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You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost orstolen. However, you are limited to three replacement cards in a yearand 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions donot count toward these limits. For example, changes in immigrationstatus that require card updates may not count toward theselimits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you canprove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.
To get a replacement card:
We can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship.These include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. consular report of birth,U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate ofCitizenship.
We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. Anacceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name,identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recentphotograph. For example, as proof of identity Social Security must seeyour:
If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot geta replacement for one of them within 10 days, we will ask to see otherdocuments, including:
We may use one document for two purposes. For example, we may use your U.S. passport as proof of both citizenship and identity.
All documents must be either originals or copiescertified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies ornotarized copies of documents.
We will mail your card as soon as we have all of your informationand have verified your documents. Your replacement card will have thesame name and number as your previous card.
Keep your Social Security card in a safe place. It is an important document. Do not carry it with you.
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