Filling out forms and applying for important documents is frustrating, but more often than not, a necessary task. Yes, even if it is just replacing a Social Security card. So can’t you just call someone and tell them you need a replacement? Unfortunately, it is not as easy as that. Like all government processes, you need to fill out a certain form, and as Americans, we sometimes wish the government would make things simpler. Can’t they just call a form, “form for a driver’s license” or in the case of a Social Security Card “form for social security card application.” No, the U.S. government makes things more difficult by giving every official form a number, and in the case of a social security card, the form is called an SS-5 form.
Replacing a Social Security Card
When do you need to get the SS-5 form? There are a couple of reasons why you would need to get this form and fill it out for the Social Security Department. These reasons are when you:
Are a new US resident and need a social security number
Need to replace your social security card
Are a new mother and did not receive a social security card for your newborn
Do not worry! These forms are available online and are easily available online from the SSA.gov website.
New US Residents
When you are born in another country and are a naturalized American citizen (born to an American citizen), or when you acquire US residency through your work or a family relationship, your immigration attorney will ask you to fill out an SS-5 form to get a new social security card. This form with other documents will get you a new SS card.
Losing documents can be very frustrating and their replacement can be even more so. This leads to the question of whether or not replacing your social security card is a priority or not. You might think this to be a lot of hassle, after all, you probably know your social security number by heart. You never use it and probably won’t need the physical card again in your lifetime right? Well, you are probably wrong. A lot of people think this. Then one day out of the blue, the bank may call, or they might freeze your account, until you can verify with documents that you are who you say you are. And guess what one of the required documents to verify who you are is your social security card. That’s when you know, replacing your social security card was a priority. Now, you can’t access your funds, not until, you get another SS card.
Another reason you might need a social security card is because of a job change. If you change jobs, get laid off, or your company decides to close, you will need a social security card. Every new employer asks for proof of identity and one of the documents asked for is a social security card.
A Child’s Social Security Card
Let’s say, for whatever reason you didn’t get your child’s social security card at the time of birth from the hospital. You had a home birth. Your child was born outside of the country or under special circumstances. In this case, you will need to fill out an SS-5 form for your child. As the guardian of an underaged child, you are responsible for getting your child’s social security card and number. When your child is of school age, he will be required to have his social security card.
Fill Out an SS-5 for A Deceased Family Member
When you find a family member that has passed away, you can request a copy of your ancestor’s Social Security Application. This a record that offers important genealogical information. The SS-5 offers the deceased person’s:
Last mailing address
Date of birth
Place of birth
How to Apply for A Social Security Card
Whether applying for a SS card for the first time, renewing one, or requesting the SS information for a deceased relative, you will need to fill out the SS-5 form. You can find this form online or at your local Social Security office.
Print the form and fill out all the required information. You will also need a few other documents to prove your identity. You need at least two proofs of identification documents. These can be two of any of the following:
A state issued driver’s license
A non-driver identification card
US citizenship card