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Application for a Social Security Card
The Application for a Social Security Card (SS-5) can be used by anyone who has never been issued a card, needs a replacement card or has changed his or her name.
THIS SERVICE IS FREE. But before you go to the form, please read our new Fact Sheet, because recent changes in law have affected the rules and the documents required for assigning Social Security numbers and issuing cards.
How to Obtain the Form
Below you will find the SS-5 Form in Portable Document Format (PDF). To print the PDF version, you will need the Adobe Acrobat reader software. If you do not already have this special software, see our page on downloading and printing PDF documents.
NOTE: if you live abroad, and cannot obtain 8.5 x 11 paper, the use of A4 size paper (8.25 x 11.7) is the only acceptable alternative.
Where To Send The Form
Finally, take or mail the SS-5 to the nearest Social Security office. Be sure to take or mail the originals or certified copies of your supporting documents along with the form. We will return your original documents right away.
Depending on your circumstances, you can take or mail your application and evidentiary documents to your local Social Security office. First-time applicants age 12 or older must apply in person at a Social Security office while all others may mail their application materials. Be sure to take or mail the originals or certified copies of your supporting documents along with the form. We will return your original documents right away.
If you are not sure where your local office is located, try our Social Security Office Locator service or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
In order to enhance public service and strengthen the integrity of the Social Security Number, the Social Security Administration has opened six Social Security Card Centers. People who live or receive mail in Orlando, FL, Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY, Las Vegas, NV, or the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan areas must apply at one of the following Social Security Card Centers. These offices serve both U.S. citizens and noncitizens applying for new or replacement Social Security cards.
Orlando (Florida) Social Security Card Center - Serving people who live or receive mail in Orange, Osceola, or Seminole Counties:
625 Fulton Street, Sixth Floor
Brooklyn NY, 11201
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Queens (New York) Social Security Card Center - Serving people who live or receive mail in Queens (Queens County), New York:
Las Vegas (Nevada) Social Security Card Center - Serving people who live or receive mail in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, Sandy Valley, Primm, Mt. Charleston and Indian Springs, Nevada:
North Phoenix (Arizona) Social Security Card Center - Serving people who live or receive mail in Glendale and North Phoenix:
Downtown Phoenix (Arizona) Social Security Card Center - Serving people who live or receive mail in Apache Junction, Mesa, and Downtown Phoenix:
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Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Mar 19, 2008