How Do I Get A New Social Security Card?
Of all the IDs that you must never, ever lose, it should be your Social Security card. Anyone who ever gets ahold of your SS card can be safely assumed to be intending to use it for their own malicious gains.
There are a lot of repercussions to losing your SS card, least of all is the need to apply for a new one. See, your Social Security number is basically the gateway to your life. It is a key of sorts that a thief could use to open bank or credit card accounts, take out loans, steal your tax return among other crimes. Therefore, once it gets lost, it should only make sense for you to get a new social security card at the soonest time possible.
According to the Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), “A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and good credit to apply for more credit in your name.”
In a nutshell, that gives a pretty solid picture of the dangers that lie ahead if you do become complacent about your social security card and identity protection. Sometimes, however, it’s just all a matter of bad luck. Whether you mistakenly left it in your wallet on the table in the restaurant or on some random surface, if you want to avoid being a victim of identity theft, you would follow the SSA’s advice and apply for new Social Security card ASAP.
Here are the steps you should take, as well as the requirements you should meet, to replace your lost social security card. Grab this chance because it’s free. Take a close look at them so that you won’t have to volley back and forth just trying to complete step one.
- Ready the documents requiredOf course, as with any application, you will have to fill out forms for the agency’s records. In order to get a new Social Security card, you will need the respective original documents for the following information:
U.S. Citizenship– Your birth certificate or your passport should suffice to prove that you are a legitimate citizen of the country.
Age– The following documents can be a good source of proof regarding your age: birth certificate, US hospital record of your birth, religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth and your US passport.
Identity – If your identity has been compromised through your stolen social security card, the following can help you prove it: U.S driver’s license, passport, State-issued non-driver identification card.
- 2.Fill out Form SS-5This is basically your application for a new Social Security Card. Applicants may get the forms through the official website of the Social Security Authority. Make sure to follow instructions carefully and of course, to fill out the details as honestly as possible. You wouldn’t want to go through an entire process of re-applying once more just so you can correct an error on the SS-5.
In any case, there shouldn’t be much of a problem with it, because these are basically details that you are privy to already. A note also serves as a stern warning in the application forms that, “The information you furnish on this form is voluntary. However, failure to provide the requested information may prevent us from issuing you a Social Security card and number.
- Mail documents and SS-5 to SSAThis should complete the three simple steps to getting your new social security number. For their part, the SSA will verify your documents. If everything is in order, then you may expect your new card to arrive at your doorstep in as little as 10 business days from the date of their receipt.
Do take note that the normal practice is for the new card to carry your original social security number. Should you wish to have it replaced on account of it being compromised, then you should make a separate request for that.
Of course, it goes without saying that before you do any of those steps, you should immediately report your lost SS card. The sooner you do, the faster you can prevent further damage and misuse from happening.
When you report your lost SS card, you also might as well check in with your bank. At least make sure that there have been no suspicious activities in any of your affected accounts. While the SSA will be there certainly to provide you with a new card, it should not necessarily mean that you will automatically think they will do the same for your bank accounts. Work with your bank to handle the situation in this time of crisis.
At the end of the day, it’s all about being alert and on guard, especially when it comes to your own identities. Keep your social security cards safe at home like the Social Security Administration recommends so you will not need a replacement in the first place.