Form SS-5, or the Application for Social Security Card form, is the form required by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) to apply for a Social Security card. You may use SS-5 to apply for a new (original) Social Security card, replace a lost, damaged, or missing card, or correct or change information on your card.
Form SS-5 is available for all U.S. born citizens, all foreign-born U.S. citizens, and, in some select instances, noncitizens with special authorization from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Please note that you must present original documents or certified copies of documents to be eligible for processing.
You must provide the following when applying for an original Social Security card for a U.S. born citizen:
A U.S. born citizen applying for an original Social Security card must provide two documents to prove U.S. citizenship, age, and identity. A U.S. born citizen applying for a replacement Social Security card must provide one document to provide their identity.
If you’re looking to correct or change the information on your Social Security record (for example, changing the name on your social security card), you will need the following:
Quick Tip - The Social Security Administration can use one document for multiple purposes. If you have one, your U.S. Passport is sufficient as both proof of citizenship and proof of identity.
You are limited to a maximum of three Social Security card replacements in a given calendar year, and 10 per lifetime. Corrected Social Security cards (for example, in the event of a name change) do not contribute to this limit.
Search for your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office or start your Social Security card application online. You may call the SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213 or visit the official website at www.ssa.gov. Alternatively, GOV+ can help you for all your government form needs.
You may prove your Social Security number with any number of different documents that may include the following:
You should receive your Social Security card seven to ten business days from the time of your application. Please note that this timeline is contingent on the applicant having provided all necessary information and documentation. This timeline does not account for delays in processing.