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Social Security Card

What is a Social Security Card?

A Social Security card contains your nine-digit Social Security Number and is how the Social Security Administration (Government) uniquely identifies you. It helps the Social Security Office maintain an accurate record of your wages or self-employment earnings that are covered under the Social Security Act, and to monitor your record once you start getting Social Security benefits.

Why do I need a Social Security Card?

You need a Social Security card/number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some other government services. But you don’t often need to show your Social Security card.

I lost my Social Security Card, what do I do?

If you’ve lost your Social Security Card, please read our “Social Security Card Replacement” article.

Do not carry your social security card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important documents.