Social Security Card

Social Security Card A Social Security card has your name and a 9-digit number given to you by the United States Social Security Administration.

You can use your Social Security card as "proof of identity."

Apply In Person
Apply By Mail

Apply In Person

Apply in Person

You can get your Social Security card from a Social Security Administration (SSA) office if you can prove your identity, and prove that you are a U.S. citizen or show valid immigration documentation.

Are you a non-citizen?
Learn more

What to bring:
Before you go to the SSA office, make sure you have:

ONE of these original, unexpired IDs with your picture:
  • U.S. driver license
  • Non-Driver State ID
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • School ID card
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card)
  • U.S. military ID card

Download and print a blank application (in PDF) and take it with you.
If you don't have a printer, applications are also available at the SSA office.

If you have never had a Social Security Number, and are applying for the first time, you must also provide proof of age (either your birth certificate or passport).

Where to go:


**NEW
As of August 13, 2012, if you live or receive mail in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan or Queens you must visit a Social Security Card Center to apply for a new or replacement Social Security Card.
Find a Social Security Card Center in NYC

If you live in Staten Island, you can go to your local Social Security office.

When to go:
Hours vary by location.

How to pay:
Social Security cards are free.


Apply By Mail

Apply by Mail

You can apply for a Social Security card by mail if you can prove your identity, and prove that you are a U.S. citizen or show valid immigration documentation. You must send ORIGINAL documents to the Social Security Administration. All of your documents will be returned to you.

Are you a non-citizen?
Learn more

You must mail:

ONE of these original, unexpired IDs with your picture:
  • U.S. driver license
  • Non-driver State ID
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • School ID card
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card)
  • U.S. military ID card

AND

A completed application (in PDF)

If you have never had a Social Security Number, and are applying for the first time, you must also provide proof of age (either your birth certificate or passport).

Where to mail:
Mail your documents and application to your local Social Security office.
Find your local office

If you live in Brooklyn or Queens, you must mail them to a Social Security Card Center.
Find your local center

How to pay:
Social Security cards are free.