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Old 10-10-2017, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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My daughter, who is 35, lost her Social Security card for the second time.

She is starting a new job this week and they want to see the actual card, not just a photocopy.

The last time it happened she was still living in our city. So she went to the local SS office and got to wait all day for an appointment. She got her new card that day.

And then, she eventually lost it.

My question: If you are getting a replacement SS card, do you need to do that at the nearest SS office or can you do that in any SS office? The obvious answer is to call them. However, they rarely answer the phone.

I'd hate for her to wait all day for an appointment and then be told that she needs to go somewhere else.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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don't know the answer.

fwiw, the last time I applied for a job, they accepted a birth certificate instead of a social security card.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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My daughter, who is 35, lost her Social Security card for the second time.

She is starting a new job this week and they want to see the actual card, not just a photocopy.

The last time it happened she was still living in our city. So she went to the local SS office and got to wait all day for an appointment. She got her new card that day.

And then, she eventually lost it.

My question: If you are getting a replacement SS card, do you need to do that at the nearest SS office or can you do that in any SS office? The obvious answer is to call them. However, they rarely answer the phone.

I'd hate for her to wait all day for an appointment and then be told that she needs to go somewhere else.
When I lived in AZ, our nearest SS office was notoriously slow and inefficient. When we or our friends had questions, or wanted to apply in person, or change their withholding, we went to the SS office in a nearby city. No one was ever refused service at that other office.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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She can request a replacement SS card online. Have her go to: https://secure.ssa.gov and set up a 'my Social Security' account.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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My daughter, who is 35, lost her Social Security card for the second time.

She is starting a new job this week and they want to see the actual card, not just a photocopy.

The last time it happened she was still living in our city. So she went to the local SS office and got to wait all day for an appointment. She got her new card that day.

And then, she eventually lost it.

My question: If you are getting a replacement SS card, do you need to do that at the nearest SS office or can you do that in any SS office? The obvious answer is to call them. However, they rarely answer the phone.

I'd hate for her to wait all day for an appointment and then be told that she needs to go somewhere else.
I did mine through the mail. Didn't take long. I also needed the physical card to show at my new gig. What is up with that???
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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I did mine through the mail. Didn't take long. I also needed the physical card to show at my new gig. What is up with that???
Identity theft. Copies used to be ok until the copies started to be used by multiple people for benefits.

Added: It's also a requirement for filling out form I-9, part of the e-verify stuff.

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Old 10-10-2017, 10:58 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Even if she goes to nearest office, new card will be mailed to her.

https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/3401...ty-number-card

https://faq.ssa.gov/link/portal/3401...-Security-card
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:46 AM
 
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My daughter, who is 35, lost her Social Security card for the second time.

She is starting a new job this week and they want to see the actual card, not just a photocopy.

The last time it happened she was still living in our city. So she went to the local SS office and got to wait all day for an appointment. She got her new card that day.

And then, she eventually lost it.

My question: If you are getting a replacement SS card, do you need to do that at the nearest SS office or can you do that in any SS office? The obvious answer is to call them. However, they rarely answer the phone.

I'd hate for her to wait all day for an appointment and then be told that she needs to go somewhere else.
i am in my 50s and was not even aware anyone would ever ask for your card.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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Identity theft. Copies used to be ok until the copies started to be used by multiple people for benefits.

Added: It's also a requirement for filling out form I-9, part of the e-verify stuff.
Legally, it's not. You're required to show either a passport/green card or a birth certificate + government photo ID for the I-9. The employer can validate the Social Security number online. It's not like it's at all difficult to forge a paper Social Security card. A passport or a new TSA-approved driver's license with an RFID chip is a lot tougher to forge.

Of course, since pretty much everybody is employee-at-will in the United States, the employer can ask for whatever they want.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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i am in my 50s and was not even aware anyone would ever ask for your card.
I'm in my 60s and first time I was ever asked for it was last year when I was opening an online bank account.
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