information. Thanks!

        • Hi, i m going through very frustrated situation because last night when i was on my job someone entered my appartment and stole my green card and social security. I am very much worried how i get my green card nd SSC. Can u suggest me anything?

          • If you are a permanent resident and need to replace your green card, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website at http://www.uscis.gov. You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you may not need to get a replacement card, knowing your Social Security number is what’s important. Generally, you will have to show us proof of your current immigration status. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives for further assistance. To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a Social Security card, please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps.

        • I did the process on october 13, 2016, and followed up november 7, and still no replacement card. Left messages etc.

          • Hi Tobias. We are required to verify the documents you submitted when you applied for your Social Security card. Typically, after we receive your application for a Social Security replacement card, and verify your documents, you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. If you applied for a first time Social Security card, it may take longer than 30 days. Please continue working with the office where you filed your application and speak to one of our agents about the status of your card. When you go, take the documents you originally presented as evidence. We hope this helps.

    • Thanks for your comment Micky! Social Security is committed to providing world-class customer service today and in the years to come.

    • I’ve lost my wallet. Have no I’d or social security card now and can’t get one without the other. Where do start. I have 3 babies and need a job.

      • Sorry we missed your question David.We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
        •Employee identification card;
        •School identification card;
        •Health insurance card; or
        •U.S. military identification card.
        Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
        To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

        • Having the same issue here, have a copy of the SS card and orginal birth certi. but no other proof of idenity. The is a major issue cannot get employment without ID which you can’t get withou SS card which wants your ID Something is really wrong with this picture

    • My daughter got her purse stolen with he SS card in it. She went into the office and applied for a new card but she starts a new job and the new one has not arrived. are there any options for he?

      • Hi Jennifer! Typically, after we process your request for a replacement Social Security card, you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. To follow up on your application for a Social Security replacement card, you may have to return to the office where you filed your application. On your receipt there should be a local phone number for you to call and speak to someone about the status of your card. We hope this helps.

        • I’m at the office to apply for a replacement card, very long wait. Will the card be issued to me today? Or just like filling it out online, I should expect it in the mail in 10 business days?

          • Hi Erica. Generally, we will provide you with a receipt showing that you have applied for a replacement Social Security card. After we process your application, you should receive your replacement card by mail within 10 business days. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. Thank you!

      • Hi Jay, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
        •Employee identification card;
        •School identification card;
        •Health insurance card; or
        •U.S. military identification card.
        Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
        Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  2. Lost my card a couple of months ago. It has been replaced. I hope this email is a very late response to the process.

  3. You only need to replace card if you are job hunting and below a certain age. After 60, you have plenty proof of number through paychecks and income tax, so filing for Social Security and Medicare is not a problem, since you are already on file. (That form you get that shows your earnings). Those people who work on “special” payroll that doesn’t show up on earnings form will need a copy of Social Security card.

  4. Why doesn’t SSA issue a more durable card? Mine is so raggedy and I’m afraid to ask for a replacement because I don’t know how many time’s I’ve already replaced it. If our cards were at least as durable as a credit card or even one of those metal ones that aren’t legal, there would be far less need for replacements.

    • Hi Debbie. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-458 ) limits the number of replacement SSN cards an individual may receive to 3 per year and 10 in a lifetime, beginning with cards issued on or after December 17, 2005.

    • Or if we were allowed to make it durable on ou own, such as laminating it. Why aren’t we allowed to? That makes no sense at all to me. I didn’t even knkw about that law till i was actually going to. I’d bought the laminate and all and was gonna do this and a friend of mine said, “STOP! You’re not allowed to do that.” I thought he was kidding. Nope. It’s a ridiculous law altogether.

  5. What if the person who lost the card has no driver’s license or other government issued ID? This is a student who no longer lives at home and has only his birth certificate and perhaps an expired student ID from another state?

    • Hi Ed, we can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. Any documents submitted, must be current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). Click here to learn what documents you can use to get a replacement Social Security card. In addition, depending on your state of residence, you may even be able to apply for a replacement card online. For complete instructions, please go to New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card.

      • You haven’t answered his question. The website asks for government I.d. but if both are stolen what do you do? both require the other.

        • Agreed-this is the classic catch 22-lost the SSN and DL-have a birth certificate-and am being told “you can’t prove your identity” so cannot get a replacement card to get a new DL

          And I have YET to find a SSA employee who can answer this.

          Can my MOTHER request it?

          • Hello D Palmer. Please visit New Or Replacement Social Security Number And Card for a list of documents that you can use for a replacement Social Security card. If you do not have a U.S. driver’s license, state-issued identification card or a U.S. passport, then we can use other documents. The documents must be current and show your name, identifying information such as date of birth or age and preferably a recent photograph. This could be an employee identification card, school identification card, health insurance card or a U.S. military identification card. Hope this helps.

          • I agree my daughter had everything stolen. We cannot get her a drivers license without a SA card which we cannot get. SSA can not answer this question. We can get a replacement birth certificate, but SSA wants more. If you call the SS office and can stand the 1-2 hour wait, they have nothing to answer the question.

          • Hi Dave. Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If your daughter does not have one or cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
            •Employee identification card;
            •School identification card;
            •Health insurance card; or
            •U.S. military identification card.
            Documents must be originals or certified copies, current (not expired) and show the applicant’s name, and other identifying information such as date of birth or age.
            To see if your daughter is eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents she will need to get a card, please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

        • I am going through the same thing. School ID’s, health insurance cards, etc.,do not have a birth date. This catch 22 is keeping my daughter from getting work. She has nothing that fits the SS criterion. Will getting a lawyer help? I’ve spent hours at Soc Security offices and on the phone and no one can help.

        • Another question – what if you only have an older student ID and are applying for someone with special needs that has lost their card?

      • Hello I lost my ssc as soon as I got it replaced, i no longer have identification.my question is can my parents get a replacement card for me i am 22

        • Hi Corey. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. However, if you must get a replacement card, you must have to apply directly, your parents cannot apply for you. We offer the option to mail your completed application with the required original or certified documents to your local Social Security office or card center. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  6. Is there any case that I can get new social security number to replace the old number? I case someone use mine to commit fraud?

    Thank you,

    WR

      • He does SO! He showed it! He was born in Hawaii. U got a problem with that? R u a trump supporter? He’s a liar. Hillary is a liar. This country (which already IS, and always WILL be GREAT!) is pretty much screwed. BUT…
        We DO have a third choice! Jill Stein for president!! 😀🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

        • Hi Jon, we do not routinely assign different Social Security numbers. If you suspect someone is using your Social Security number, you should go to http://www.idtheft.gov and report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission or call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). For more information on what you should do if you suspect someone is using your Social Security number and to see if you should file for a new Social Security number, please read our publication “Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number”. Thanks.

  7. If you use the vita tax program you can not have your taxes done without producing your SS card- not sure how good this advice is

      • As an employer I totally AGREE and was shocked to see that they even wrote this! I have had 3 employees give me a wrong# in the past – 2 transposed the numbers and had memorized it that way and one had “bought” the number. During payroll I paid to the # I was given… only to discover the error at later dates. I always ask to see the card myself now – to write the # down under the scrutiny of my own eyes.

        • Thank you for your comment Candice. Employers often ask to see an employee’s Social Security card. The Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 15 (Circular E), Employer’s Tax Guide, states, “You should ask your employee to show you his or her social security card. The employee may show the card if it is available.” But, do you really need to see the card? While not required, SSA provides a service for employers to verify a name and SSN for wage reporting purposes when you want additional assurance of an employee’s correct name and SSN. Visit “Social Security Number Verifications” for complete information.

  8. Hi.jim
    Please what is the process of getting an approval from the department of homeland security for a work authorization to begin the application of my social security number.
    Thank you,
    Best regards
    Rasul

  9. A year or so ago there was a blog from the Medicare office indicating a ‘new system’ is being worked on to issue more durable medicare cards, plus a computer generated encrypted number, so that us ‘seniors’ would no longer have to carry our SS # around on our medical card. Haven’t heard, but sure hope THAT happens soon!

  10. Your detailed information as to application for replacement of s.s. card is missing an information regarding how the original documents such as U.S. passport and driver license will be sent back to the applicant and how secure method of mailing such as certified mail will be used.

    Mike

    • You are right Mike, all documents must be the originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept uncertified photocopies. After we process your request for a replacement Social Security card, we return the documents to you via regular mail. Remember that you also have the option of bringing the original documents into your local Social Security office.

      • What if we live in a rural area? We have to mail our original ID with the application if that is the only option?
        It takes longer to send and receive and we can’t really go too long without an ID for anything.

        • Hi Brenda.We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. Other documents that we may be able to use:
          •Employee identification card;
          •School identification card;
          •Health insurance card; or
          •U.S. military identification card.
          Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
          Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. To locate your Social Security office or local card center, go to https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp. We hope this helps!

  11. Actually a piece of paper with your full name and your Social Security number on it is a very dangerous thing to carry around with you. Your best not to have one. It is almost worthless for anything. You cannot use it for identification, you cannot charge anything with it, it’s about as important as your voter card. The most important thing is your social security number either you are in the system or you’re not. Anyone who looked your number up will know right away that you are in the system you just have to prove you are who you say you are and you don’t need your social security card to prove that. This is precisely why the Social Security Administration is putting this on the website. They have finally realized the same thing.

    • If you have ever looked at the list of acceptable documents to complete the I-9 form if a person starts a new job, a social security card is one of the very few acceptable items from column c. on the form. You should never tell someone they are best not to have a social security card!. It can be left at home with other important papers and brought out when needed.

    • The number of times you need your card are few and in between, but you do need one. What is puzzling is why so many in the public continue to carry it with them routinely with a “not gonna happen to me” attitude knowing how rampant identity theft is. Forbes and Money magazines both put having your SSN with you at all times as tempting fate and is the #1 no-no on their list in protecting your identity. Your card will last forever if you store it safely and retrieve only when you need it.

  12. Since I do not have a printer , how can I print the form. Can I not just fill the form went I visit the office . And I will be bringing all of my information or Id forms that is needed. Will this be ok ? My cars is just so old you can even read the numbers

    • Yes Diana, you can obtain and complete the application in the office or the local card center. Remember that documents must be the originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept uncertified photocopies. Click here to learn what documents you can use to get a replacement Social Security card. Thanks!

      • Why are the replacement social security cards mailed, regular mail? My son has gone twice and has not received his card. Where is it? Did someone else get it?

  13. Just had a patient come to our physicans office asking for a certified copy that she’s our patient to replace her card. What does that mean? Does she need a copy of the demographics we have on her or a copy of her photo ID and insurance cards we have on file? And do they need notarized ?

    • I don’t think what she has asked for will help her at all. Personally, you can purchase a certified or notarized copy of your Birth Certificate from your Vital Statistics Office in your State’s Capitol. And, go to your local County Clerks Office to have either a Driver’s License or State ID card made with your picture on it (you must present a posted envelope that has your name and address on it). Don’t understand why people have such trouble following the rules and keeping up with their identity.

      • Hi Marti. SSA does not accept a birth record as an identity document because it is not adequate evidence to show that the person is still alive.
        A birth record:
        •establishes a fact of birth (i.e., that the person was born)
        •establishes the legal name at birth
        •is not sufficient evidence to establish identity for SSA purposes because it does not establish the person’s continued existence.
        Therefore, we need evidence that shows the individual continues to exist beyond the date of birth up to the present time. Please go to http://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ to learn what documents you will need to get a replacement Social Security card. Thanks!

    • A certified copy of medical record (from a clinic, primary care doctor, or hospital) can be used as a secondary proof of identity, if a primary evidence-document is not available. As with any other document we use to verify the identity of an person applying for a replacement Social Security card, the document has to be an original or certified copy, must be current (not expired) and must provide enough identifiable information such as the applicant’s name and the applicant’s date of birth or age. See more at “Learn what documents you need to get a Social Security Card”. Thanks!

  14. SSA should be like the DMVs and charge a $$ fee for replacement cards. Half of the overcrowding at SSA field offices will disappear!!!

    • Thank you for your comment Willy. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004 (Public Law 108-458 ) limits the number of replacement SSN cards an individual may receive to 3 per year and 10 in a lifetime, beginning with cards issued on or after December 17, 2005.

  15. To much red tape to send all of those items. The last time that I was in the local Social Security Office, I showed my Drivers License, Military Card, and Social Security Part A Card. Everything was easy from the beginning to the end.
    My take on sending original documents to Social Security is one of safety. There is not a guarantee that if the SSA loses your documents that they will be the Snoop dogs looking for your Birth Certificate, Drivers License, Passport and all of the other original items that you have sent to them. Play it safe and go to your local Social Security Office.

  16. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! SSA telling people that they might not need to have possession of a SSN card and that perhaps they only need to know the number is some of the dumbest (if not the most disingenuous) advice Social Security has ever given. Don’t you realize that in many states (supposedly in the name of voting integrity), voters are required to show their driver’s license or state ID to vote? And how do you get that ID? In many states, ID renewal or replacement requires that you show your SSN card. If people don’t have a SSN card AND they lose their ID, they often can’t get their ID replaced because they don’t have a SSN card, and they can’t get their SSN card replaced because they don’t have the proper ID! Thus telling the public that they might not need a SSN card just makes harder for a person to get the proper documents together timely should the need for a card or replacement ID occur.

    Also keep in mind that although SSA will accept SSN applications sent through the mail, most people, due to time and concerns about the safety of their personal documents, choose to come into the office to apply for a replacement SSN card. And nowadays, due to the sparseness of SSA locations, transportation issues are often a hardship on poor, older, disabled folk and for those that must work during SSA’s business hours – especially when the need occurs on short notice. Also, when people come in immediately needing a replacement card, SSA might just surprise them by sending them away without accepting the card application due to a name, alien status, and/or citizenship status discrepancy. Many of the name issues result from cultural differences from the norms practiced in this country so we as Americans have difficulty understanding. SSA’s policies often make it extremely difficult, time consuming and expensive to correct such issues. For example, the correction of a long-standing name discrepancy that cropped long ago before the existence of the now ubiquitous governmental agency cross-matching computer often requires that the affected person pay for an expensive court ordered name change. I therefore get angry every time I hear SSA’s PSA about people maybe not needing their card on the radio, especially since this message seems to play mostly on stations with Progressive political content; stations on which the programming directors should be more cognizant of the danger of selective voter disenfranchisement.

    Another concern re this issue is that a working-class person might have a job today, but tomorrow their job disappears and the individual has to step into a temp agency else they won’t have the money to pay the next month’s rent. First thing any temp-agency wants to see is your SSN card and ID. If you don’t have those you are sent away without any work assignment and you are told not to come back until you can produce the proper documents. Thus SSA telling people they might not need their card can increase a person’s chance of becoming homeless.

    Or perhaps things aren’t quite so dire, and instead a person has to immediately open a new bank account because the one previously in use was compromised. Or perhaps a person wants to buy health/life insurance, a car/house, etc. What are any of the companies involved going to ask for first? Of course, the SSN card and ID!

    So SSA, please reconsider your position on this issue. Until such time that a person’s SSN can be instantly biometrically verified remotely by computer, a person should ALWAYS have possession of their SSN card and as best possible, the card should be stored in a safe place (something that is not so easy if you are poor and relocating a lot, another issue that SSA with its duplicate card limit restrictions apparently does not comprehend). A smart person might even want to keep more than one card at separate locations; much like you would if you were backing up computer data on separately stored removable hard-drives.

    • The SSA already mention that you might need it to find a job.

      When you register to vote, they require a Photo ID and proof of residencey. A social security card is neither. They make it so easy to register to vote that you can renew your voter registration at the DMV when you renew your driver license.

      I don’t know why you are have a hard time registering to vote. Dead people are casting their vote every election.

      • I don’t want to to lose your job and go homeless. I need you to continue to pay for my social security disability.

    • None that is what this article is saying. The crux of it ( crux meaning general point ) is that you should not be carrying it around all the time. People do, lose them, id fraud happens.

  17. I DID NOT ASK FOR A NEW SOCIAL SECURITY CARD. IF YOU ARE NOTIFYING ME THAT SOME ONE HAS…IT IS FRADULENT

  18. You know what is worse than loosing your social security card? Being physically disabled, marrying an “able bodied person” and loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because you married an “able bodied person”.

    Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
    NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

    Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

    The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

    The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

    The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
    I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

    Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

    (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine!

    • Before you married you were eligible for Disabled Adult Child benefits due to 1. Your disability prior to the age of 22 and 2. Your reliance on your parents to support you. Once you married you would still be disabled as you were before BUT you were no longer reliant on the financial support of your parents. Social Security NEVER denied your being disabled and does not allege you are cured in any way. You made a decision to marry and now rely on your spouse for support as you and your spouse are now a family. I hope you are at least happy with your spouse and let go of blaming someone else. Life is too short to make yourself miserable over a situation created by your decision that is in conflict with a law what helped you when you met the criteria.

      • You got no one to blame except yourself for the decision you made. The other person you can blame is your husband for asking you to marry him.

        • The free disability money I am getting sure is good. Getting disability for mental disability is a joke. It is nice free loading off the tax payers. The Socialist Social Security system sure work good for people with mental illness.

        • The service is getting worse at McDonald now since everyone is getting disability or welfare and no one want to work. I keep seeing all these hiring signs at Burger King, Checkers, Wendy’s, etc. Since no one wants to work, we have to get use to the bad service. We should give out more green cards to immigrants who want to work in America. They can serve us Americans on Social Security disability.

          • Tony, I am sure it does. Meantime, I have a muscular skeletal disability along with an abscess in my brain tissue. I cannot find any work because of my disabillity and I have to spend the rest of my life this way. If you dont think having an abscess in my brain qualifies me for a “mental disability” then I have a bridge to sell you. Hope you enjoy hades because god will judge us all one day and I will be there to testify.

          • God knows everything. Why would God need you to testify against me? Is God disabled in the brain too?

            The SSA denied people who wrote on the Adult Function Report that they go to church. You are basically asking the devil for free disability money.

        • Life is what it is, not sorry at all. I am trying to warn as many people as I possibly can about the Socialist Security trickery so that others do not fall as prey into their web.

          • It is posted on the SSA website under Adult Child Benefits. How are they going to find what you blogged under So you’ve lost your social security card?

          • Why are you trying to warn them? Do you want people to be alone for the rest of their life or live together in sin and never get married.

      • Chris, the economics of a two income household (at a minimum) are almost a necessity these days. Minimum wage, will barely feed a single person, much less a couple. Being physically disabled means that my work options are nill, there are none. No one will hire me because of my physical disablillty. So, in the husbandry financial support theory, unless he is a millionaire, how can someone in my position ever make it? Honestly, its the end of the rope (and it has been for many years). I still do not see how getting married somehow makes everything better and it is a very twisted dismissing (demonic) mind that thinks this “Rule” is in any way a good idea.

    • Like Chris said, its meant to supplant the support from your parents. PERIOD. Just pop out some babies, roll the dice, maybe get a new claim to file.

    • Um.. isn’t it kind of a SOCIALIST type of thing to draw disability in the first place?? Without SOCIALIST policies, you would have never drawn any funds for disability IN THE FIRST PLACE!

  19. What! you have to prove your citizenship and you have to produce a U.S. driver’s license, a state issued non-driver identification card, or a U.S. passport to prove you identity to get a replacement card. When asked to do the same when voting it becomes an issue.

    • Hi Kathy. We require all individuals applying for an original or replacement Social Security card to present documentary evidence of his or her identity because of the following reasons:
      •due to the growing problem of identity theft and false identity situations,
      •to be certain the individual is who he or she claims to be (i.e., that the person existed and continues to exist)
      •to ensure the applicant for an original card, does not already have a Social Security number.
      •to establish that the person who is applying for a replacement SSN card is the true number holder (NH) (i.e., the person to whom SSA originally assigned the SSN).

  20. The best feature with the new social security card is the 2D Barcode in the back. It took terrorism to finally make security changes to the social security card.

    To bad the credit cards companies can’t verify with the SSA about this 2D Barcode to prevent Identity theif.

    I wonder if E-verify will require companies to submit the 2D Barcode.

  21. What documents can I use to get a replacement ss card if I don’t have a photo ID card, or employee ID card, health insurance card, school ID card. I never got a state issued ID and I don’t have any of the other documents required as proof. Can someone please help me

  22. I have a crazy situation that I need help with…..so here we go;
    I’ve been homeless since 2009, and about a year and a half ago my wallet was stolen in a shelter. I only have my birth certificate and proof of address to prove I am who I am and my knowledge of my personal information. They say I need ID to get my as card but I need my as card to get my ID. So I’m kind of stuck, is there anything else I can do to receive my replacement card because I need to be able to identify myself for housing and job purposes. I’m getting my life in order and this is the only thing keeping me from becoming an active member of society again. Please help bcuz I’ve tried everything in my power.
    Signed,
    Desperate to pull my life back in order

  23. Hi there! I am getting married shortly and went to get all the documents we may need for our marriage license only to find they weren’t there!

    Do I need to apply for a replacement now and then reapply for the name change?

  24. I didn’t know I lost are misplaced my card. Untill I needed it today for a new job. I went to the local social security office to apply for another one. I was assuming they were going to give me a receipt with my social security number on it like they did years back. And I could have brought that paper to the job as proof. Come to find out they stop that. Now I have to wait 2 weeks untill the card comes. I just hope the job is still there for me. Why want they give you a print out anymore?

    • Seriously? They don’t do that anymore? My husband needs to get one and I was counting on that receipt in order to present it to the military to get him enrolled in DEERS. UGH.

    • Hi Brandon. The Social Security card is the only official verification of your Social Security number. With the widespread usage of the Social Security numbers as the basis for establishing other identity documents and the increasing incidences of identity theft, we must process your request for a replacement Social Security card. Generally, we provide you with a receipt showing that you applied for a replacement card and that you will receive the card in the mail soon thereafter.

  25. a friend is getting married in 11 days, she procrastinated getting the marriage license, she just found out her fiancee doesn’t have his social security card…will the SS office give them something that will satisfy for the marriage license, or are they out of luck??

  26. Hi Ray,
    Thanks for your great customer service here on behalf of the SSA!

    I got a question, which I can’t find an answer for anywhere: I am an American citizen (civilian), currently still living in Germany but moving back to the States soon and am looking to replace my lost/stolen Social Security card asap. Which address do I send the SS-5 and my passport to? Can I also send it to a Consulate Office here and have them forward it via Official Business mail? Do I send it via registered mail? Should I include some kind of self-addressed, stamped international envelope (?) to protect my passport from getting lost when it’s returned? Wouldn’t like to have my passport get lost, while planning to fly back in less than two months….
    Thank you!
    Best,
    Joe

    • We are glad we can help Joe. In your case, it may be better to contact the U.S. embassy in Germany. Click here to find their contact information to include their email address; they can instruct you, which is the best way to replace your Social Security card and where to send your application. Thank you for planning ahead!

      • Thanks for your quick response, Ray! Already contacted them this morning…still waiting to hear back from them. You beat them by a mile regarding customer service! Albeit to be fair, I just sent them an email and didn’t use ‘social media’. 😉

  27. This does NOT cover every situation by far. My 15 year old son cannot get his permit/picture id without his social security card, but he can’t get a replacement social security card without a picture id! They won’t accept his school id because his date of birth is not listed on it. There is no other picture id that he has. Not sure what else to do! 🙁

    • When applying for a replacement Social Security card for a U.S. born child, age 6 through 17, we can use one of these secondary evidence documents as proof of the child’s identity:
      – Certified copy of medical record (clinic, doctor, or hospital) or letter providing extract data from the medical record showing, in addition to the applicant’s name, the applicant’s DOB or age
      – School identity card, certified school record, transcript, or report card (must be for the current or prior year) and show, in addition to the child’s name, either a photograph of the child, the child’s DOB, or parent(s) names).
      – Life insurance policy for the child showing the child’s name and the child’s age or DOB.

      To be acceptable as evidence of identity, all documents must be originals or certified by the issuing agency. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. if you have additional questions.

    • Tiffany, welcome to our debacle. You can’t get a Texas ID without a social security card, yet you can’t seem to get a replacement social security card without a very narrow set of identification documents.

      We are literally struggling, 4 times now going to the SSA office, with getting the appropriate medical records that the office will accept. Medical record personnel do not sign/stamp anything when you order legitimate copies, yet the SSA thinks this is a viable policy somehow.

  28. Having been to the SSA office here in Texas, we keep getting turned away having a certified copy of medical records. Apparently, they need to be signed and embossed with the healthcare/hospitals logo — if you talk to medical records personnel they literally NEVER do this for anyone. In addition to this, in a court of law the photocopy/ordered medical record stands up to evidenciary requirements.

    Why in the world does the SSA not accept a standard medical record? In a world where medical records are handled by different companies for healthcare providers, having this signed/stamped requirement is completely out-of-line with the normal practices required by our court rooms and healthcare providers.

    This is making it hell for someone who needs to order a replacement card who lost all of their identification documents in a fire.

    • Note: When I say photocopy, what I mean is that it is a certified copy. Nothing you get with a certified copy of a medical record is physically signed or embossed, though it contains all of the necessary information that stands up in a court of law as “evidence”.

      I feel like I should just forge a signature on the damn thing and take it into the office, as nobody in the SSA office will be any wiser. That is how stupid this process is in terms of “verification”.

  29. So a scan of the front and back of my driver’s license won’t be accepted in NC. Does that mean I have to include the physical card in the envelope? Will they send the card back?

  30. I am recently married and am going to the SSA office to change my name on my SS card. If I bring my original marriage certificate will the SSA office take it until everything is processed or will I be able to leave with my original documents that day and then once they process they will send me my card? Again I am going in person but just want to make sure they aren’t going to take my originals for processing after I leave the office.

    Thanks!

    • Congratulations Tara! We only need to verify your original marriage document. We will return the document immediately after we process your request for a name change. We may also ask for proper ID, such as a driver’s license. Thanks.

  31. I am trying to get a replacement social security card and the ssa website says that I can do that online (new!) I am over 18, a US Citizen and a resident of Washington, DC. So, I created a “My Social Security” account as directed, but when I get to the replacement card page, there is no way to request the card online. Instead it tells me to contact my local office. How does one apply online? Thank You.

    • Hello Dru: Sorry for the inconvenience. To apply for a replacement Social Security card online you must be a U.S. citizen, age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address and you cannot be requesting a name change or any other change to the card. In addition, you need a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card from selected states only. For a list of participating states, please visit: New Or Replacement Social Security Number And Card. If you meet the criteria and, once in your mySocialSecurity account, are still unable to request a replacement Social Security card, you will need to contact your local field office with the required evidence to file for a replacement Social Security card. Visit: Contact Social Security to locate your local office.
      Hope this helps.

      • Kenny, thanks for getting back to me, but it really doesn’t help. The Social Security website says “NEW! – order social security replacement card online.” I meet all the requirements. But when I follow directions, there is no link to let me apply online and the Replacement Documents – SS Card says “notify local office.” The web site is sending conflicting messages. It says one can apply online, but they can’t. I was only asking because I thought that there might be a special link somewhere that I was missing. Going to the office is very inconvenient for me, but that’s what I’ll do. SSA should get the web site accurate – one way or the other. Thank you.

        • Hello again. You must first obtain a my Social Security account before you can request for a replacement Social Security card online. Once logged into your account, you can then request for a replacement Social Security card online if you meet certain requirement. If you are still unable to make your request through your my Social Security account, you will need to visit your local field office with the required evidence to file for a replacement Social Security card in person.
          Hope this helps.

          • I live in Maryland and have a valid Maryland Driver’s license. I registered for a “my Social Security” account. On the “my Social Security” website under “Replacement Documents”, it says contact your local social security office. There is no way to order one online.

          • Yes Bruce, if you live in the state of Maryland you can apply for a replacement Social Security card online. However, in addition to meeting all the other eligibility criteria, the information you submit must match the information we have on your SSN record. In your case, it may be best to visit the local Social Security office or card center.
            If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thanks!

  32. As a suggestion, SSA should be able to generate a replacement card at a local office if the requester has proper documentation. This would be similar to the process at the DMV.

  33. My college age student, who has never held a job before, has been hired and needs to provide her ss card. Problem is, mom can’t find it. I have the perforated “keep with your records” part, but have misplaced the actual card. How long does it take to replace a lost card through the mail? As she will not be able to get to an actual ss office location due to the hours of operation.

    • Hello Kathy. Replacing a Social Security card for your college age student has never been easier. Please visit New Or Replacement Social Security Number And Card for a list of documents that she can use for a replacement Social Security card. If she does not have a U.S. driver’s license, state-issued identification card or a U.S. passport, then we can use other documents. The documents must be current and show her name, identifying information such as date of birth or age and preferably a recent photograph. This could be an employee identification card, school identification card, health insurance card or a U.S. military identification card. Hope this helps.

  34. I have yet to receive my social security card and it’s been more that two weeks. What is the possible hold up? I also had remove out of the place that I had as my residence because of an unground plumbing issue. The owner let me keep the keys to the mail box until the repairs and renovations were made. He needs the keys back this Monday, what should I do

    • We apologize for the inconvenience, Irvin. Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, we process your request and you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. In some cases, a face-to-face interview is required to complete processing your request for a Social Security card. Please call 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment with your local office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting. Representatives at our toll-free number are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this is resolved soon.

    • Hi Heather, thank you for your question. Typically, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days after we process your request. Click here to follow the instructions and to see if you can apply for a replacement Social Security card online. Thanks!

  35. I am trying to get a social security card because i lost it or misplaced it. but my green is expired. and i am in the process of renewing it.how can i get my social security card if my green card is expired? i only have driver license and my green card sying expired. do i have to wait for my new green card?

  36. How does one go about getting a replacement card when no photo is available? I have a birth certificate, mail, a traffic ticket, but lost my DL and ssn card. I am long out of school and can’t get ID without ssn card and can’t get ssn card without ID….. I have a debit card and insurance card but neither obviously has my identifying information on them..

    • Thank you for your question Garrett. Generally, you can obtain the services you need at any Social Security office. However, individuals living in certain areas of the country must now go to a Social Security Card Center to obtain a new or a replacement Social Security card. The card centers allow us to improve services while strengthening the integrity of Social Security Numbers (SSNs). If you annotate your zip code here, you will be advised whether you have to visit a Card Center to obtain a Social Security card. See our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page, to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card. We hope this helps!

  37. So, while getting my driver’s license, the DMV suddenly added a middle name to my name (when legally/originally, I do not have one). However, I was told by the DMV that in order to correct this mistake (THEIR mistake, mind you), I need to provide them with my SS card or birth certificate. Unfortunately, the way my dad wrote my name on my birth certificate looks funny(he spaced and capitalized certain letters oddly) and so I’d like to request a replacement SS card but because my name doesn’t match what legally SHOULD be on my card (no middle name), how can I get a replacement SS card so that I can get the DMV to correct their mistake on my license?

    • In order to change or correct your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name. You can show whichever name you would like on your social security card, as long as you have evidence of your legal name. You may provide documentation of your old and new names. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies. See What Documents You Need To Get a Social Security Card or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  38. I need to order a replacement SS card and see that the website says “All documents submitted must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.” Does this mean that I’m supposed to send my actual drivers license to the social security office?

    Thanks for clarifying!

    • You are right Kristyn, documents you provide when requesting a new or a replacement Social Security card must be originals or certified copies, notarized documents are NOT acceptable. These are examples of other documents you can use:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card (not a Medicare card);
      •U.S. military identification card; or
      •Life insurance policy
      Any documents submitted, must be current (not expired) and show your name, AND other identifiable information such as date of birth, age, or parents’ names. For complete instructions, and to see if you can apply for a replacement Social Security card online go to Social Security Number and Card. If you have additional questions, please call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day or later in the week. Hope this helps!

  39. My social security card was lost and my driver’s license was stolen at work. I need to replace both for a new job. I have a school id and employee id but neither have date of birth only name and photo. I do not have a passport or insurance card, nor a military id

    • Hi Ashlyn, we do prefer a picture ID document. However, it must also have additional identifying information. We recommend that you bring in the documents that you have to the nearest Social Security office or card center in your area. Our representatives will be able to determine if the documents you have are acceptable to process your request for a replacement card. For complete instructions, and to see if you can apply for a replacement Social Security card online go to Social Security Number and Card. If you have additional questions, please call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

  40. Since they don’t accept photocopies, if I send in my original copy of my birth certificate and state issued I.D. do I get them mailed back to me with the new social security card?

    • Hi Jay! Typically, after we receive your application, verify your original documents, and process your request for a replacement card, we return the documents to you. The new Social Security card is mail to you –separately- within 10 business days after we complete the process. Please note that if you are applying for a replacement card, we do not use your birth certificate as a proof of identification. For complete instructions, and to see if you can apply for a replacement Social Security card online go to Social Security Number and Card. Click here to locate your nearest Social Security office or card center.

  41. My parents lost my social security card when I was 2 and now im 18 and I cant get an ID without it and vice versa. What do I do?

    • Hi Alice, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  42. My daughter was offered a job (finally) and was supposed to start yesterday… unfortunately they demanded her ss card, and she unfortunately can’t find it. I took her to a local social security office, I thought they’d give her some sort of proof that she is who she is, and confirm her ss number because she can’t start work without that. The last time this happened, we were given that proof. Apparently they stopped doing that a couple years ago, and I’m afraid she’s going to lose this job because now she has to wait 7-10 days to get a replacement card in the mail. Any advice? She REALLY needs this job!

  43. I realized my card was lost today. I have a job that says I have to have it next Monday with me. If I go to the office tomorrow with filled out paperwork can I get some sort of temporary till my actual new card arrives. I can’t reschedule or I would wait till my card came in.

    • Thank you for contacting us Joshua. Typically, after we receive your application for a replacement Social Security card, we verify your documents and process your request. Then, you should receive your card by mail within 10 business days. When you apply, you should also get a receipt showing that you’ve applied for a card and that one is coming your way soon. Our representatives will be able to provide guidance and assist you further.

  44. Even though SS has our A number I need a new SS card but can’t get one without green card. Immigration can’t seem to find me. Why can I pay SS to give me a record of all my jobs and the money I made with my DL. Why can’t I get my A number with my DL. That way immigration may be able to find me so I can get a new card. This is like a catch 22.

  45. My struggle is I work the hours the offices are open and I’m not able to get a day off any time soon. I need my SS replaced to get my own bank account. (loss mine at time of divorce even though name was already changed). I don’t have a passport and I can’t mail my drivers license – I need to drive to work! Been stuck for months with this issue! 😕

    • Hi Nanette. For a replacement Social Security card, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). You can mail your application and documents to the nearest Social Security office or card center in your area.
      To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card, please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps

  46. Hello,

    I put in a request to receive a new SS card on Oct 24th, 2016 and received a confirmation email saying that my application was received online. It is now Oct 28th, 2016 and I have not received any additional information saying that my application was processed or completed. I need a new SS card because I lost mine and my new employer needs it on file. Is there any way I can provide information or a document to give to my company while I wait for my new card? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi Josh. Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, we process your request and you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. You may contact your local Social Security office for follow up or further assistance. Thanks!

  47. So my fiance has a bit of a problem we’ve been trying to get sorted out for a long time now. He is 29 years old and has never had any form of ID, has no insurance and his SS card was lost as a child. He does however know his SSN and has his original birth certificate. We’ve been to the DMV and SS office multiple times and no one seems able to help us. We leave with them pretty much just saying good luck. Any advise or suggestions on what we can do? Any help is appreciated. Thanks

    • Hi Lisa. Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If your fiance does not have one or if he cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as his:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents he submits, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show his name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that he may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if he is eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents he will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  48. How come when I try to fill out for replacement card online, it says my info doesn’t match. I am a u.s. citizen with a Ssi number..it makes no sense.

    • Hi Rashaan. Your personal information may need to be updated on our records, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday or contact your local office or card center for further assistance.

  49. My 23 year old step-son has a SS number and a U.S. birth certificate, his physical SS card has been lost for years and he has never had a state issued ID or driver’s license. We live in Nevada and without a SS card he can’t get a state issued ID and without a state issued ID he can’t get a SS card.
    So, now what? He can’t get a job because every interview he’s been on they require a physical copy of his SS card.

    • Hi Rick. Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If your step-son does not have one or cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents he submits, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and must show his name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      To learn more on the process visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  50. I misplaced my social security card and I was wondering if I needed to take any preventative measures to ensure my identity is not stolen? I am 18 and have my whole life ahead of me and I don’t want to have to deal with issues of a stolen identity following me if there is some way I can prevent that.

    • Hi Tomi. If at any time you think someone may be using your Social Security number, there are several actions you can take. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. Remember that you rarely need to show your Social Security card, knowing your number is what’s important. We recommend that you keep your card in a safe and secure place. To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a replacement Social Security card visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  51. Hello, I misplaced my SS card and just got a new job. I went online yesterday and applied for a replacement, but they are wanting proof of my ordering a new one and my number. 🙁 Do I have to go into a local office to do that? Will they consider that two requests for a replacement card or can someone get me a receipt showing I did this for my job?

  52. Hi,
    My son just got a job & his employer is requesting for the SS card but his card was lost in out process of moving. If we go to the SS office & apply I know it takes time to receive the card. Is there a way the SS office can issue a letter that he can show his employer so he can start working?

  53. my son lost his wallet with i.d. and ss card, secretary of state says he needs ss card to get replacement i.d. and ss states he needs i.d. to get replacement ss card. he has no work i.d. or student i.d., what can he do.

    • Hi Sharon! Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If your son does not have one or if he cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show his name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      To see if he’s eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents he will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  54. Hi I am 15 and trying to get my temps. I have either lost my social security card or never got one. I have the number but I need the card to get my temps. How do I get a card without an ID

  55. I need to know how to get a social security card if I only have a copy of my social security card and birth certificate with an expired student ID . What would I do to get a new ss card

    • Hi Savannah, we do not need your birth certificate to replace your Social Security card. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  56. hello. i lost my SS card and i now need to get a replacement as i got married this month. i need a new SS card with my name change. is it possible to go in ur office to get a replacement WITH a name change.

    • Thanks for your question and congratulations on your marriage Crystal. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us original or certified documents that verifies your legal name change. In your case, documents we may accept include your marriage certificate with another type of identification. For complete instructions, please go to Social Security Number and Card. When ready, you can take or mail your application and documents to the nearest Social Security office or card center in your area.

  57. My son lost his card and unfortunately had an expired license – so we utilized a medical record as proof. However, the SS official said it wasn’t certified – can you provide a more detailed explanation of what a certified medical record is? Is it a letter with the doctors office identifying that the enclosed medical record was provided by their office as proof of identification of the individual? Is there a “stamp” like you get with a notary? It would really help to know exactly what to ask from the doctor’s office in order to ensure they certify the record as proof.

    • Hello, Rob. To be considered a certified photocopy, the document must be a copy of the original and the custodian (clinic, doctor, hospital) must affix a signature, stamp, or seal with a statement attesting to the accuracy of the photocopy. In your case, a letter from the doctor can be included with the medical records, both documents will have to be originals and bear the office’s stamp and proper signatures. A certified copy of a medical record (clinic, doctor, or hospital) or letter from the medical record must also show the applicant’s name and the applicant’s date of birth or age. We can’t accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents, and we can only accept certain documents as proof of identity. For example, as proof of identity Social Security must see a valid U.S. driver’s license, State-issued non-driver identification card, or U.S. passport. For more information, please read our publication, “Your Social Security Number and Card.” Thanks.

  58. My roommate supposedly misplace my birth certificate and SSN i think he stole it and for some reason moved to another state. my questionis , Is it possible for a person get a ID or driver’s licenses with my information at another state?

  59. I recently lost my SS card AND my photo ID. My job never gave us formal employee ID cards but I do have a document containing both my employee ID number and SSN and address (w-2 form I think). Can that serve to prove my identification? Will the Social Security Office accept this document?

  60. The only documents I have to prove who I am is my birth certificate and tax return forms (w-2 ??). Will the Social Security Office accept those documents as proof? I do not have ANY photo ID. Both my social and photo ID were lost at the same time. Which one should I go about getting first?

    • Hi Jonesy, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  61. Hi,

    I have been struggling for a year trying to get a replacement social security card. I can’t provide any government issued photo ID ( expired state ID). I am however able to provide my health insurance card/medicaid card. Yet both was still turned down and I was told they don’t accept medicaid cards but this site says you do. If I can’t use that to get a replacement then I won’t have any other way to get a replacement card. I have been at home taking care of my disabled father since 2010 and have no other way to prove my identity. HELP.

    • Hi Jabari. Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card/medical records; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. If you have specific questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives. Thanks.

      • I appreciate the timely reply, but my question still stands: What do I do when they’ve rejected all my documents? I need that card to get a job.

  62. If I lost my Social Security Card in the past, and I reported it lost/stolen with my local Social Security Office. Is there any way they can provide me with verification of the date when I filed a lost/stolen SSN card?

  63. I just realized today that my social security card was missing as I was doing final paper work for a job that I desperately need. I did not even know my card was missing until they wanted to make a copy of it. I’ve lost my Social Security card one other time in my entire life and there was a local office where I was living. Now, I’m about 30 miles away from the closest office and it closed today at 12 noon! (Are y’all hiring?) I got online and read that if you meet the requirements you can get a replacement card online because the SSA is “GOING GREEN”. The requirements are that you live in a certain handfull of states that allow this. My state’s not one of them. If you don’t live in one of the select few states that does this you have to get the form online and mail it in with you actual State issued DRIVERS LICENSE or ID. While they will not come right out and say this, it’s the only “document” that meets all of their identification requirements. Oh, they’ll send it back but it’s illegal in Texas to operate a motor vehicle without your drivers license on your person. Basically you have to go, in person, to a local office and or live in one of the privledged states that has made the list. It’s simply not practicle to mail off your drivers license (that is your best form of ID) somewhere for a week or so just to get a document that is worthless as a form of ID. If your drivers license gets lost, it’s NOT free to replace. There has got to be an easier way to get this done. I’m going to probably end up loosing this job becaue of this process.

    • Hi Tony! Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. You do not have to mail in your driver’s license. We may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card/Medical records or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and one of our representatives can provide other alternatives for you to complete the process by mail. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps.

  64. My elderly mother-in-law let her driver’s licence expire, and her passport. We can’t find her social security card, probably issued about 1941. We can’t get a non-driver photo ID without the social security card, and we can’t get a social security card without unexpired documents. We are caught in a circular trap. What can we do? She really should have a photo ID. (At 96, she is not a student or an employee either.)

    • Yes, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents. In your mother in law’s case, we may be able to use her health insurance card or medical records. Any documents she submits, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show her name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that she may not need a replacement card. Knowing her Social Security number is what is important. To learn more on the process, please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our representatives, ask for more guidance on what other documents we could use. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this helps!

  65. I lost my social security card I’m 19 years if i get a replacement card what happens to the other one if someone finds and they start using it like stealing your identity? Would I get in problems of what that person is using it for ? Would my new card have my same number?

  66. Hi do I need to make an appointment to apply for a replacement SS card? I have the application filled out with my drivers license . Florida is not one of the states to be able to apply online, so I have to visit my local SS Office.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Barry. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. However, if you must get a replacement card, you can bring original documents into your local Social Security office or nearest card center. Most offices do offer walk-in appointments however, these appointments are on a first come, first serve basis. We also offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents. Please do not mail in your driver’s license, there are other documents we can use. We hope this helps!

  67. I’ve lost my social security card. (Both original with maiden name and married name) And I never got my name from my ID or license switched to my new last name. I have my ID with my maiden name still, can I still use that to get a replacement social security card or what do I need? I have my birth certificate and mairrage certificate.

    • Thanks for your questions. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. You can show whichever name you would like on your social security card, as long as you have evidence of your legal name change by showing us documentation of your old and new names. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your old name (as shown in our records). Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card. Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. Remember that we also offer the option to mail your completed application with original or certified documents to your local card center or Social Security office. We hope this helps!

  68. “First off if you’ve lost your SS card you NEVER have to produce a birth certificate, NEVER. You NEVER show a passport to prove citizenship. When you received your card the first time these issues were taken care of.”

    NOT TRUE. I went to the SS office today for a REPLACEMENT SS CARD due to losing my son’s card and they most certainly needed a certified Birth Certificate to prove age and citizenship and additional documentation to prove identity. Since it was for my son who is a minor–they requested either certified school records, a school ID card (and he needed to be present) or certified medical records.
    This taught us a valuable lesson–GET PASSPORTS.
    Our family has expired passports that we never bothered renewing. Since the social security administration accepts passport for age, citizenship and identity–this is the much easier way to go.
    Passports can also be used to obtain drivers licenses and basically prove citizenship anywhere you go–employers, insurance companies, banks etc.

  69. Hi. I have a card that carries ‘for work only with dhs authorization’. I have a green card now, do I need to change my card so it doesn’t say that anymore?

    • Hi Margaret. Yes, you need to update your status with us when you become a permanent resident or a U.S. citizen. Your Social Security number will remain the same, and we will issue a replacement card that only shows your name and Social Security number. To get a replacement card, you must provide us with your current documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showing your new U.S. immigration status. We suggest you visit the nearest Social Security office or card center and apply in person. Thanks!

  70. I live abroad and need a copy of my social security card. I have my passport. Can it be mailed to me here? How long will it take?

  71. Please Help,

    I just recently got a new SSN in the mail. but i realized i left the receipt in a rental car. Do i need to call the Federal Trade Commission. I’m honestly worried because i cant remember if my SSN was on the Receipt issued to me at the office.

    • A receipt is just a verification that you applied for a Social Security card. In addition to your name and address, the receipt we provide when you apply for a replacement Social Security card, includes the local address and phone number of the Social Security office or card center that processed your application. It does not include your Social Security number. Generally, reports and investigations of identity theft are handled by the Federal Trade Commission. You can find more information in their website: http://www.idtheft.gov. Or you can call them at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338). We hope this helps.

  72. Hello. I’m currently in a frustrating situation where my social security card and my state ID and every form of current picture ID I have been lost on public transit. I’m incredibly worried if someone has it and I was wondering if I could get a new SSN without a photo ID, or a state ID without a SSN.

    • Hi, Jasmine. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. Also, we recommend you read our publication “Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number”. We hope this helps!

  73. Hey how’s it going my name is ari I recently lost my ss card and applied for a new one I sent my ID in the mail with an application my ss card came in 3 weeks later but my ID hasn’t arrive I thought the ssa agency would have sent both documents together and if that’s the case then where’s my ID and if not then how long with my ID arrive at my house ? I need help please

    • Hi Ari. Generally, we send your replacement Social Security card and return the documents you submitted in separate mailings. You may have to return to the office where you filed your application for a follow-up. On your receipt there should be a local phone number for you to call and speak to someone about the status of your documents. Thank you.

  74. Hi I was so stress because my sd card my passport and green card was stolen and I have to go back on the.boat on Jan 4 2017 I talk to my employer and they said I only have to show is driver liecense and ss but I don’t have my ssn they got stolen what should I do I need it as soon as possible my employer said if I got ss receipt I can go back to work but I can’t show nothing can someone help because I can’t afford my permenent resident card plzzz all I need is ss

  75. Hi, there, and thank you for providing this service to the public.
    As you know, the application form, SS-5 requires one to supply their birth name in addition to their current name, which ‘outs’ (reveals LGBTQ status) transgender women like me.
    I applied for a replacement SS card today at a field office, and was trans-baited (pressured/coerced into inappropriate discussion of my transgender status) by the employee processing my application. I’m concerned this employee may interfere with me getting my card, modify my SS record to contain incorrect or disparaging information, or behave inappropriately to other transgender women seeking services at that field office. I’m also afraid to make an issue of it for fear of retaliation or lack of safe, satisfactory resolution. I did bring someone with me for safety (discrimination is common against transgender women so this is always a good idea) and they also witnessed it, but I have no ‘hard’ evidence like printouts. I also don’t want to provoke further hostility from SSA employees at that field office.
    What recourse do I have if an employee deliberately introduces an error into my Numident or denies me a card? How can I protect myself against possible retaliation should I file a formal complaint?

    • Hi Aly. Our policy requires us to conduct our programs and activities in a way that no person is discriminated against on the basis of race; color; national origin (including limited English proficiency); religion; sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity); disability; age; or parental status. We are sorry to hear you did not receive the level of customer service you expected and we can understand your frustration. You can submit feedback by visiting our “Contact Social Security” page. Once there, select the “Email Us” link, where you can complete and submit a compliment, complaint, or suggestion. We hope this helps.

  76. I went to the DMV to get a state-issued ID and they tell me I need an original Social Security card, not just know the number or a copy (which I have). In order for me to get a replacement Social Security card, I need a state-issued ID…. How am I suppose to get a state-issued ID or a Social Security card without the other?

    Do not say:
    Employee ID -> I do not have one, nor do any jobs around me use them…
    Passport -> Need an ID to get one
    Military ID -> Nope
    School ID -> NOPE

    • Hi, Drew. If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For more information about what other documents we may be able to use in lieu of a Driver’s license and/or State ID, please visit our page, “Learn what documents you need to get a Social Security Card.”

      • Hello Ann, I do not have any of the documents listed on the site that will be accepted in lieu of a driver’s license or state ID, as you need an ID to get any of them and in order to get an ID, I need a SS card. It’s a circle, I need a way to get my SS card without having something that requires me having a SS card to get..

  77. I lost my 15 year old son’s SSN card. Does he need to come to the SS office with me to apply for a replacement card, or can I go without him but with all the required information?

    • Hello, James. You may apply for a replacement Social Security Card (in-person or by mail) on your child’s behalf. However, you will need to present documents proving your identity, his identity and citizenship status, and evidence of your relationship to, or responsibility for, him. You can use a birth certificate to prove your child’s age or citizenship. But you cannot use it as proof of identity. For more information about the required documents, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

  78. Hi, great blog and lots of informative responses to the comments! My question is regarding the time to receive the replacement. Online it states ten business days to be mailed. If I went to the local office, would I get it today, or does the same ten business day standard apply?
    Thank you in advance!
    Heather

    • Hi, Heather. Thanks for your question. Typically, after we receive your application and verify your documents, you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 10 business days. We do not produce any cards on site. We hope this helps.

  79. Hi, Excellent blog! my sister lost her ss card long time ago. She is not a US citizen but needs to know what she has to do to replace it. She does not remember her ss number either and she is abroad. What does she need to do? Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards!
    Juan Carlos

    Juan Carlos

  80. I’ve moved to florida from PA. I applied for a replacement card so I can get my license here in my current state , it’s required for proof of id.. I received a email stating its Been processed and should receive in 10 days, I know with the holidays things may have Been pushed back, but it’s been 4 weeks and I have no form of Indentification now.. Does it usually take this long? What can I do, please advise!

    • Hi Jessica. Typically, after we process your application, you should receive your Social Security card by mail within 2 weeks. To follow up on your application for a Social Security replacement card, you may have to contact the office where you filed your application. On your receipt there should be a local phone number for you to call and speak to someone about the status of your card. You can also call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and ask a representative to assist you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day or later in the week. Thanks.

  81. Do I have to go to a social security office in my state to apply for a replacement card, or can I go to a closer office in another state? I live right on the border of NC and SC, and the SC office is much closer.

    Thank you.

  82. Hi,

    If I apply by mail for a replacement card (I don’t qualify to apply online), do I have to send my actual driver’s license? If so, will the social security office send my license back with my replacement SS card?

  83. Hi, (update)

    If I apply by mail for a replacement card (I don’t qualify to apply online), do I have to send my actual driver’s license? If so, will the social security office send my license back with my replacement SS card? My driver’s license is the only document that I have that shows the same name listed on my SS card. I can’t change the other documents (employee docs, school Id, Medical insurance docs) until I receive a copy of my SS card with my married name on it. I never received a copy of it after I applied for it at the office.

  84. Hi,
    I went to a local office and applied for a replacement card (name change) back on December 12, 2016. I still haven’t received it. I contacted the office and said that it was mailed to the address on my receipt. Should I be worried? How do I proceed? Can I go back to the SS office and obtain a print of the card?

    • Hi, April. Thank you for your questions. If you do not receive your Social Security card within three weeks from the date of your application, it’s best that you visit your local Social Security office. You’ll need to bring all of the original documents that you provided when you applied for the replacement card before. We cannot give you the Social Security number over the phone nor do we provide a card on site. We hope this helps!

  85. I was wondering if someone can help me! Long story short, I have an 18 year old who was adopted and the adopter has lost ALL her paperwork including Social Security Card and birth certificate. She has no idea what the number is and no one will help us. One state, Nebraska says we can’t eat a state i.d. until she has her SSN and the state she was born in, Missouri says we can’t get her SSN without the state i.d. PLEASE help us. She wants to get on with her life, but no one will help. I feel so bad for her.

  86. If I have my husbands id and the filled outa d signed ss-5 application, can I take it to a social security office and request a new card?

  87. Hi. My name’s haley I’m 18 I live in Cincinnati ohio I’ve been trying to get my state I’D for almost a year. I dont have my social security card. So I nee to use alternatives. I’ve tried medical records stuff from job and family services. Everything I can an I’m running out of options. The BMV won’t take any of it. I need help. I have my birth certificate. We’ve tried gettin My social but I can’t do so with out my ID. Please. I need help. I’m running out of patients.

    • Haley, we can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity Social Security must see your: U.S. driver’s license, State-issued non-driver identification card, or U.S. passport.

      If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted, including the following, must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph: Employee identification card, School identification card, Health insurance card (not a Medicare card), or U.S. military identification card. We hope this helps. Good luck!

  88. im a international student recently moved to another state. I had my ssn but i couldn’t get the card because the mail was destroyed due to some reason (wrong address) can i apply for the card from the new state and what documents do i need? I have letter from social security office that i applied for social security from previous state?

  89. I posted on here before, but all I got was a generic (probably copy and pasted answer) which did not help me at all…

    I do not have any form of ID, nor do I have any of the documents listed on the site that are required to get a new card, and I am unable to get them without an ORIGINAL Social Security card

    How would I go about getting a card without those documents?

    • Here are documents I do have:

      Birth Certificate
      Record of Birth
      High School Diploma
      —–
      If I bring a parent with me that can confirm my identity, will that work, or am I too old for that? I am 23-years-old.

      • Hi Drew. A birth certificate is used as proof of citizenship, and is used to establish your place and date of birth. Generally, we use your birth certificate when we first issue your Social Security number. For a replacement Social Security card you must provide us with proof of identity. We prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as: Employee identification card; Certified copy of medical record (clinic, doctor, or hospital) or a health insurance card; Certified school record or transcript. Any documents you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age). Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card Please visit our “New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

  90. Hi,
    I was wondering if I could go to the social security office in Las Vegas, NV with all the necessary documents and get a replacement social security card for my husband. He doesn’t have time to wait in the line. Can I just take his signed application and documents and get it for him?

  91. Hi my name is Paige Perry. I recently lost my Social Security, State I.D., Voter Registration Card, and Health Card. They were all in the same wallet. I was hoping someone would turn it in, but no one hasn’t. I’m a U.S. citizen and I’ve lived in Illinois for 24 years. I was born in America. I have a birth certificate. However, I do not have an I.D. I do not have a driver license, and I lost my voter registration card. I’m a college student, but since all my courses are online I do not have a school I.D. I only have copies of the State I.D.

    What should I do? I’m worried because I will not be able to get a new State I.D. without my Social Security Card. I’ve held onto everything for years, and I’m beyond frustrated that I have to replace everything. Please help!!

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