How to get, replace, or correct a Social Security card
You can use a Social Security card as an ID, to get a job, or collect benefits. Learn how to replace or correct a card. And find out how to get one for the first time for yourself or a baby.
Replace a Social Security card
You may be able to request a replacement Social Security card online.
If you live in Alaska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, or a U.S. territory, follow this process instead:
Correct a Social Security card or get one for the first time
If you need to change the name on a Social Security card or if you are getting a first (original) card, follow this process:
Get a Social Security number for a new baby
The easiest time to apply for a Social Security number for your baby is at the hospital after they are born. Request one when you give the information for your child's birth certificate. If you do not want to request one in the hospital, follow the steps above to request a number and original card for a child.
Your child will need their own Social Security number so you can:
- Claim them as a dependent on your income tax return
- Open a bank account in their name
- Get medical coverage for them
- Apply for government services for them
LAST UPDATED: April 6, 2023
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