Remember – You may be able to apply for a replacement card online.
Your nine-digit Social Security number remains your first and continuous link with Social Security. It helps us accurately record your covered wages or self-employment earnings. We also use it to monitor your record once you start getting benefits.
Why do you need one?
You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. But you don’t often need to show your Social Security card. Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.
You can use a my Social Security account to apply for a replacement Social Security card online if you:
• Are a U.S. citizen age 18 or older with 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; and
• Have a driver’s license or a state-issued identification card from one of the following states in our area: South Dakota, North Dakota, or Nebraska. For a complete list of states, visit www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/# issnrc.