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How to Get a Renewed SSN

    Replacement Social Security Card

    • 1). Fill out Form SS-5, which is available at any Social Security office or online. Instructions are included on the form. Provide your name at birth, your Social Security number, where you were born and your signature. Information about your parents is only necessary if you are under 18. Include the mailing address where you will receive the card in 7 to 14 days.

    • 2). Provide one form of identification if you are a citizen born in the United States. Generally that will be a state-issued driver's license or ID, or a passport. If you're mailing your application, you can send a copy of the identification, but it must be certified by the agency that gave it to you and must show your birth date, your age, parents' names or physical information such as your height or eye or hair color. Other documents, such as military or school identifications may be accepted.

    • 3). Provide immigration documents and a foreign passport with biographical information and a photograph, if you are not a U.S. citizen.

    Getting a New Number

    • 1). Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The FTC may help you avoid further problems. The IRS may have already issued a refund to someone else using your number and may show that you have not reported all your income. The complaint center will forward your complaint to law enforcement agencies.

    • 2). Provide proof of age, identity and citizenship or immigration status. A certified birth certificate or passport can prove citizenship and age. Immigration status can be verified by documents provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

    • 3). Provide evidence that you are still being harmed by the identity theft. You may not get a new number to avoid bankruptcy, avoid legal responsibilities or if you have no evidence that someone is using your number.

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