The social security card is one of the most important and sensitive pieces of document which one possesses. It is the card which is used for various kinds of social security and identification purposes in the United States of America. This card carries a 9 digit unique code number which is basically your identity. Through this number, you can open a bank account, use a credit card, enroll in an educational institute, apply for a job, get tax identification, apply for insurance, get medical care and get other important things done.
To get a copy of your social security card, you will need to download an application from the social security administration (SSA) website. This application needs to be studied very carefully and filled appropriately. The application requires you to provide your personal information, your contact details, your residential details, and other important data.
Along with the application, you will be required to attach some official documents for verification. These documents will be used to verify your identity. The documents are also required to verify your birth date and place. In addition to this, the documents will be used to verify your citizenship or immigration status. In case you are adopted, the documents shall be used to check the adoption records.
The documents that are submitted usually include the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Religious record certificate for birth before age of 5
- Driver’s License
- U.S Passport
- Adoption Papers
- State issued non-drivers identification card
- Employee identification card
- U.S Military personnel identification card
- Employee identification card
- Medicare/Insurance certification cards
The original copies of these documents are to be presented to the Social security office when you are called for interview or you go to submit your application. The social security office doesn’t accept photocopies of the documents. All your documents need to be original or copies of attested documents from the respective agencies.
Once you have a duly filled application and the required documents either mail or got to a nearest social security office to get your social security card made. In the case of applying online, you should send your duly filled application and then you will be called for an interview to prove your identity and present your documents to your nearest social security office. In case you send it via mail, you will also be following the same procedure. In case you submit your application by hand to the nearest social security office in your locality then you will be required to submit the documents for verification as well on spot and give the proof of your identity.
The total time is about 5 minutes to get the application for getting a copy of social security card processed. Once your application is processed, you can receive a card in 10-15 days. There is no fee for getting a social security card and even if you lose it you can get 3 replacements in a year and 10 replacements in a lifetime.