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What To Do After Losing Your Social Security Card

What to Do After Losing Your Social Security Card

You lost your Social Security card. The card itself is not much of one. Thieves could use your Social Security number to apply for new credit cards in your name, racking up debt without you even realizing. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three national credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion — each year. A simple fix if there's no evidence of identity theft If you want a new Social Security card, you may be able to apply for a replacement on the Social Security Administration's website. If you don't meet the criteria for an online application, you can submit an application for a replacement card in person or by mail to your local Social Security office. What if you're a victim of identity theft? If you have evidence that someone else is using your Social Security number, you can request a new Social Security number from the Social Security Administration. For example, your evidence could be a credit report listing several credit cards that you've never applied for. Or, evidence could be a letter from the IRS informing you that your income tax filings were rejected because someone else already filed them.