Replacing a Social Security card now easier than ever


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Where’s your Social Security card? Odds are, most people have no idea where this important piece of identification has been placed.

There are a growing number of states, including the District of Columbia, where, if you’re a resident, you can request a replacement Social Security card online.

At socialsecurity.gov, people can go to the prompt for “Application for a Replacement Social Security Card” to make getting a replacement card easy and stress free. It allows people to apply for a replacement card through their “My Social Security account” without traveling to a field office or card center, as long as they are not requesting a name change or any other change to their card.

For those who don’t have a “My Social Security account,’’ it is easy to create a secure account in usually less than 15 minutes. The personal “My Social Security account” is secure and provides access to earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates, and printable statements. Those who already receive benefits can view their payment history, current status and manage their benefits.

Social Security also has made replacing an annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement (known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S) shows the amount of benefits received during the previous year and is needed for filing taxes. It can be downloaded by using Social Security’s online services. There’s no need to visit a field office. A replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S is available after Feb. 1 for the previous tax year.