Your social security card is perhaps one of the most important documents you should have. It contains some very sensitive information, so you should always take care of it. However, sometimes unavoidable circumstances arise and you lose your card for some reason or another.
Don’t fret though, this article explains the steps you need to take to get a replacement social security card.
What is your Social Security Number for?
The U.S. government issues all U.S. citizens and U.S. residents with a nine-digit social security number. For the case of residents, however, they will have to first apply for one. They will only be issued one if they are deemed eligible. Most people use the same number for the entirety of their life.
The government utilizes the person’s social security number in order to track the individual’s earnings and employment history throughout the course of their lifetime. Remember that upon being hired for a new job, your new employer will ask for your Social Security number. This is because their accounting department will need it in order to file the necessary reports to the concerned government agencies regarding your income.
Accurate reporting is vital not only for your employer but for you as well. This is so that when you decide to retire the government can effectively determine the amount you receive for your Social Security disability income. The primary determining factor for this being your reported social security contributions.
Replacing Your Social Security Card
If in the event that you lose your social security card, try to keep a level head. It is not the end of the world and you can get a replacement easily enough. The social security office won’t charge you for it.
You should remember to act decisively once you find out that your social security card is lost. Described below is the process adults need to follow in order to have their Social Security card replaced. Just remember that the procedure will vary if the owner of the card is a minor.
- Report Loss of Card – The first thing you need to do is to report the loss of your card to the proper authorities.
- Gather the relevant documents – In order to get a replacement card, you will first need to prove your identity. This is important so make sure to bring identification cards, birth certificates, or any other proof that you are who you say you are. For non-citizens, show documents that highlight your current work-authorized immigration status. Remember that all documents should be original or certified copies as photocopied documents will not be accepted.
- Fill out the Social Security Card Application – Make sure that all your relevant information is correct so that you can avoid problems down the road.
- Submit the necessary requirements – You can do this by having it sending it through the mail, or you can visit the office personally.
These are the steps you can take to have that card replaced. Just remember to do things quickly. The faster you get a replacement, the better.
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