How long does it take to receive my baby's Social Security card that I applied for in the hospital?

Each state or jurisdiction has different processing times.  See the "Social Security Card Application at Birth: Average State Processing Times" chart to find out how long your state takes to process the Social Security card application. The chart shows how long it takes each state to send the application and paperwork to Social Security. Add another two weeks for Social Security to send the card in the mail.

If you have waited the indicated length of time and still have not received your child's Social Security card, visit your local Social Security office. You also can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

If you live outside the United States, refer to Service Around the World.

Keep your child's Social Security card in a safe place with other important documents. Do not carry it with you.

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