Replace a Social Security card for a child
To replace a Social Security card for a child:
Step 1: Gather documents proving your:
- Child's Identity
- U.S. citizenship if you have not established the child's U.S. citizenship with the SSA
- Immigration status if the child is not a U.S. citizen.
Step 2: Gather documents proving your:
Step 3: Complete an Application for a Social Security card.
All documents must be either originals or certified copies by the issuing agency. SSA cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.
SSA will mail your card as soon as they have verified all required documents. You should receive the card within 10 business days from the date on the receipt. The replacement card will have the same number as the previous card.
You may not need to get a replacement card. Knowing the Social Security number is what is important. You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some government services but you do not often need to show your Social Security card.