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?
What to bring:
ONE of these original, unexpired IDs with your picture:
Before you go to the SSA office, make sure you have:
- U.S. driver license
- Non-Driver State ID
- 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:
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.