How to Get a Free, Same Day, Temporary Social Security Card Replacement (2023)

Does this scenario ring true? You are gearing up to start a new much needed job and you can’t find your Social Security card anywhere. Your prospective employer is requiring that you show them a Social Security card to meet I-9 requirements, what can you do?

In this post we will show you how to go about getting a same day Social Security card replacement to deal with emergencies such as mentioned above. We will also talk about what Social Security cards are and why they are so important.

What Is a Social Security Card?

All people who are eligible to work in the United States are required to have a Social Security number which they receive on a small card which also features their names. These cards are an important piece of identifying documentation and are vital for American workers.

The Social Security number is our unique tax number which allows the government to withhold Social Security taxes. These funds are designed to act as a safety net to supply income in the case of disability or for after retirement.

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In November of 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal the first Social Security numbers were issued. Within three months some 25 million unique numbers had been issued.

On November 24th 1936, some 1074 of the nation's 45,000 post offices became typing centers to type out Social Security cards. These cards were then sent to Washington D.C. where on December 1st 1936 a special drawing took place.

The drawing saw Social Security Administration representative Joseph L. Fay choose an individual record at random. This record belonged to John David Sweeney Jr. of Rochelle, New York making him the first person to officially receive a Social Security number.

As the Social Security numbers were not issued in chronological order however Sweeney did not get the lowest one which would have been 001-01-0001. It was actually Grace D. Owen of Concord, New Hampshire that received that particular distinction.

Until 1986 the average person applied for their Social Security number around the age of 14 as it was required to be able to work in the United States. After 1986 tax reform dictated that those claiming dependents over the age of five in their taxes had to obtain a Social Security number for them.

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This change was to make sure that taxpayers were not claiming more dependents than they actually had. Previous to this the tax agency simply trusted that people were being truthful. Today you need to supply Social Security for all dependents claimed so most parents apply for a Social Security card for their child soon after birth.

How to Get a Same Day Social Security Card Replacement

First things first, we should straight away acknowledge that there is no such thing as a same day Social Security card replacement. Please do not feel misled however as you do have some options that may help you still get what you need.

If you know your Social Security number you can set up a My Social Security account online. Through this you can request a replacement card without having to visit a physical location. This will however take about 10-14 business days to arrive at your address.

If you do not have two weeks to wait for a card then there is another option. You will have to attend a Social Security Agency office in person with documents that prove your identity. It is wise to print and complete Form SS-5 the application for a new card, prior to going to the office.

You should confirm whether or not you will need to make an appointment at the office or if you can walk in without one. During the pandemic most offices were requiring appointments and some may still be doing so.

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If you need an appointment this could take longer than the wait time for applying online so it would become a judgment call at that point. If you can walk in then be prepared for a long wait and make sure you have all your documents ready.

You will need proof of identity to get a new Social Security card issued and this proof needs to be an original copy. Photocopies will not be accepted and you will be sent home to get the original if you do not have it with you.

If all goes well and the Social Security representative is willing to issue an order for a new card they will give you a receipt. This will show that you have requested a new card and should be receiving it soon. Depending on the situation this may be enough to satisfy the requirements you have.

This receipt is literally the best you can hope for until the new card comes in the mail in 10-14 days. It confirms that your application for a new card has been accepted and that you will have it soon.

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Is There Such a Thing as a Temporary Social Security Card?

You may have been led to believe that there is such a thing as a temporary Social Security card but alas this is not true. Unlike bank cards, passports and state issued IDs Social Security cards never expire probably because there is no picture on them that would need to be updated as we age.

The sad irony is that the one form of ID that does not expire is the one made out of thin card stock and as such is prone to falling apart over time. Personally I think they should make more robust Social Security cards but I don’t sense they are willing to do so.

Generally speaking though there are only a few reasons you would ever need a new social security card:

  • Card is lost or stolen
  • Card has become unreadable
  • A legal change of name has taken place

As mentioned, the main reason you might need your physical Social Security card in a hurry is that your new employer needs not to prove your taxpayer status on an I-9. In this situation they may accept the receipt from having replied for a replacement card.

They obviously have no requirement to accept this receipt but hopefully they would be understanding that the original was lost. This receipt does confirm however that you have proven adequately to the Social Service agency that you are who you say you are. They may be willing to wait until you have the physical copy in hand but still allow you to begin work.

Officially speaking the receipt is an acceptable replacement document for I-9 purposes but of course if the receipt is old and pertains to a card you should have by now this may raise issues. Generally speaking the receipt is only valid for 90 days at most. If you do not have your new card by this point you will likely need to contact the Social Security Agency again.

Certain banking institutions may not accept the receipt as a replacement for a physical card so be aware of this. In this situation there are no other options but to wait for your replacement card in the mail or search again for the original.

How Do You Request a New Social Security Card?

There are two ways to request a new Social Security card the quickest of which by far is via online methods. As mentioned earlier those who have a My Social Security account can very easily request a replacement card.

It should be noted that not everyone can apply for a replacement online. You must be a U.S. citizen aged 18 years or older with an official U.S. mailing address. You also can not request changes when seeking a replacement; this would have to be done with different forms. You must be getting an identical replacement of the previous card for online purposes.

State issued forms of identity used to request a replacement must have been issued in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Documents from U.S. territories are not sufficient for a replacement Social Security card. You also must reside in a state that supports the online method. There are some that do not allow online applications.

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The States which do not offer online applications are:

  • Oklahoma
  • Alaska
  • New Hampshire
  • West Virginia

If you do not have an online account but know your Social Security card number you can set up an account and still order your replacement online. However if you do not have an account, are non U.S. citizen or have forgotten your Social Security number you are left with just one option.

To request a replacement Social Security card in person you should first try to make an appointment at your closest Social Security Agency field office. You may not need an appointment but it’s advised that you get one to save you time at the location.

Prepare your application and documents prior to arriving at the Social Security Agency office so you are ready to move swiftly through the process. All documents must be originals as photocopies are not acceptable proof for a Social Security card reissue.

What Documents Do You Need for a New Social Security Card?

Social Security number fraud is a major issue in the United States so rightly so you need to prove who you are before the agency will issue you a replacement card. The exact requirements for ordering a replacement card are very dependent on the method you are using.

In the case of an online request you simply need your U.S. driver's license or state-issued identification card. You will need to scan this and upload it to your request via your My Social Security account. As you have to use your Social Security number to open the account you already have a certain level of proof attached to the application.

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If you have to submit a written application due to not being eligible for the online option then the document requirements are a little more stringent. Principally you will need a document to confirm your citizenship in the United States. This is assuming you have not already done so previously with Social Security.

In the case of immigrants you may need to prove you are a lawful resident alien with clearance to work in the United States. This may require your green card or other immigration documents.

After establishing eligibility for a Social Security number you must prove your identity. Typically a U.S. issued passport or government issued ID such as a driver's license can achieve this. If you do not have these military IDs, health insurance cards and school IDs might be acceptable.

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The requirements are that they show your legal name, date of birth and preferably have a recent photograph. The picture helps to confirm your identity to the Social Security agency representative.

As mentioned all documents must be original as photocopies are not accepted. Certain certified copies may be acceptable but only if certified by the relevant government agency. These documents must also be valid and not expired. Receipts of a document being issued such as driver's license having been issued are not accepted. You will have to wait until you have the physical license in hand.

What Should I Do If I Lose my Social Security Card?

The moment you realize you have lost your Social Security card you should immediately start the process of getting a new one. As mentioned it can take up to two weeks to receive a replacement so do not delay.

You never know when you might need that physical copy of the card so you should make sure you have it safe somewhere easy for you to locate. If the card is lost and may have fallen into the hands of others you may consider placing a fraud alert on your Social Security number.


Sadly you can not get a same day Social Security card replacement it will likely take at least 10 days to get a new copy. You can however if you apply in person get a receipt that may meet your requirements depending on what you need the card for.

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Does Social Security give you a card the same day? ›

Answer a few questions to see if you can complete your request online, or if you need to finish part or all of your request in-person. Either way, you'll receive your Social Security card in the mail within 14 days after your application is completed.

Does Social Security give you a temporary card? ›

At a Glance: To get a temporary Social Security card, you can go to your local Social Security office (get your card the same day) or apply online (get your card in 10 days). You'll need proof of identity and age as well as the completed required paperwork.

How can I prove my Social Security number without a card? ›

You'll need to show us a U.S. driver's license, a state issued non-driver identification card, or a U.S. passport to prove your identity. Sometimes you may also need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status with a birth certificate or passport.

Can I get proof of my Social Security number online? ›

Our customers can get an instant verification letter online with a personal my Social Security account. Also, they may continue to call us toll-free to request a letter by mail.

Can local Social Security office print a new card? ›

Once you complete your application (online or in-person), we will mail the card after we process the application. Please understand that we don't issue cards at our offices. If you need to visit an office, we encourage you to first check the office's status at our Office Closings and Emergencies page.

Can I get a replacement Social Security card at my local office? ›

You can go to and answer a few questions to find out the best way to apply. If you aren't able to use a personal my Social Security account to request a replacement card, you can still begin the process online and complete it in a local Social Security office or card center, usually in less time.

Do temporary SSN expire? ›

No. Once an SSN has been assigned it is an individual's unique number for the rest of his or her life in the United States. However, the individual's work authorization may expire.

What is Direct Express for Social Security? ›

The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits and you don't need a bank account. With the Direct Express® card program, your federal benefit payment directly deposits into your card account. Your monthly benefits will be available on your payment day—on time, every time.

What can I use as proof of Social Security number? ›

Verification Documents
  • A social security card.
  • A W-2 form.
  • A SSA-1099 form.
  • A Non-SSA-1099 form.
  • A paystub showing full SSN.

What other documents show proof of Social Security number? ›

Proof of Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Your Social Security card.
  • Tax form(s).
  • Benefit or income statement from Social Security containing the Social Security number.
  • Pending application for an SSN.

What can be used as proof of address? ›

Proof of address
  • a recent utility bill - gas/electricity/water/TV licence.
  • a recent bank or credit card statement (not both)
  • driving license.
  • entitlement to benefits letter e.g.Child Benefit (pages 1& 2)/ child tax credit/ housing benefit/income support/jobseekers allowance/universal credit.

How do I get a copy of my original Social Security application? ›

Online: Submit your request via FOIAonline at Mail: Submit your request using the SSA-711 to the Social Security Administration (SSA), OEIO, FOIA Workgroup, 6100 Wabash Ave, P.O. Box 33022, Baltimore, MD 21290-3022.

How long does it take to get a replacement card from Social Security? ›

If you do need a replacement, we make it easy. Answer a few questions to see if you can complete the request online, or if you need to finish part or all of your request in person. Either way, you'll receive your Social Security card in the mail within 14 days after your application is completed.

How do I print out my Social Security card? ›

You can request one online by using your my Social Security account, which will allow you to immediately view, print, and save a copy of the letter. You can call us to request one at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

What happens if you lose your Social Security card? ›

Print an application and fill it out, then take the application and documents to the Social Security office. Your new card will be mailed directly to you. You might also consider calling the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 to report the lost card.

Are copies of Social Security card valid? ›

Employers cannot accept printouts in lieu of the Social Security card. Only a person's official Social Security card or a receipt for a replacement card issued by SSA is acceptable.

How do I make an appointment with the nearest Social Security office? ›

If you do need an appointment you can schedule, reschedule, or cancel an appointment by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday or contacting your local Social Security office.

Can you change your Social Security number? ›

To request a different Social Security number, contact your local Social Security office for an in-person appointment.

Can I contact Social Security by phone? ›

What is a temporary Social Security? ›

The Temporary Social Security Supplement (TSSS) is a benefit for qualifying Members that increases a Member's SDCERA retirement benefit from their retirement date until they reach age 62.

Can I have two Social Security cards at the same time? ›

You may receive no more than three replacement social security number cards in a year and ten replacement social security number cards per lifetime. We may allow for reasonable exceptions to these limits on a case-by-case basis in compelling circumstances.

What is a Type 1 Social Security card? ›

1. Shows your name and Social Security number and lets you work without restriction. We issue it to: U.S. citizens; and. People lawfully admitted to the United States on a permanent basis.

What is a good substitute for a Social Security card? ›

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Lost your Social Security card? You can replace it, with the help of documents such as your driver's license or U.S. passport, at your local Social Security office.

What is an alternative to Social Security card? ›

A driver's license. State-issued non-driver identification card. A passport.

What do the first 3 digits of your Social Security mean? ›

The first three (3) digits of a person's social security number are determined by the ZIP Code of the mailing address shown on the application for a social security number. Prior to 1973, social security numbers were assigned by our field offices.

How many days does it take to get a Direct Express card? ›

5.3 How long will it take to receive a replacement card if reported lost or stolen? If your Direct Express® card is lost or stolen, immediately call the Direct Express® card toll free Customer Service Department number on the back of your card. Replacement card will arrive by standard mail within 7 to 10 days.

What is Direct Express emergency cash? ›

Direct Express Emergency Cash, also known as Direct Express Cardless Benefit Access is a new feature available to Direct Express cardholders to be able to get cash during times of emergencies. In this post, we will explain in detail what Direct Express Emergency Cash is about and how to get access to this cash advance.

Can I get a replacement Direct Express card online? ›

You cannot replace your Direct Express card online. If your card was lost or stolen, you will need to call Direct Express customer service at 888-741-1115, and your card will be replaced upon request. You get one free card replacement per year.

What is my proof of address? ›

A utility bill, credit card statement, lease agreement or mortgage statement will all work to prove residency. If you've gone paperless, print a billing statement from your online account.

How can I prove my identity without ID? ›

If you have no photo ID, a copy of your original Birth Certificate or National Insurance Card will be accepted provided it is accompanied by a passport sized photo that is countersigned on the back by someone who can confirm your identity.

What is an example of 2 forms of ID? ›

Photo Identification

State identification (ID) card. Driver license. US passport or passport card.

Is birth certificate a valid ID? ›

Aside from the enumerated Philippine Government-issued IDs, here are the secondary Valid IDs in the Philippines that can still be accepted by some government agencies and private companies: Police Clearance. Barangay Clearance. Birth Certificate.

How can I get proof of address without proof of address? ›

Aadhaar to the rescue
  1. Government Photo ID cards/ service photo identity card issued by PSU.
  2. Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead.
  3. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement.
  4. Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts.
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Does a bank statement count as proof of address? ›

There are various documents that will contain your current residential address and therefore count as valid proof of address. These include utility bills, bank statements and insurance policies.

Can online bank statements be used as proof of address? ›

Depending on the company you need it for, you might be able to use your Online Statement as proof of address. However, if the company won't accept a printed Online Statement, you can request a paper statement that will be sent to your home address.

Can you print a Social Security application online? ›

Today, you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Can I download my Social Security? ›

To see your own, personalized Statement PDF, create or log in to your personal my Social Security account. There, you can print, save, or download your own Statement PDF to check your earnings record and personalized benefit estimates.

Does Social Security need original documents? ›

We must see the original document(s), or copies certified by the agency that issued them. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies. If you were not born in the U.S., proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status. We must see the original document(s), or copies certified by the agency that issued them.

What is the secret Social Security bonus? ›

For every year that you delay claiming past full retirement age, your monthly benefits will get an 8% “bonus.” That amounts to a whopping 24% if you wait to file until age 70.

What is the Social Security increase for 2023? ›

Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will increase by 8.7% in 2023. This is the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) required by law.

What is the Social Security 5 year rule? ›

You must have worked and paid Social Security taxes in five of the last 10 years. • If you also get a pension from a job where you didn't pay Social Security taxes (e.g., a civil service or teacher's pension), your Social Security benefit might be reduced.

How long does it take to get your first Social Security check after you apply? ›

Social Security benefits are paid the month after they are due. If you tell us you want your benefits to start in May, you will receive your first benefit check in June.

How do I get a copy of my Social Security card? ›

How do I replace the card? You should apply for a replacement card even if you cannot recall your Social Security Number. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card, Form SS-5-FS (PDF / 5 pages / 125 KB) – all questions must be answered and legible.

How do I know if my Social Security card has been mailed? ›

Call the SSA's toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 to check your status. Your card should arrive within 14 days after you've submitted your application.

Is it better to apply for Social Security in person or online? ›

The easiest and most convenient way to apply for retirement benefits is by using our online application. You will need to create or log in to your personal my Social Security account.

At what age do you get 100 of your Social Security benefits? ›

If you start receiving benefits at age 66 you get 100 percent of your monthly benefit. If you delay receiving retirement benefits until after your full retirement age, your monthly benefit continues to increase. The chart below explains how delayed retirement affects your benefit.

Should I worry if I lost my Social Security card? ›

Your card lists out both your full name and Social Security number, and with these two pieces of information, a thief can easily wreak havoc on your finances. A lost Social Security card is all someone needs to open accounts, file fraudulent tax returns, get healthcare under your name, and a whole lot more.

What to do if your SSN is stolen? ›

You may reach the FTC's identity theft hotline toll free at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or visit their website at Additional Resources: Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft.

What is the highest Social Security payment? ›

The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $3,627. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $2,572. If you retire at age 70 in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $4,555.

Can I change my Social Security number? ›

To request a different Social Security number, contact your local Social Security office for an in-person appointment.

How much will SSI checks be in 2023? ›

SSI amounts for 2023
RecipientUnrounded annual amounts for—Monthly amounts for 2023
Eligible individual$10,092.40$914
Eligible couple15,136.931,371
Essential person5,057.77458
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