Social Security Card

The United States Social Security Card is a government-issued identification document containing the holder’s full name and Social Security number (SSN). A Social Security number is a unique 9-digit number issued to American citizens, permanent residents, and some types of temporary residents.

You must have an SSN to legally work in the United States. However, Social Security cards issued to temporary residents, or other individuals who cannot legally work in the U.S., may indicate that they are not valid for employment purposes.

SSNs are used to track earnings and employment, as well as Social Security benefits. So, a Social Security card is a vital document to have. If you never received an SSN, you must apply for one in-person at your local Social Security Administration office. However, if you simply need a replacement card, you can apply for one by mail if you:

A U.S. citizen can get a Social Security card or a replacement card if:

  • Are a U.S. citizen 18 years or older
  • Have a U.S. mailing address
  • Do not need a name change or any other change to the card
  • Have a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or another acceptable form of ID to prove your identity

See more on the application process here: How to get a replacement Social Security Card

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