Every person living in the United States of America, whether he/she is young or old, U.S citizen, permanent citizen or temporary citizen, immigrant or on temporary work visa, student, employee, child, patient, military person, etc., must have a social security card with a unique social security number of 9 digits.
If you have lost your child’s social security card then you can get a replacement card easily but the procedure and requirements are a little different from an adult’s social security card.
You will have to get the social security card replacement application and fill it for your child including all the necessary details. The duly filled application is then submitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office which is present nearest to your locality.
There are some documents which need to be presented along with the application or later on the day of interview for verification. These documents include four types of documents including your child’s birth verification, your child’s citizenship verification, the child’s identity verification and the parent’s verification as well. The documents may include the following:
- Child’s Birth Certificate
- Religious birth record before the age of 5
- Child’s U.S Passport
- Immigration documents if your child is not a U.S born
- Hospital birth records
- Adoption papers
- Parent’s identification documents
For the parent’s identification, you can present any official document which has your photograph, your personal details, and identification, for example, your driver’s license or your state issued nondriver’s identification card or your U.S Passport. If your child is enrolled in any educational institute, then you will also have to provide his/her student identification card as well.
Once you have submitted the application and gotten the documents verified from the social security office you can receive the card in 10 to 15 working days. If your child is 12 years old or above then he/she will have to go the social security office in person for the identity verification by the authorities.
Everyone is entitled to get 3 replacement cards in a year and 10 replacement cards in a lifetime, however, it is better to protect your and your child’s social security cards and keep them in a safe place to avoid losing them. As the issue of identity theft remains a serious one in the U.S, we must protect our social security cards like some prized possession, gold or diamonds.
The social security number cannot be changed once awarded and this is the reason that losing your or your child’s social security card is so stressful. You may get the replacement card quite easily but the stolen card number could be used by an identity thief. Everything from bank accounts to student records, taxation to medical care is linked to the social security card number and the identity thief can rob you of more than one things.
Hence, it is recommended to keep your child’s and your social security cards locked away safe in a protected place to avoid losing it in the first place.