Social Security Cards
How much does it cost?
Free! There are no fees for a new or replacement Social Security card.
Who can apply?
You can apply for yourself or on behalf of your minor child. Children under 18 can also apply on their own behalf.
How to apply?
1. Online applications for replacement cards are now available if (1) you are a U.S. citizen age 18 years or older with a U.S. mailing address; (2) are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card; and (3) have a driver’s license or state-issued identification card from one of the participating states or the District of Columbia. To begin, start here: https://faq.ssa.gov/en-US/Topic/article/KA-02017
2. You can apply in-person at 1811 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404. The application is available here: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5.pdf.
What documents are required?
Evidence of age. In general, a birth certificate is required. In some situations, the Social Security Administration may be willing to accept other documents that show proof of age, including:
1. U.S. hospital record of birth.
2. Religious record established before age five.
4. Final adoption decree.
Evidence of identity. Documents issues in the U.S. are preferred:
1. Diver's license.
2. State-issued identity card.
If you do not have one of the documents above, the SSA may accept other documents that show your legal name and biographical information such as a U.S. military identity card, Certificate of Naturalization, employee identity card, certified copy of medical record, health insurance care, Medicaid card, or school identify card/record. Birth certificates and Social Security cards are not acceptable forms of identity evidence.
Evidence of U.S. citizenship. In general, you must provide your U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport. Other acceptable documents include a Consular Report of Birth, Certificate of Citizenship, or Certificate of Naturalization.
Evidence of immigration status. Non-citizens must provide a current, unexpired document issued by the Department of Homeland Security showing immigration status, such as Form I-551, I-94, or I-766.