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What to Do After Stolen Social Security Card

In September 29, 2017

In today’s age of technology, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes. Due to the availability of personal data through online sites and other technology, criminals can often easily access your personal information through hacks and data breaches. Many criminals can also get their hands on a social security card by stealing your wallet, purse, or bag as well. Once someone else has access to your social security number, they can destroy your credit and rack up debt all under your name. This is why keeping track of your social security card and number when online is crucial to keeping your personal information safe. Knowing what to do in the event your social security card is stolen is paramount in taking fast action to protect your identity. Here are a few things you can do if you have fallen victim to a lost or stolen social security card or number.


If you believe someone has stolen your social security card, you should first try to identify any fraudulent charges whether they are purchases at a store through a newly opened credit card, medical bills, etc. When speaking with the company where the fraudulent charges occured, ask to place a freeze on or to cancel all accounts and to be informed before any accounts with your information are reopened. Next, you will need to place a fraud alert with the three major credit bureaus – Experian, TransUnion or Equifax. Luckily, you will only have to contact one bureau and they will inform the other two bureaus of the fraud alert. This action makes it harder for anyone to open a new account under your name without additional verification of identity. Next, visit the FTC website,, to report any possible identity theft. You can also file a police report to help legitimize your claim of identity fraud in the future to dispute any fraudulent charges or accounts in your name.


If you have misplaced, thrown out, or lost your social security card it is also wise to follow some of the same actions as if your card was stolen. You should still check your credit report and accounts to be sure no one has found your lost card and created new accounts in your name. After this, you can apply for a replacement social security card online through the Social Security Administration website or in person at the nearest social security office. To apply for a replacement social security card online you will need the following:


  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • To be over the age of 18
  • A U.S. mailing address
  • A state ID or license from one of the following states:
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Delaware – must be a driver’s license
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Mississippi
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • New Mexico
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Dakota
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin – must be a driver’s license


If you cannot apply for a replacement social security card online, you can fill out this form and visit an office to apply for your new card. You’ll also need to bring the following personal documentation with you:


  • Replacement social security card application
  • Proof of citizenship which can be either an original or certified copy of your birth certificate or a valid U.S. passport
  • Record documenting your age such as a birth certificate, religious or hospital record of birth, or a U.S. passport
  • Proof of identity which must be a valid driver’s license, state issued identification card, or a U.S. passport


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