Social Security Cards: Documents Required To Obtain A Social Security Number And Card Or A Replacement Card

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As of March 17th: All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service until further notice. However, Social Security services are still able to provide critical services over the phone – (look for site phone numbers) and online information available at – https://www.ssa.gov/

If an individual is unable to conduct business online, check the online  field office locator – for specific information about how to directly contact a local office in your area. The National 800 number is 1-800-772-1213 and  (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Link to the Social Security Administration website:    www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.

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Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon.  People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment.  They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information.  Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5th, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.  SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.

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The following information was obtained from the U.S. Social Security Administration’s web page at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber/.

To Obtain a New Social Security Number and Card you will need to provide at least two documents to prove age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or current immigration status.

The new online service allows individuals to get replacement Social Security cards through the Social Security Administration website at: www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber

To Obtain a Replacement Card, if lost or stolen, you must prove your identity and U.S. citizenship.

To prove identity: Social Security must see:

If you do not have these specific documents or cannot get a replacement for them within ten days, Social Security will ask to see other documents, such as:

To Prove Age: Social Security must see:

To prove U.S. citizenship: Under recent changes in law, only certain documents can be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship. These include:

To prove immigration status:   If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social security must see your current U.S. immigration documents.   Acceptable documents include:

How to Change a Name on Your Social Security Card: To change your name on your Social Security card, you must also complete Form SS-5. You need to provide recently issued documents that show your legally changed name such as a marriage document, divorce decree, court order for a name change, or certificate of Naturalization showing the new name. The new Social Security card will show your new name, but will have the same number as your old card.

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency.   Social Security cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents or receipts showing you have applied for a document.

To Find the Nearest Social Security Office Look in Connecticut’s Community Resources Database:
Search by Service Name: Social Security Numbers

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SOURCE: U.S. Social Security Administration website 
PREPARED BY: 211/rj 
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: April2020