The Social Security Administration now offers online card replacement services for 40 states, plus Washington, D.C.
South Carolina, Kansas, Tennessee, Alaska, Hawaii, and North Carolina this month joined the growing list of states supported by the SSA.
This means 86% of the U.S. may be eligible to use the online service, and 2.3 million people have used it to replace their card, according to the SSA.
In order to request an online replacement card, you first need to create a My Social Security account.
You must also be a U.S. citizen, over 18 years old, and have a U.S. mailing address, plus a driver’s license or identification card from a state that participates in the online service.
In addition, you cannot request any changes to the card, including a name change.
Residents of the following 10 states aren’t yet able to use the online replacement card service: Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia.
If you need a replacement and live in a state that does not offer the online replacement card service, you need to show the required documents, which vary based on your specific circumstances. Then, an application needs to be filled out and mailed to your local Social Security office.
However, remember that you may not need a replacement if you do lose your card. Oftentimes, just knowing your Social Security number is enough.