The Social Security Adminstration has the directions on how to get a replacement card.
How To Get A New, Replacement Or Corrected Card (at mid-page radio buttons)
- LEARN what documents you need
- FILL OUT AND PRINT an application
- TAKE OR MAIL this information to us
Replacement Card for a Noncitizen Adult
You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you may not need to get a replacement card, knowing your Social Security number is what's important. You are limited to three (3) replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions do not count toward these limits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.
In general, only noncitizens who have permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can apply for a Social Security number. If you do not have permission to work but need a Social Security number for other purposes, see "If you do not have permission to work" for further information.
What original documents do I need?
To prove your U.S. immigration status, you must show us your current U.S. immigration document, such as:
- Form I-551 (Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Machine Readable Immigrant Visa);
- I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit); or
- I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport.
Taxes: If you need a number for tax purposes and you are not authorized to work in the United States, you can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Visit IRS in person or call the IRS toll-free number, 1-800-TAXFORM (1-800-829-3676), and request Form W-7 (Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).
If you are assigned a number for non-work purposes, you cannot use it to work. If you use it to work, we will inform DHS.
Social Security will ask to see a current DHS document. Acceptable documents include:
- I-551 Permanent Resident Card;
- I-94 Arrival/Departure Record with unexpired foreign passport or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport; or
- I-766 Employment Authorization Document, (EAD, work permit) from DHS.