How To Apply for a Free Replacement Social Security Card Online

Free Replacement Social Security Card Online

If your social security card is ever lost, stolen, or damaged, you can get it replaced quickly and securely by going online. There's no driving to the local Social Security office, no waiting in line, and no paperwork. It's easy to get your free replacement social security card online from the comfort of home. The online card replacement service is available to residents in most states.

Don't pay service providers who want to charge you a fee to obtain your replacement card. You can get up to three free replacement cards a year and ten during your lifetime. Legal name changes don't count towards your card limit. A change in immigration status that requires card updates may not count toward these limits. You aren't affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.

my Social Security Account

You'll need to use your my Social Security account to apply for a replacement Social Security card online. If you don't have an account yet, you can sign up for your my Social Security account in a few minutes.


Once you're ready to sign in to my Social Security, you can apply for a replacement card if you meet these criteria:

  • U.S. citizen age 18 or older.
  • Have a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses).
  • Are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card.
  • Have a driver's license or state-issued identification card from one of the many participating states or the District of Columbia.

Note: If you're a resident of Alaska, Delaware, and Wisconsin, you must have a driver's license to use this online service.

If your driver's license or state-issued identification card was issued by one of the following states or U.S. Territories, this online replacement service is not yet available. The Social Security Department is working to make this service available in all states and territories.

States where this online service is not yet available::

  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • West Virginia

Territories where this online service is not yet available:

  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands 

Applying Online

Here are the steps to apply online for your free replacement social security card:

  1. Log into your my Social Security account.
  2. Find and select: "Replacement Documents."
  3. Select the link: "Request a Replacement Card."
  4. Provide the personal identifying information that is requested.

Once your identity is verified, your request is complete. Your replacement social security card should make its way to your mailbox 10-14 days (about two weeks) after the processing date. 

If You Need Help

If you can't create a my Social Security account or have a problem requesting your card, call the Social Security helpline or contact your local office. The nationwide toll-free help number for Social Security is 1-800-772-1213.