To change the work status shown on a Social Security card:
Step 1: Gather documents proving your:
- Department of Homeland Security work authorization; and
- Immigration status.
Step 2: Complete an Application for a Social Security Card; and
Step 3: Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office or your local Social Security Card Center.
All documents must be either originals or certified copies by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. Any documents you mail to us will be returned to you along with a receipt.
We will mail your card as soon as we have verified your documents. You should receive your card within 10 business days from the date on your receipt. Your replacement card will have the same number as your previous card.