SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Application for a Social Security Card
Applying for a Social Security Card is
USE THIS APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR:
• An original Social Security card
• A replacement Social Security card
• A change of information on your record
IMPORTANT: You MUST provide the required evidence before we can process the application. Follow
the instructions below to provide the information and evidence we need.
Read the instructions on this application. They contain important information about documents
that can be submitted as evidence, and how to complete and submit the application.
Complete and sign the application using BLUE or BLACK INK. Do not use pencil or other
colors of ink. Please write legibly. If you print this application from our website, you must print it
on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper (if you live abroad and cannot obtain 8 1/2" x 11" paper, A4 size
paper (8.25" x 11.7") is the only acceptable alternative).
Submit the completed and signed application with all required evidence to a Social Security
HOW TO SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION
In most cases, you can mail or take this application with your evidence documents to any Social Security
office. However, if you live in an area serviced by a Social Security Card Center, you may need to visit the
Social Security Card Center in person for all SSN related business. We will return your documents to you.
IMPORTANT: If you are age 12 or older and have never been assigned a Social Security number
before, you MUST apply in person.
If you have any questions about this form, or about the evidence documents we need, please visit our
website at Visiting our Internet site will help you make sure you have everything
you need to apply for a card or change information on your record. You may also call Social Security at
1-800-772-1213 or contact your local office. You can find your nearest office or Social Security Card
Center in your local phone directory or on our website.
PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND CARD
Protect your SSN card and number from loss and identity theft. DO NOT carry the card with you. Keep it
in a secure location and only take it with you when you must show the card, e.g. to obtain a new job, open
a new bank account, or to obtain benefits from certain U.S. agencies. DO NOT allow others to use your
Social Security number as their own.
ABOUT YOUR EVIDENCE DOCUMENTS
You must provide the required documents based on your type of request. There will be situations when
we must verify a document with the issuing agency. If your documents do not meet these requirements,
we cannot process your application.
• We need ORIGINAL documents or copies certified by the custodian of the record. We will
return your documents after we have seen them.
• We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents.
• See EVIDENCE DOCUMENTS WE NEED TO SEE on page 3.
ORIGINAL CARD: To apply for an original card, you will need to provide at least two documents to
prove age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or current lawful, work-authorized immigration status. If
you are not a U.S. citizen or do not have current lawful, work-authorized immigration status, you
MUST prove that you have a valid nonwork reason for requesting a card. (See HOW TO
COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION, Page 2, Item 3.)
Form SS-5 (05-2006)
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