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Heads up: Your Social Security number IS your card

Often, people decide they need to apply for a new Social Security card because they can’t find their old one. As long as you have all of the required information and documentation, it’s not difficult to obtain a replacement Social Security card. But here’s even better news: You probably don’t need the card.

When you think about it, your Social Security number is your Social Security card. That is, knowing your number is usually all you’ll ever need. Know your number by heart, and you’ll never leave home without it.

In the event that you really do want or need to get a replacement card, either for yourself or for a child, you can find all the details at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. The “Get Or Replace a Social Security Card” page provides information on how to obtain a replacement card and what specific documents you need to provide. Each situation is unique, but in most cases you simply need to print, complete, and either mail or bring the application to Social Security with the appropriate documentation (originals or certified copies only).

Important: The Social Security Administration does not charge for a Social Security card. Some private companies, not affiliated with Social Security or any other government agency, charge fees for this service. However, these companies offer no advantage and you will have to provide documents directly to Social Security. Social Security is the best place to get information about Social Security.

And be cautious about giving your private information, especially your Social Security number, to anyone. Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers. Memorize your Social Security number, and you’ll never leave home without it. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

Alan Edwards