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How to Replace a Social Security Card in California

Welcome to, where you will find the whole process to get a new Social Security Card in California.

If you have lost your social security card in California, it is important that you get it replaced in a timely fashion. Having a social security card is required for:

  • Obtaining Employment
  • Opening a bank account
  • Collecting Social Security Benefits

Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.

Follow these 3 steps instruction to learn how to renew your Social Security Card.

Step 1 - Complete your SS-5 Application

The first step in applying for a replacement or new social security card in California is the required SS-5 Application form. This can be completed online in a process where you provide basic information such as: names, date of birth, address etc.

Step 2 - Gather all the required documents for the application

Determine the documents you need to apply for your new Social Security Card. The specific documents needed will depend on a variety of factors such as:

  • Applicants Age
  • Application Type (New, Replacement, Update)
  • Citizenship Status

For example, a U.S. Born Citizen adult who wants to replace his Social Security Card wont have the same required documents that a Non-Citizen child who needs an original one.

Note : All documents submitted must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Photocopies or notarized copies of documents won’t be accepted.

Step 3 - Submit your application to your Social Security Office

Once you have completed an SS-5 and gathered your required documents you’ll need to provide them to your local Social Security Administration Office. This can be done in 2 forms: In Person or by Mail. Regardless of the method of submitting your information it will take 10-14 days to receive a new or replacement social security card in California.

*Note: For non US Citizens the timeframe for receiving a card can be longer.

For a simplified application process for all 3 of the above steps

Note: If you are doing this application on behalf another person, you will have to prove your links and responsibilities to this person.

Replace your social Security Card in counties within CA

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