• An original Social Security card
• A replacement Social Security card
• A change of information on your record
IMPORTANT: You MUST provide the required evidence before we can process the application. Follow
the instructions below to provide the information and evidence we need.
USE THIS APPLICATION TO APPLY FOR:
Applying for a Social Security Card is free!
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Application for a Social Security Card
Form SS-5 (05-2006) ef (05-2006) Destroy Prior Editions
STEP 1 Read the instructions on this application. They contain important information about documents
that can be submitted as evidence, and how to complete and submit the application.
STEP 2 Complete and sign the application using BLUE or BLACK INK. Do not use pencil or other
colors of ink. Please write legibly. If you print this application from our website, you must print it
on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper (if you live abroad and cannot obtain 8 1/2" x 11" paper, A4 size
paper (8.25" x 11.7") is the only acceptable alternative).
STEP 3 Submit the completed and signed application with all required evidence to a Social Security
ORIGINAL CARD: To apply for an original card, you will need to provide at least two documents to
prove age, identity, and U.S. citizenship or current lawful, work-authorized immigration status. If
you are not a U.S. citizen or do not have current lawful, work-authorized immigration status, you
MUST prove that you have a valid nonwork reason for requesting a card. (See HOW TO
COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION, Page 2, Item 3.)
HOW TO SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION
In most cases, you can mail or take this application with your evidence documents to any Social Security
office. However, if you live in an area serviced by a Social Security Card Center, you may need to visit the
Social Security Card Center in person for all SSN related business. We will return your documents to you.
IMPORTANT: If you are age 12 or older and have never been assigned a Social Security number
before, you MUST apply in person.
If you have any