Check your documents. In order to get a replacement or a new Social Security card, you must verify your legal name, citizenship, age and identity. This can be accomplished most easily with a birth certificate (confirming a U.S. birth), a U.S. Passport and a government-issued photo ID (such as a drivers license).
Find a local SSA office in or near the Ohio town in which you reside. See Resource 1 for a list of these branch offices. You will need to complete Form SS-5 in the presence of an Ohio SSA representative.
Check the documents needed for verification if you are unsure of your eligibility. If you do not have a birth certificate, you may run into problems. However, if you have at least a U.S. Passport you may be eligible for an exemption. If you were adopted, you need to bring the original adoption papers.
Schedule a meeting with an Ohio SSA representative. Ask the representative about additional documents you might need to bring. This is especially important if you are a resident alien or a newly confirmed U.S. citizen. You may need to bring documents relating to your old citizenship.
Fill out Form SS-5 with the help of the Ohio SSA officer. Double-check the spelling of your legal name and address. If you know your parents' Social Security numbers, you will need to enter these as well.
Give the form to the Ohio official. She will file it with the federal Social Security Administration. It could take six weeks to receive your new Social Security card.
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