This is a social security card replacement guide that yearns to simplify the steps you need to take when seeking to replace your social security card in the event you lose it or gets stolen.The first action that should come to your mind when faced with such a situation is to notify your social security company or other agencies concerned with the same immediately. This is to avoid identity theft as fraudsters can use your number to commit a host of vices which might land you in trouble while unbeknownst to you.
The agencies that are appropriate to report to in this case and their contact details are as listed
below:1.Equifax: 1-888-766-00082.Experian: 1-888-397-37423.TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
The above credit tracking agencies can place a fraud alert on your lost or stolen social security card hence you will be able to track any suspicious activity that might pop up on your card number.
Once you have reported the loss of your card to the relevant agencies, you are on the safe side bearing in mind the harm that could befall you should your card fall into the wrong hands who might have sinister motives such as enriching themselves from your loss.
Let us now dive into the real sauce which is steps to take when replacing your social security card which should not be a very hard task once you have all necessary documentation .Allow me to list for you some of the necessary identification documents that you should arm yourself with when seeking to replace your card: V’U.S driver’s licence v’State-issued identification cardv‘US passport
Once you have one or all of the above documents available, you can now start the process of applying for your social security card replacement.
Here are the key steps to be undertaken:Step 1: There are basically three ways in which you can apply for a new social security card which are:(i) Online – In this case you need to have a my social security account set up. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register for one on the social security administration website. Its also key to note that online applications aren’t supported in all states.(ii) Visit social security administration offices in person.(iii) Make a phone call to the Social security administration offices or mail them your details.
Step 2: Once you have identified your preferred mode of application, you can now delve into the application process by:
1.Logging into your my social security account and filling in your details and submitting online through the social security website.
2.Downloading the application form from the social security website, fill out the required areas correctly and taking them in person to their offices for processing. Kindly note that you should have all your necessary identification documents as put out earlier in this article. Without the necessary documents, you should not expect any service from the social security offices.
3.After printing out the application form and filling out the required areas, you may choose to mail them to the social security offices. This is suitable for those folks who stay far from social security offices.
4.There is also an option for calling the offices of the social security administrators using the number provided on their website and after being verified that you are the genuine owner of the lost/stolen card, will start processing a new card for you.
Having done this correctly, you can now sit back and wait for your new social security card at the comfort of your home.The issuance of a new card after the requisite application takes two to three weeks and it can be sent through your mail or any other avenues you may have registered with the social security administrator. Note: For minors who are applying for a new social security card, they must be accompanied by their parents who must be in possession of their own social security numbers, proper identification and also U.S birth certificate for the minor if the said minor happens to be below seventeen years of age.lf the minor in question is seventeen years of age, then they have the option to either fill in their own application or have their parents or guardians do it on their behalf.Kindly note that parents can only represent their minors after being proven beyond any reasonable doubt that they are the parents of the minor in question.