Skip Navigation


Link to HHS Link to HHS
  Home |  FAQs |  Screen Reader Version |  Español  |  Mailing List site Flag Logo
    The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare
Start Content

Medicare Eligibility Tool

Help - Opens in new window Help Mailing List - Opens in new window Mailing List
  General Enrollment and Eligibility  
   |  |  
 |  |  | Right Arrow About Your Medicare Card 

Your Medicare Card

Need a Replacement Card? Order a Medicare Card by Phone or Online

If you lose or damage your Medicare card, you can obtain a replacement card from Social Security one of the following ways:

New to Medicare?

You will receive your Medicare card in the mail 3 months prior to eligibility. The Medicare card will include your name, Medicare claim number, the type of coverage you have (Part A, Part B, or both), and the date your coverage starts.

Using Your Medicare Card

Show your card whenever you get medical care. This will assure that a claim for payment is sent to Medicare. Make sure to use your exact name and claim number. If you are married, your spouse will have his or her own card and claim number. Never let anyone else use your Medicare card, and keep the number as safe as you would a credit card number. Take your card with you when you travel, and have it handy when you call about a Medicare claim.

Note: CMS began using cards displaying the 1-800-Medicare number. If you have a card that shows something different, it is still valid and can be used to get medical care.

SSA Publication No. 05-11069
January 2000
ICN 480390

Your Medicare Card Front View

Medicare Card Front View

Your Medicare Card Back View

Medicare Card Back View

Page Last Updated: January 16, 2008



  Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Us |  Website Privacy | Website Policies
Freedom of Information Act |
  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 51