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To replace an SSN card for a child:

Step 1: Provide evidence to prove the child’s:

  • Identity.
  • U.S. citizenship if you have not established the child's U.S. citizenship with us.
  • Immigration status if the child is not a U.S. citizen.

See Learn What Documents You Need for more information and read our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page to learn about changes to SSN card requests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Step 2: If you are filing the application on behalf of a child, you must also provide evidence to prove your:

  • Identity.
  • Custody/relationship to the child.
  • Authority to sign the application on behalf of the child.

If you are mailing in the application, and the child is a U.S. citizen applying for a replacement SSN card, you are not required to submit original primary evidence of identity for yourself (e.g., driver's license, state ID, U.S. passport).

See Learn What Documents You Need for more information and read our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page to learn about changes to SSN card requests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Step 3: Complete an Application for a Social Security card.

Step 4: Contact your local Social Security office or your local Social Security Card Center for submission options.

We can only accept original documents or documents certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. We’ll return any documents you mail to us along with a receipt.

Important Information

We will mail the child’s card as soon as we have verified all required documents. You should receive the card within two weeks from the date on the receipt. The replacement card will have the same SSN as the previous card.

You may not need to get a replacement card for the child. Knowing the SSN is what is important. The child may need an SSN card to get a job, collect Social Security benefits, and receive some government services. Otherwise, you do not often need to show the child's SSN card.

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