Can you apply for a social security card online?
That is the question of the day. You know, not too long ago, my colleagues and I had a discussion about this matter. Many of us didn’t know that you could indeed apply for a social security card online. Some of our group found out that you could, but I didn’t believe them. At first glance, I was seeing information that seemed to prove otherwise, but I stand corrected.
To answer your question, not only can you apply for a social security card online, but I did so just yesterday. That means you can do the same thing right now, unless the restrictions hold you up for some reason. At this point, you are wanting to know what the restrictions are. Well, you can’t apply for a social security card online if you have never had one before. That is one restriction, but there are other restrictions that you need to know about.
Sometimes people have to change social security numbers. If you have found yourself in that position, then it requires an extra form and in person verification. You will have to visit the SSA office to handle your business. It is as simple as that. It’s also not necessarily too complicated of a process by the way, but it just has to be handled at the office.
Another restriction is in regards to name changes. If you have change social security card name, then you have to handle getting a social security card in person. Again, that doesn’t mean that you are going to have to difficult time getting it done. Many people have been in that situation. Just think about all the people that get married and change their last name.
There is another restriction that you need to know as well. Some states do not allow their residents to apply for social security cards online.
Do you live in one of those states?
To find out, all you have to do is visit the SSA website. That is the same website of course that you are going to use in order to apply for your replacement card. A good general rule of thumb to remember when it comes to eligibility for applying for a replacement social security card online is whether or not you are making any changes.
If you aren’t changing any aspect of your social security card and just need a replacement, chances are you are eligible. Most states allow you to apply online, so you are likely good to go. You do have to take care of one other thing first before you apply though. It is quite simple, however, and it comes with its own benefits. You need an online account with the SSA. Once you have one of those, you will see the link to click to apply for a social security card replacement. It’s very easy to get an online account established, and you can instantly verify your identity and confirm your account by text message or email.
You see, that’s not so hard. You will have an online account with the SSA for future reference, and you will have applied for a replacement social security card. You will still have to wait for it to arrive in the mail, but patience is the only thing required of you at that point. You will be good to go, and you will be glad that you took the steps to apply for your new card online. For the record, you should be receiving that new card in the mail in about ten days.